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music friday: eric clapton, 1974

On this date in 1974, we saw Eric Clapton at the Cow Palace. The opening act was a band called Ross, about whom I remember nothing (they were label mates of Clapton at the time). Clapton was touring behind 461 Ocean Boulevard, which suffered, as every album he ever made after 1970, from not being Layla. Still, it was a good album in the laid-back mode that Clapton eased into around that time, with a hit single in Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff". Clapton was finally off heroin.

For the concert, Clapton almost disappeared. He wore shades and, at least part of the time, a floppy hat. His band:

George Terry - Guitar
Dick Sims - Keyboards
Carl Radle - Bass
Jamie Oldaker - Drums
Yvonne Elliman - Backing Vocals

My memory is that he let Terry take too many solos.

The setlist:

"Smile" - the Charlie Chaplin song
"Let It Grow" - the best song from 461 Ocean Boulevard
"Can’t Find My Way Home" - from his Blind Faith days
"I Shot the Sheriff" - 461
"Let It Rain" - from his first solo album
"Willie and the Hand Jive" - Johnny Otis song from 461
"Get Ready" - 461
"Badge" - the first Cream song of the night
"Matchbox" - the Carl Perkins song (see below)
"Layla" - the biggest disappointment of the night, but you can't bring Duane back from the dead
"Tell the Truth" - also from Layla
"Blues Power" - another from his solo debut
"Have You Ever Loved a Woman" - Layla
"Steady Rollin’ Man" - by his muse, Robert Johnson, from 461
"Crossroads" - perhaps the Cream song most identified with Clapton, also written by Johnson
"Little Queenie" - finishing with Chuck Berry

Derek and the Dominos, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash, "Matchbox":

 

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