Eric Clapton: virtuoso!

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Eric Clapton in Frankfurt - what a night! We were very close to the stage (and to the very loud loudspeakers, unfortunately, but this was a minor and the only discomfort). After the Robert Cray-Band's performance there was a long waiting, and when Eric & Co. arrived they started without warning, got right into the thing with "Pretending". Fantastic, powerful! No chumming up to the public, highly professional, but never too detached, not artificial, with lots of fun going on among the crew. EC was accompanied by two outstanding guitarists, Doyle Bramhall II, and Derek Trucks (very good). I liked everything, but especially "The Bell Bottom Blues", "Running on Faith", "Wonderful Tonight" and "Cocaine", and oh yes, the encore: "Crossroads" ! And EC himself! A few chunks from the FAZ (big German newspaper): "exhilarating improvisations, the energy of a 30-year-old, with closed eyes, body bent backwards, fueling his companions!" Wonderful, this night. Besides, I discovered Frankfurt, a lively spot with lots of museums and exhibits and what I think the only sky(scraper)line in Europe. Of course, everything is now interspersed with the artifacts and primings for the impending soccer world-championship, starting this Friday! The photo was made from a very nice roof-deck-café in the city center.

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