Eric Clapton
Royal Albert Hall
May 13, 2019

Recorded by Daspyknows
11th row dead center
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Master 2019.23

01. Que sera sera
02. Motherless Children
03. Key to the Highway
04. Pretending
05. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
06. I Shot the Sheriff
07. Driftin' Blues
08. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
09. Tears in Heaven
10. Change the World
11. Running on Faith
12. Tearing Us Apart
13. Holy Mother
14. Five Long Years
15. Crossroads
16. Layla
17. Crowd
18. Purple Rain

Show 1 of London 2019.

What is turning into an annual thing, when Eric Clapton in playing in London I
have to go. Instead of "should we go?", "can we go?" when I heard the announcement
I messaged my traveling buddy in NY and said "we are going to London in May". I
also reached out the other members of the Greenwich Town Party 4 (The 4 outsiders
who managed to crash the Greenwich Town Party from last May) to see if they wanted to.
Fellow taper aka TallTaper said he was up for it so 3 of the 4 were going. EcFan from
Denmark who ran video at Hyde Park also said he was coming for the last two. Tickets
were easily secured, airbnb accommodations a mile and flights booked to get home in time
for the Rolling Stones. This meant leaving early the next day after the
last show. The Stones tour was postponed so there was no hurry to leave but the flights
were booked. As the day approached I got ready for the adventure. My flight left SF
at 6 PM and was scheduled to arrive at 2:15 PM. We arrived 20 minutes early and I
zoomed through customs arriving at Paddington Station in London at 2:35. My friend was
waiting for me tired as well. We took a cab to the flat, got settled in and went out
for a couple of Guinness and some food. By 6 we were whupped and went back to the flat.
Last thing I remember was waking up 10PM fully clothed on the couch and then waking up
at 8 in the morning but I felt pretty good. We met a taper friend Humbug for brunch/Sunday
roast at the Troubadour. Got to see the basement performance room where the likes of Jimi
Hendrix, Bob Dylan and Paul Simon had played. Led Zeppelin also popped by for last minute
jam sessions after the famous Earl's Court gigs. We then proceeded to plat rock tourist
and visited the Battersea Power Plant which is now being turned into condos. For those
who don't recall the Battersea Power Station it is the backdrop of the Pink Floyd Animals
album. Next we went to visit Jimmy Page's castle and found out he was not getting along
with his neighbor Robbie Williams who is playing BST this summer. Final stop was Freddie
Mercury's house who is now a high security fortress. We then went to Royal Albert Hall to
check on will call tickets. A friend who had gotten me the seats for Monday could not
attend but the seats were under her name. She had arranged for me to pick up but when I
arrived I was told no. We worked it out after awhile but the seats were not ready until
the day of the show. I still had a second pair further back just in case.

Woke up excited on Monday for the show. Midafternoon I got to the venue and tried to pick
up the tickets. I had made arrangements to sell one to a guy I had communicated with on the
Rolling Stones board and figured on selling the last one there. The woman at the box office
said no only the buyer could pick them up. I messaged my friend and it looked dire. Finally
she reached the right person who said ok and I had a person to ask for. I waited in the queue
and spoke to a ticket person who wrote us a 2 seat voucher and we went in. Met at our favorite
pub in the venue, got set up and 15 minutes before show time we got to our seats. Every time
I want in this venue I find it stunning. Finally lights go down and Jimmy Vaughan comes out.
The first thing I noticed was the sound was incredible. I had heard they spend millions to
upgrade the sound and they succeeded. I enjoyed Jimmie's set and was excited for the main course.
The elephant in the room was acoustic Layla or electric Layla. The show opens with Que sera sera
which was a COMPLETE surprise from Eric Clapton who hasn't been known for surprises. Then we
got Motherless Children which was also unexpected. Key to the Highway, Pretending and Hoochie
Coochie Man also played well. Clapton made a comment they had been rehearsing a few surprises
and seemed more animated with the crowd than usual. I Shot The Sheriff was really nice and then
it was put up or shut up time with the acoustic set. Change The World was a surprise followed
by Running on Faith. This meant no acoustic Layla. Tearing Us Apart was really fun and a
surprise followed by 2 more songs I do not recall seeing Holy Mother and Five Long Years. Next
was Crossroads which was especially good and then it was time. The crowd knew it from the first
notes. Electric Layla which I hadn't seen in the 21st century did not disappoint. The place
was buzzing, people were crying, it really happened. When the band came back my expectation was
Cocaine then off to the pub but the final surprise of the night was Prince's Purple Rain. What
a show. We seemed to walk on air to the pub and closed the place.

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