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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:03 AM
Fronm the Glasgow Herald newspaper:
Eric Clapton, SECC, Glasgow

ALLAN LAING May 09 2006


Anyone who thought this was going to be vintage Clapton was running on faith and blind faith at that. Granted, it was good, particularly for the opening night on a world tour when all the wrinkles and the creases have yet to be ironed out. But it wasn't outstanding. It wasn't amazing. It was just, well, good.
But is "good" good enough when it comes to a rock superstar, especially when said rock superstar is charging 50-a-pop for the privilege of seeing him perform.
There were touches of brilliance. The opening shot, Pretending, was simple, blistering and inspired, while Little Queen smouldered its way towards an explosive conclusion. He avoided the obvious (no Badge, no Sunshine of Your Love) but delivered songs he rarely performs live (such as Got to Get Better in a Little While from his Derek days).
Yet, to be honest, there was an element of Clapton going through the motions. Never the most engaging of personalities on stage, there were few signs of contact with the audience and little more than a cursory rapport with his new band (excellent, but did we need another two guitarists at a Clapton gig?).
This was the second concert in his world tour and, as such, you could forgive him the occasional hesitation or fluffed intro. Almost a year to the day since he played that over-inflated Cream reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall, EC was here. There is something to be said for that at least.
Anyone who thought this was going to be vintage Clapton was running on faith and blind faith at that. Granted, it was good, particularly for the opening night on a world tour when all the wrinkles and the creases have yet to be ironed out. But it wasn't outstanding. It wasn't amazing. It was just, well, good.
But is "good" good enough when it comes to a rock superstar, especially when said rock superstar is charging 50-a-pop for the privilege of seeing him perform.
There were touches of brilliance. The opening shot, Pretending, was simple, blistering and inspired, while Little Queen smouldered its way towards an explosive conclusion. He avoided the obvious (no Badge, no Sunshine of Your Love) but delivered songs he rarely performs live (such as Got to Get Better in a Little While from his Derek days).
Yet, to be honest, there was an element of Clapton going through the motions. Never the most engaging of personalities on stage, there were few signs of contact with the audience and little more than a cursory rapport with his new band (excellent, but did we need another two guitarists at a Clapton gig?).
This was the second concert in his world tour and, as such, you could forgive him the occasional hesitation or fluffed intro. Almost a year to the day since he played that over-inflated Cream reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall, EC was here. There is something to be said for that at least.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:17 AM
Everyone here will hate that review. Didn't the guy know this is the Derek Trucks tour?
 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:27 AM
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(excellent, but did we need another two guitarists at a Clapton gig?).


He mentions this like Eric dialed up the MU and asked if they had a couple of guys floating around to fill a couple of spots.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:28 AM
No mention of our Derek?
Is this writer deaf??

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:33 AM
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jim i think it was a bad idea to paste the writers name in a forum on this site w/ the comment above....

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:44 AM
I think it was a bad idea to paste the writers name in a forum on this site without posting his address too, so we can hunt him down and have him 'taken care of'.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:46 AM
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No mention of our Derek?
Is this writer deaf??


Apparently so. Not a Clapton fan either. lol

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:48 AM
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I think it was a bad idea to paste the writers name in a forum on this site without posting his address too, so we can hunt him down and have him 'taken care of'.


How long is this tour?
And how many bad reviews are we going to read?
And what if they don't mention Derek in a good light?
And....
And....

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 11:51 AM
I'm sure most of the folks going to these shows are going to see Clapton, not Derek, and that who the reviewer was talking about. Nothing new here. Clapton plays OK, but is nothing inspiring. According to a review of the first show, Doyle and Derek played the role of backup musicians, not leads.

It's too bad he didn't make more mention of the band, but that probably reflects the emphasis that EC placed on the band.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 12:50 PM
Finally! An unbiased review. Thank you. Any other's out there?

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:02 PM
Just as in a U.S. ABB tour, we're going to hear from reviewers of all ilk, musical taste, age, etc. This is but one of many, I'm curious as to what each has to say. We're talking Eric Clapton here, the bar--and therefore expectations--is set at the very highest level, so it's unlikely that every show will measure up to the full expetation of all reviewers. 'Twould be nice if some would do their homework on Derek, and I'm sure some will.
 
