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Clapton doesn't impress this night
Venue/Date: Kemper Arena (Kansas City, MO)
Concert Date:  
April 2nd, 2007
Reviewer: aceshooter

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Not so wonderful that night CONCERT REVIEW |

Eric Clapton at Kemper Arena CONCERT REVIEW | Eric Clapton at Kemper Arena

Guitar great celebrates the blues — that you can hear in local bars.
The Kansas City Star

Here are some numbers and facts:

Eric Clapton and his band played for two hours, give or take a few minutes. They played 16 songs, including four during a sit-down, acoustic-blues interlude.

The setlist, which is nearly identical to several other shows on this tour, included only four songs from his average “hits” package. No “Lay Down Sally” or “After Midnight” or “I Shot the Sheriff.”

Kemper Arena was as full as it has been in years — fuller than U2 or Springsteen; as full as Celine Dion (which is saying a lot).

The crowd didn’t erupt effusively until he played the intro to the love ballad “Wonderful Tonight.” It didn’t stand and go nuts en masse until “Layla,” the final song of the main set. Most of the night the crowd reacted like fans during a finals match at center court in Wimbledon: in their seats, with heavy but polite applause for the action onstage.

Clapton’s seven-piece band included drummer Steve Jordan (the Stones, Dylan) and bassist Willie Weeks (Bowie, the Stones, Stevie Wonder), names that mean something to anyone who perused album credits in the ’70s and ’80s or watched “Late Night With David Letterman” in its infancy.

His guitar sidekick was Doyle Bramhall II, husband of Susannah Melvoin and son of Doyle Sr., who kicked around with Stevie Ray Vaughan. This evening, Doyle II was playing left-handed guitars (mostly Stratocasters) strung right-handed.
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