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Eric Clapton – Performances that Amaze

Eric Clapton – Layla 

Eric Clapton is one of the most revered and influential guitarists of all time. From his days with the Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek And The Dominos, to his solo career.  He has had consistent critical and commercial success. This performance of Layla is from his Far and Middle Eastern leg of his 2014 World Tour.  Later, it’s released as a Blu-ray & DVD titled “Planes, Trains And Eric” featuring 13 full length performances from the tour. Although, the release has mixed reviews, this version of “Layla” is pretty great!

Eric & George

Eric Clapton is asked to play lead guitar on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.” Even though, Clapton and Harrison were friends, Clapton thought that the other Beatles would disapprove of his inclusion on the song. Regardless of his hesitance, Clapton laid down the lead on the track and the song soon become widely popular. Performing the hit for the 1987 Prince’s Trust concert. You can see the amazing dynamics between Harrison and Clapton on stage as they play off each other’s dueling guitar solos. It’s pure magic.

The Last Waltz

Eric Clapton’s appearance in “The Last Waltz” to perform Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Further Up the Road” is easily one of the many iconic moments in the film. Besides, a guitar strap mishap, this performance ended up being dueling guitar solos between Robbie Robertson and Clapton.  As well as an amazing highlight captured live for future generations.

Days of Blind Faith

Blind Faith was born after the breakup of Cream. Former Cream members Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton worked with Steve Winwood (Traffic) and Ric Grech. This performance is the first “unveiling” of the supergroup, where the band held a free concert at Hyde Park in London in 1969.  Not their best performance but Clapton still managed to bring his great technique and playing to the forefront of this live performance. 

Derek and Dominos – live at Fillmore

Derek and The Dominos – Live at the Fillmore is a live double album. Recorded in two performances in October 1970 at the Fillmore East and released on 22 February 1994.  This new, improved version of the old “In Concert” album features five previously unreleased performances-of Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad?,  Little Wing, Nobody Knows You when You’re Down and Out, Tell the Truth and Let It Rain -plus two tracks that only appeared previously on Clapton’s Crossroads set.  Our favorite…Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad? Enjoy…

Cream – Crossroads 1968

One of the greatest guitar solos from Clapton! Plus, performing at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco in 1968, can it get any more sublime than this? This precious moment was captured and recorded for the 1968 album “Wheels of Fire” album. The best part is that it captures of the essence of three amazing musicians at their peak!

That’s it for this week, be sure to check back next week!

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