[Slowhand] May 19th RAH

Simon George simon.george5 at ntlworld.com
Tue May 23 07:14:56 EDT 2006

Just a few thoughts on this gig.
Apologies for the delay, but I stayed over for a couple of days and have been ill with a cold since my return.
I was sat 12th row of the arena, just on the aisle, so my view was great. Clapton was on fire that night, even Doyle couldn't take his eyes off of EC at every solo. The sound was much better than Birmingham, and the band seemed far more cohesive. At Birmingham, I could have dragged Derek Trucks off stage foe stealing the limelight, but both his contribution, and his guitar levels seemed to have been roped in a little more. I was fortunate enough to meet Derek Trucks, Tim of the kick horns, the backing singers and Tim Carmon after the gig, and they all agreed, that that night in particular had been 'a lot of fun'. I was also able to blag a couple of picks off of Lee Dickson, and a set list off of Robert Collins the sound guy. ( Although curiously he wouldn't give me his copy with the key signatures on, but gave me a fresh one from his drawer).
One amusing highlight was, as they came on for the encore, EC sat on the drum podium, as the drummer hit the base drum, Clapton leapt at least a foot into the air, much to the amusement of the rest of the band.
All in all, that was probably the best Clapton gig I've seen in many years, (even my wife said she thoroughly enjoyed it!).
P.S Do all genuine fans get annoyed by the reaction 'Wonderful Tonight' gets? He plays his heart out on an amazing solo which gets polite applause, then plays those four little notes and half the audience starts cheering!

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