EC is in the house!
This ranks up with the best shows I have ever seen! The
show started with a short tribute to Duane, the driving force that got
the band going 40 years ago. Then Derek picked off a sweet version of
Little Martha with Warren helping out. What a great tribute! Warren and
Derek played tighter than ever, trading leads and licks on many of the
tunes. I normally don't care much for Revival (too soft, like a pop
tune), but they absolutely tore it up last night! A quick segue into
Woman Across the Water kept the energy going with more of the same.
Danny Louis (from Gov't Mule) was great on keyboards. WP was a surprize
closer for set one. Like many around me, I could almost have gone home happy after the first set, but we all wanted so much more...
The band definitely picked up their game and played their hearts out
(and why not - the boss was in the house). By the way, it all sounded even better with the upgraded sound system in the renovated Beacon.
The Beacon went nuts when EC came out. Eric, Derek and
Warren each took turns soloing on each of the songs.
I have heard Little Wing a number of times: Warren has
played it with David Hidalgo (of Los Lobos) with both the Mule and the
ABB (including earlier in the series) and also with Jimmy Vivino. But
this time it was with Slowhand himself!!! Anyday was great - Clapton
took the first verse, Susan took the second, then from then on, Eric
traded back and forth with Susan/Warren duet into one mic. I was hoping
for something deeper than Layla for the encore, but when you think of
it, it's right on target: on the Dominos album, Duane played slide and
Bobby Whitlock played the keys; there was a natural EC/ABB blend.
What a magical night!
Added: Thursday, March 26, 2009