[Slowhand] For Olli

Richard Millard millard_richard at yahoo.com
Wed May 10 14:38:18 EDT 2006

For the record, when I said that EC should play music he is passionate about, I was responding to an argument made on this list, that he is required for commercial reasons to play the standards that his marginal fans expect. I was suggesting that this is not a good reason to include songs in a setlist, and that instead he should play music that involves him emotionally.

If he is truly passionate about the old war horses, that's great. I haven't heard much evidence of this the last few times I've seen him, but if you have, then well done you - I'm glad you enjoy them and I hope you enjoy them this tour. I'm going to try to enjoy them as well, but I still feel the need for a change.

Even if an expericene is enjoyable, do we really want to keep repeating that same experience year after year, and never try anything new? Do we keep going on holiday year after year to the same spot, or visiting the same restaurant and ordering the same dish year after year after year? Maybe some of us do, but for myself, I like to visit different places and try different things, even if what I've done in the past has been a lot of fun - I don't need to keep repeating it to the exclusion of other things.

Now back to EC. The setlist changed again at Manchester. Anyday and Sheriff were back. Could this finally be a tour where the setlist will change from night to night, and not resolve itself to a single repeated pattern? How great would that be! I'm starting to get excited!

From: "ollio" <ollio at mbnet.fi>
To: <slowhand at planet-torque.com>
Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 22:06:19 +0300
Subject: [Slowhand] Wonderful setlist tonight?

Hi all,

Although I have heard Wonderful Tonight about 1000 times too many and sometimes even Layla gets on my nerves, I don't see how it reduces Eric Clapton's artistic status to play those two songs, that most people associate with him.
They are part of his musical legacy and he has said on any occasions, that he is very proud of those songs and enjoys still playing them.
Cocaine is a crowd pleaser and Clapton says it's fun to play. Who am I to accuse EC for playing something he likes?
And who is Richard Millard to declare, that Clapton doesn't care for the music he plays? :)
How on earth does Richard Millard know what music Eric Clapton cares for? ;)
Could he be just quessing?

I'm sure we all know better!!
And as far as I know mr. Clapton really cares for that muswic he's playing live. That is what makes him one of the best performers and musicians I'veever seen!


From: "paul stewart" <paulstewart64 at hotmail.com>
To: slowhand at planet-torque.com
Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 23:59:25 +0000
Subject: [Slowhand] RE: Slowhand Digest, Vol 7, Issue 177

Hi there

I've just returned home from watching EC in Manchester UK. What a great

Yes, there were many of the "old favourites" but for me they still sounded
fresh because of the band. Being a relative new devotee to Clapton's music
it was great to hear so many of his back catalogue for the very first time
and some superb arrangements. In parts there were almost medleys with the
briefest of pauses prior to launching into another song. It worked well for
me and kept the pace moving well.

For those of you yet to see a concertin this tour, you're in for a treat. In
many ways, the highlights for me after Eric's solos was the amazing guitar
work of Derek Trucks. Gees, this guy can play! I was absolutely spellbound
watching him on the big screen.

Overall, the band were superb although I thought the sound engineer got it
wrong. Robert Cray opened the night with a good 45 minute set. Sadly I
didn't know any of his songs and was disappointed that they didn't do much
for me. Again I think the sound played a part as the vocal was too low in
the mix from where I was sat (ticket arranged via EC Access and certainly
not the best in the venue). It's testament to Robert that the stadium was
almost full for his set. How many opening acts can you say that about.

The sound was better for EC but overall the lead vocal was drowned by the

Overall, a great concert. A very mixed bag and one that I enjoyed
tremedously. I'm off to RAH next week to see EC again. Hope to see some of
you then.

By the way, for anyone interested in gear, EC seemed to be using the same
amp set up he used at RAH for Cream. His main guitar was a pewter coloured
strat although he used two black strats too, his usual Martin and the black

Best wishes


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> 3. Re: Stables???NO horse, no riders? Eh?? (ToeKneeF)

>From: "Ron Ciul"

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>Subject: [Slowhand] ARSG

>Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 11:57:11 -0400

>What ever happened to the ARSG?


>Remember the "Automated Random Setlist Generator"

>that Delta Nick proposed two or three tours back?

>Put in the names of all the songs EC has recorded or played live in his


>and let the ARSG spit out a list of 16 new ones every night.

>Someone must be marketing one by now because it is being used by the Allman

>Brothers, Gov't Mule and almost all the Jam Bands.

>Oh wait, I just answered my own question. Clapton and Cream are no longer


>bands. But, I still love their music and go to the concerts just the same.



>out from the lurking


>From: "Alison A."

>To: slowhand at planet-torque.com

>Subject: [Slowhand] Slowhand Digest, Vol 7, Issue 176

>Date: Tue, 9 May 2006 09:09:46 -0700 (PDT)

> >I just like the way he sings and plays the guitar...and I think he's a

>pretty good songwriter too!


> Garret<


> Agreed! And, I'm just glad he's still alive and wants to tour.




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>From: ToeKneeF

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>Subject: [Slowhand] Re: Stables???NO horse, no riders? Eh??

>Date: Tue, 09 May 2006 12:10:57 -0400

>Garret.......One More Horse, One More Rider...........the man does have his

>quirks.........he has not played in NJ in over a decade. I believe when a

>local venue/promoter does him wrong..........HE DOES NOT FORGET!! Whatever

>his issues with OZ, I hope he eventually comes around. I have friends in

>Perth and Brisbane as well as others in NZ who would love to see him

>perform locally.


>As for the grenade you threw over the fence.......my 2 cents

>FWIW...............Springsteen, good guitar player......Clapton, GREAT

>guitar player........Springsteen, GREAT song writer.......Clapton, good

>song writer.........as for overall superstar.........objectively speaking

>(Ticket and Record sales) Springsteen, hands down...............as for who

>MY #1 is..........CLAPTON - Hands Down........T



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