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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:04 PM
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This whole thing is akin to everybody's favorite hometown baseball player gettin called up to the show for a few months, then doing some pinch running for the team but little else while all his fans are screaming for more playing time (and more recognition of his pinch running abilities).

We all want to see Clapton stop the show and let Derek play a solo Sahib Teri Bandi or something, but that seems pretty unlikely. But come on, do we really need Clapton to validate Derek as a player? Im glad he's doing this tour because it's a great experience for Derek, and because it's gonna be great to see the two of them together in the US in the fall. But we don't need reviewers, or Clapton's approval for that matter, to tell us how good Derek is, right?

[Edited on 5/9/2006 by mglowenstein]


Right. I for one don't need Clapton to validate ANYTHING. All his best work was done by Brother Duane.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:08 PM
The "Arts" reviewers in the Uk are so far up their own arses, sometimes you wonder if they were at the same gig. However this review does raise a concern that despite the good looking set-list this could just be more corporate Clapton and since 461, I haven't been impressed by his work. I wouldn't be going if DT wasn't playing. I saw EC at Hyde Park about 10 years ago and it was very bland. It could turn out to be no more than a very smart marketing move by our Derek. I hope not, but I'll find out Thursday.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:42 PM
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This whole thing is akin to everybody's favorite hometown baseball player gettin called up to the show for a few months, then doing some pinch running for the team but little else while all his fans are screaming for more playing time (and more recognition of his pinch running abilities).

We all want to see Clapton stop the show and let Derek play a solo Sahib Teri Bandi or something, but that seems pretty unlikely. But come on, do we really need Clapton to validate Derek as a player? Im glad he's doing this tour because it's a great experience for Derek, and because it's gonna be great to see the two of them together in the US in the fall. But we don't need reviewers, or Clapton's approval for that matter, to tell us how good Derek is, right?

[Edited on 5/9/2006 by mglowenstein]


Right. I for one don't need Clapton to validate ANYTHING. All his best work was done by Brother Duane.




AMEN brother!!

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:44 PM
After "Got to get better..." Eric said that "this is the official opening of the tour" and "please forgive us if we do some mistakes." A new trend seems to be that the band launches straight into a new song before the other one is finshed. For example they started playing "Got to get better" at the end of "So tired" and this happened three or four times during the concert. A great show with some great performances from Eric and Derek Trucks in particular! When this band gets a few gigs together, they will sound magnificent! Came all the way from Norway for this and it was worth it! No doubt!

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 01:58 PM
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How long is this tour?
......until it hits the US, not long enough.

And how many bad reviews are we going to read?
....probably alot, unless EC turns Derek loose.

And what if they don't mention Derek in a good light?
....we'll break as many kneecaps as necessary.

And....
And....
.........wassa matta, you run outta questions?

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 02:39 PM
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http://www.whereseric.com/tour/european-tour-2006/09-May-2006_eric-clapton- his-band-secc-glasgow-scotland.html

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 03:59 PM
they ain't no countin for taste, and that po thang must ain't got none at all. not mentionin derek is like tellin somebody they got a ugly baby.

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 05:15 PM
I took a look at some of the fan reviews of the Glasgow shows . . . Derek is getting some nice comments - "great," "incredible," and "amazing" were some of the adjectives used.

as in -

"If I could say a couple of things, Derek Trucks is just amazing, he is simply the best support in that band or any band I have seen with Eric Clapton, stunning."

 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 05:59 PM
This line says it all.....

Almost a year to the day since he played that over-inflated Cream reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall, EC was here. There is something to be said for that at least.

Over-inflated? What seats did he have?

Even giving him the fact that he has no idea who Derek is, this guy's writing screams "I'm an untalented, bitter, hack........"

Or maybe I'm being too hard on him?

Nah...


 

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  posted on 5/9/2006 at 06:18 PM
Sorry to do this to my Scottish friends here . . . Jim & Alan you know this is not personal as I value your friendship highly . . . but if this reviewer had any talent at all he would not be writing for the Glasgow Herald, and if he had any musical knowledge at all he would know more about the musicians and perhaps comment on them and give more of a critique about the overall performance. Despite EC not setting the world alight for this supposed "Critic", I am at least still eager to hear EC play again, but I will not rush out to buy any publication that employs this ignorant writer . . . although I suspect I am more likely to find him on the Street corner peddling the "Big Issue" . . .

Tosser!!!




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