Eric's Back, Clapton Kicks Off New Tour

Eric Clapton kicked off his 2017 concert dates on Sunday night (March 19th) with a career spanning set at New York's Madison Square Garden. Ultimate Classic Rock reported that along with the many blues standards he's tackled himself over the years, "Slowhand" covered key tracks by Cream -- "Badge," and "Cross Road Blues," and "Sunshine Of Your Love," Derek & The Dominos -- "Key To The Highway," "Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out," and "Layla," as well as such solo classics as "Wonderful Tonight," "Cocaine," "Tears In Heaven," and "I Shot The Sheriff," among others. Both Jimmy Vaughan and Guy Clark Jr. joined Clapton for his show closing rendition of Bo Diddley's "Before You Accuse Me."

Eric Clapton told us, that like any seasoned performer, he does his best to make sure fans leave the concert satisfied, but his first priority is actually the people standing next to him on stage. He said things only work when he and his fellow musicians are in sync: ["I really play for the band -- y'know, we play for one another. That's the first priority, is 'Are we all clicking?' And then, once you've looked inward, you look out and see if everyone's O.K. out there."] 

  • Eric Clapton tour dates (subject to change):
  • March 25, 26 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum
  • May 22, 24, 25 - London, England - Royal Albert Hall
  • September 7, 8 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
  • September 15, 16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum

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