Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood

"You're Old School ..."

Recorded at:
Izod Center
East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA
June 10, 2009

A Geetarz Master Recording

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Disc 1:
Had to Cry Today
After Midnight
Sleeping in the Ground
Presence of the Lord
Well Alright
Tough Luck Blues (dedicated to Hubert Sumlin)
Tell the Truth
Pearly Queen
No Face, No Name, No Number

Disc 2:
Forever Man
Georgia On My Mind
Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out
Layla (acoustic)
Can't Find My Way Home
Split Decision
Little Wing
Voodoo Chile
(encore break)
Dear Mr. Fantasy

The Band:
Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Stevie Winwood - guitar, vocals, keys
Abe Laboriel, Jr. - Drums
Chris Stainton - keyboards
Michelle John - Backing Vox
Sharon White - Backing Vox
Willie Weeks - Bass

Geetarz Comments:

It was a great night in New Jersey as Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood performed the first show of their 2009 tour. The former Continental Airlines Arena (for you Devils fans) or the Meadowlands (for you Springsteen fans) was sold out but as always "Park Magic" came into play as we snagged front row seats in Section 110 at the 4th row line. The band came onstage at 8:20 and promptly kicked into a tasty set of rock and blues that will be familiar to those at the Madison Square Garden shows last year, yet with some welcome changes. First off, speaking of "Changes", early into the set EC dedicated a slow blues to guitar legend Hubert Sumlin, who we hope is in good health. Early in the show the sound was a bit muddy, with Eric's guitar a little low in the mix. A sit down set began with solo numbers from Winwood and Clapton, and then segued into the surprise of the evening, a duo acoustic rendition of "Layla" (yawn). Shortly the band launched into a fiery electric set that shook the arena to its rafters, 
with the high point for me being a blistering version of "Little Wing" which promptly segued into "Voodoo Chile". The set wrapped up with competing guitar solos from EC and Winwood on JJ Cale's "Cocaine", and after a short break we got a tasty "Dear Mr. Fantasy" as an encore.

Oh, and as an added bonus, the Almighty Geetarz proposed at the show, and the future Mrs. Geetarz (your own Miss 'NJPai') accepted! Dinner at the world's best pizza (John's Brick Oven, of course), a hot Clapton show, and an engagement ... a Park hat trick! The future Mrs. Geetarz also says that the Almighty should not refer to himself in the third person ;)