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Thursday, February 26, 2009

Eric Clapton live at Budokan 2/24/09

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I just saw Eric Clapton, Eric fucking Clapton in the Budokan.
In a nutshell: unarguably the greatest performance of any kind that I've seen.
After seeing Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and Van Halen a while ago, I thought I would be hard to impress.
It wasn't just about Eric's playing, but the rest that came with that that was so amazing. Keep in mind that none of these images came from the performance, we weren't allowed to take pictures.

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. I Shot The Sheriff
05. Isn't It A Pity
06. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
07. Driftin' (EC Solo Blues)
08. Travelin' Alone
09. That's Alright
10. Motherless Child
11. Running On Faith
12. Motherless Children
13. Little Queen of Spades
14. Before You Accuse Me
15. Wonderful Tonight
16. Layla
17. Cocaine

18. Crossroads

The Band:

Vocals/guitar - Eric Clapton

Vocals/guitar - Doyle Bramhall II

Bass - Willie Weeks

Keyboards - Chris Stainton

drums - Abe Loboriel Jr.

backing vocals - Sharon White and Mitchelle John


1. Eric Clapton

Many would say that fellow 64 year old Slowhand has lost his skills as a guitarist in the past couple of years. I agree with that and he hasn't done much amazing techniques. But that's part bull**** because he was more solid than any of his past performance. He had no singn of sloppiness, and despite me being an ass listening if he would ever miss a not, he never did. 

He showed us everything we love about him : killer vibratos, the simple but emotional solos, five minute improvised solos on almost every song, the great vocals, and all of his signature moves. This man truly is "God"

2. His Band

Forget Derek Trucks because Eric was accompanied by Doyle Bramhall II. A lot of you will recognize him: the Texan southpaw played lead guitar with Roger Waters, notably providing the role as David Gilmour in "In the Flesh" where he sang and played the solo for Comfortably Numb. He played with Jimmie Vaughan since he was 16, moved to form a band with the Double Trouble after Stevie Ray Vaughan's death, and now with Clapton. He's 1/3 Albert King, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has that mean tone on his guitar while he uses  right-handed guitars. The appearance of him playing a right-handed Flying V was just amazing. His solos that uses his technique of slide were almost equally great with Trucks'.

The keyboardist wasn't that bad, but he shot a few solos here and there which gained a lot of clapping. The drummer was a cross between Dave Grohl, Keith Moon, and Ginger Baker. SUPER powerful, accurate, wide armed, and uses two base drums. The bassist, though didn't show any solos was very solid, better than any of his predecessors. It's always important to have a great rhythm section. The backing vocals were both black, which is saying something great when you're singing the blues.

The Songs

It's a great setlist and a whole lotta solos, which were like an onslaught of really good porn for me. It lacked White Room and Sunshine of Your Love, and being a huge fan of Cream myself I was a bit disappointed. That's the only complaint. Many of the songs were from the albums "461 Ocean Boulevard", "Journey Man" and "Layla".

I was not expecting to see "Why Does Love Got to be So Sad", my second favorite track from the Layla album. "I Shot the Sheriff" was just amazing with the solos. I ended up enjoying the songs that I never listen to myself. He played three acoustic number, which some would be unimpressed not seeing Tears in Heaven, but the three songs were good enough to replace it. He soloed, sang, played a lick, sang, and did that BB King thing on an acoustic. In his performances of "Little Queen of Spades" and "Before You Accuse Me" he jammed with the band for 20 minutes, and I was about to faint a couple of times because of the massive fidelity that was heard though the guitarists solos.

Then came "Layla" and when he played the first open A string, the entire audience stood up. Of course the dual solo with all of the instruments came at the end. When the keyboardist played the final bar, before playing the last note on his keyboard, it was replaced by the first note of "Cocaine". The whole audience wen "WHOA" as it gave them time to cheer during the intro of Cocaine. In such an anti-drug society as Japan has been, it was surprising that we all went "COCAIN!" at the end, pointing at the sealing. They bowed and left the stage, but then returned to play the last number : Crossroads. Very fast and intense it was, I was amazed how Eric totally flipped around the solo on that number.

They really bowed this time and then left the stage with hundreds cheering, including me.

Overall, an AMAZING show, and he's heading for Australia and New Zealand next so check them out, please. You'll be impressed by how much you'll be drenched with blues when you come out of the concert. It won't matter if you're a headbanger, a punk, an emo, a pop fanatic, or a rapper. It appeals to any demographic and is a must see.

I had the most fun in my life and I won't forget this groundbreaking experience. I saw an immediate influence when getting home and picking up my guitar that my tonal quality has improved drastically. 

Thanks for reading my review.

 Eric Clapton

1:13 am - 2 comments - 2 Kudos - Report!
The Clerk wrote on Mar 11th, 2009 12:57pm

Good writing :)


radomua wrote on Mar 14th, 2009 9:39am

thank you, someone seems to care :smile:


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