Japan tour first week report
Eric Clapton 2003 Japan Tour


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Second show at Yokohama.

27 Nov (Ykohama Arena  Yokohama)
"2003 Japan Tour" 8th show.


01.When you've got a good friend
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03.I shot the sheriff
04.Bell bottom blues
05.Reconsider Baby
06.Can't find my way home
07.White room
08.I want a little girl
09.Got my mojo working
10.Hoochie coochie man
11.Change the world

Before you accuse me
13.Kind hearted woman
15.Holy mother

16.Lay down Sally
17.Wonderful tonight
20.Sunshine of your love
21.Somewhere over the rainbow

Short impression ; @

The set list remained the same as the Wednesday night for the first 12 songs. The quality of the playing was almostly the same as the first night. Mojo and Hoochie Coochie Man were, however,  in my opinion superior on this night and both were slightly extended versions. Robert Johnson s Kind Hearted Woman was slipped in after Before You Accuse Me. This was the sixth time that this track had appeared on this 2003 tour. Correct me if I am wrong but EC had not performed this song live  since Glasgow in November 1978 before this visit to Japan. Do these blues tracks point to a re-kindling of Eric s love for the blues and maybe give some indication of what we can expect on releases in the near future? Badge followed and Eric gave a great performance. Excellent solo and some nice keyboard work by Stainton. Good backing vocals by Andy and Nathan. Spirited drum work by Steve Gadd helped this track along.

Holy Mother followed, another crowd pleaser here in Japan. A flawless performance with beautiful solo work. Then came the standard Lay Down Sally complete with Andy Fairweather-Low s solo in the middle. Another crowd pleaser, Wonderful Tonight followed. This was just the standard performance, nothing exciting here! The air punching Cocaine followed and the band was not disappointed with the results from the audience. Competent solo in the middle. The seven pulsating notes of Layla introduced what everyone was waiting for. The whole crowd launched themselves to their feet once again. Great guitar solo from Eric and some very nice coda work from Chris Stainton. The encore was again Sunshine with the whole audience still on their feet and singing. Another great solo. Finally came the haunting Somewhere Over The Rainbow to complete a thoroughly enjoyable show. The whole band played with vigour this evening.

Thank you for your report to Mr T.K

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