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Madison Square Garden, NYC

September 7, 2017

View: Nearly on the roof

Clapton started with Somebody’s Knocking from his newest, I Still Do. That set the theme for the night - EC as blues traveler, with songs that reached back to the 1930s, I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man, Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out, and Key To The Highway.

Driftin’ Blues was the highlight of an extended acoustic set that concluded with Layla, fine but it left me longing for the original amped-up Derek and the Dominoes version.

Scattered throughout were the MOR hits, Lay Down Sally, Tears In Heaven and Wonderful Tonight. Perhaps his most God-like solo was layered over Bob Marley’s I Shot The Sheriff. Also from the troubled ‘70s, JJ Cale’s Cocaine.

Stellar renditions of Cream favorites Sunshine Of Your Love, White Room and Crossroads assures his place in the firmament.

The encore, Before You Accuse Me, included guests Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark, Jr., who managed to look cool while jamming like his life depended on it.  

Published: Record Collector Magazine

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