Eric Clapton must like Hong Kong and Asia. He seems to play here frequently – for a western artist, that is. Last time around, he brought Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II to share guitar duties for a really good mostly-blues show.
He’ll be at Asiaworld on February 18th. The info says the band will be Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists. No other guitarists. Maybe Slowhand’s hand is feeling stronger.
Tickets will cost HK$1488, HK$1188, HK$888, HK$488 from all the usual sources. I don’t much care for his latest album – well, I like a few tracks but could have lived the rest of my life without hearing him do Autumn Leaves or How Deep is the Ocean. I’ll probably get tickets though – my gf has never seen him live in concert and he can usually be counted on to do a good show.
When was the first time I saw Clapton live? February 1970, New York City, Fillmore East, as part of Delaney and Bonnie and Friends. My friend and I lucked into 8th row seats. Some cute blonde haired hippie chick from the cheap seats asked if she could sit on my lap during the show and I of course said yes. Delaney & Bonnie were great, the show was memorable, still counts as one of my all-time favorite concerts. (The blonde on my lap did help.)
Getting a bit more esoteric, the opening act was Wilbert Harrison, one of the great early r&b’ers, big hit with Kansas City, doing a cheesy one man band show, guess he couldn’t even afford a pick-up band. And then Seals and Crofts, long before they’d had any hits.
Speaking of getting old, I’m looking at this web site that lists all the shows from the Fillmore East. And I remember going to this show in May ’71 and remember Donny Hathaway being amazing and Taj Mahal having a 10 piece band that included 4 tubas and completely forgot that Leon Russell was the headliner.
(I am, by the way, quite liking the new Elton John & Leon Russell album, The Union, produced by T Bone Burnett, with guest appearances from Neil Young and Brian Wilson and others. Elton’s a huge Leon Russell fan, has been known to go on and on about how he copied his piano style from Russell. Nice to have Leon back in the limelight and this is the least annoying Elton John album in years.)