Eric Clapton Newcastle Metro Radio Arena April 2004

Eric Clapton Newcastle Metro Radio Arena April 2004
Support: Robert Randolph
Over twenty years since I had last seen Clapton perform at an indoor gig, David and I went to his concert at Newcastle Arena in 2004. I’d seen EC at a couple of festivals in the interim; at the Knewborth Silver Clef show in 1990, where he shared a bill with a host of other top names, including Pink Floyd, and Paul McCartney; and in Hyde Park in 1996, which was another great bill, and included The Who and Bob Dylan. I’d lost some of my faith in EC, as I felt that some of his material in the 90s was a little middle of the road, with less blues guitar and less of the rock legend that I had previously thought of him as. However, this gig renewed by faith in Eric. I remember being quit excited at the prospect of seeing Eric close up again (we had seats quite close to the front), and David came up from Leeds where he was studying at the time, especially to see the gig. He had just released “Me and Mr Johnson” which was the first of two albums of covers of Robert Johnson songs that he released that year. So it seemed to me that he has rediscovered the blues, and it showed in his set that night, which featured a fair number of songs from that album, mixed with the usual classics. We both enjoyed Clapton that night, and my interest in him was reaffirmed, to the extent that I have tried to see him as many times as I am able since then. Setlist: Let It Rain; Hoochie Coochie Man; Walk Out in the Rain; Bell Bottom Blues; I Shot the Sheriff; Milkcow’s Calf Blues; When You Got a Good Friend; They’re Red Hot; Kindhearted Woman Blues; Got To Get Better In A Little While; Have You Ever Loved a Woman; Badge; Wonderful Tonight; Layla; Cocaine. Encore: Sunshine Of Your Love; Got My Mojo Working.

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