Photos and words by G.
Eric Clapton! The legendary rocker celebrated his 70th birthday (a bit late as his actual birthday is March 30) with a pair of sold out shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. I attended the first show on May 1, 2015. I’ve seen nearly every living rock and roll legend in some fashion over the years, but this was my first glimpse of Eric Clapton, so you can imagine my excitement.
Saying very little to the crowd (aside from “thank yous” after each song), Eric Clapton brought out his first guest star 3 songs in – John Mayer. The two jammed on the song “Pretending.” For what Clapton lacked in saying in words, he sure made up for it by playing some amazing guitar solos all night that let you know without a doubt you made the right choice by attending the concert.
John Mayer and Jimmie Vaughan
John Mayer was not the only guest of the night as Clapton also brought out Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks. Also in his band was Paul Carrack, who sang a few songs including “You Are So Beautiful.” Clapton also saluted Ben E. King, who died earlier in the day and dedicated “Driftin’ Blues” to him.
Doyle Bramhall, Derek Trucks
Aside from the absence of Cream songs, Eric Clapton played songs from all eras of his career from “Can’t Find My Way Home” by Blind Faith to the acoustic rendition of “Layla” that he’d made famous decades earlier with his group Derek and the Dominoes. He also played “Tears in Heaven,” which resulted in tears in Madison Square Garden from the audience as the song is about the death of his child.
Other highlights of the night were covers of “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out,” “Cross Road Blues” “Hoochie Coochie Man” as well as “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Cocaine.” You can imagine how cool it was to have the whole of Madison Square Garden shout out in unison – “COCAINE!” The show ended with an all star jam on the Joe Cocker cover “High Time We Went.” Eric Clapton told the audience that this was the best birthday he’s ever had and with that, the 2 hour show was over.
The Finale at Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday show (from left: Eric’s backing singers, Paul Carrack, John Mayer, Jimmie Vaughan, Doyle Bramhall II, Derek Trucks, Eric Clapton, Nathan East)
The setlist was:
Somebody’s Knocking / Keys to the Highway / Pretending (with John Mayer) / Hoochie Coochie Man / You Are So Beautiful (with Paul Carrack) / Can’t Find My Way Home (with Nathan East) / I Shot The Sheriff / Driftin’ Blues (acoustic) / Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out (acoustic) / Tears In Heaven (acoustic) / Layla (acoustic) / Before You Accuse Me (with Jimmie Vaughan) / Wonderful Tonight / Let it Rain (with Derek Trucks and Doyle Brahmhall II) / Cross Road Blues / Little Queen of Spades / Cocaine.
Encore: High Time We Went (all star jam)
Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton
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Voting Will Not Alter The Corporate Systems of Power
May 1 is coming.
So curious to see what will happen. I am staying optimistic that it will be the beginning of great change which is SO needed in this world. But once again, change begins with YOU. Pass it on…
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General Strike Everything Stops May 1
5 day reminder.
If you are sick of complaining, take action.
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General Strike - May 1
Will you be participating or will you be standing on the sidelines complaining about how much things suck?
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May 1st General Strike - PASS IT ON!!!!!!
Listen up New York! We are ALL sick of the way things have become. There’s no doubt about that. Up until now, all we do is complain and just accept our miserable fate that nothing can be done about it. We’ve made excuses up the wazoo and when organizations like Occupy Wall Street came around and POINTED OUT clearly that WE the masses are in control instead of the 1% of the population that are running everything and effectively making us all modern day slaves and what happened? The media took control of the situation, like they’ve been doing since their inception to keep us stupid and afraid and mocked the efforts of OWS. What happened after that? Everyone became complacent again. Well guess what? Change IS happening whether you are on board or not.
My suggestion: turn off your goddamned television that has made non-talented hacks like the Kardashian clan allowed to swim in the same pool as legendary artists and WAKE THE FUCK UP! YOU are on board that train wreck you can’t seem to take your eyes off of, so STOP COMPLAINING AND TAKE ACTION!
If you make less than $1,137,684 per year, you are one of the 99%! What does that mean? 99% of the people are being controlled by 1% of the population. WE can SQUASH them without really trying.
But WE are going to try. Here’s some more statistics:
New York has 34,500 police officers.
There are over 8 Million people in the city of Manhattan.
There is a general strike on May 1, 2012.
No school. No work. Take to the streets!!!!!
YOU DO THE MATH!
PLEASE PASS THIS INFORMATION ON!
Don’t wait for some greedy politician to promise to bring change. BRING IT YOURSELF! STAND UP! RISE UP!!!!
Let’s bring a peaceful solution to this upcoming revolution!
PASS IT ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!