Eric Clapton Jams With The Allman Brothers Band!

[Updated] Following more than a decade of annual rumours that "Clapton's going to jam with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon this year" and two recent reports in Rolling Stone online,the wishful thinking of music fans finally came true on 19 March 2009. One fan in attendance emailed Where's Eric! with the low down shortly after the concert ended. From the opening notes of the concert, expectations were running high that Eric Clapton would indeed appear. The excitement continued to build throughout the Allman Brothers first set. By intermission, the atmosphere was truly electric. Concert-goers returned to their seats much faster than on an "average night" at the Beacon so a note would not be missed. Then, EC's long-time guitar tech, Lee Dickson, was spotted on stage setting up EC's gear near the end of intermission. It was really going to happen ... Clapton WAS going to jam with the Allman Brothers! The Brothers performed three songs and then Greg Allman simply announced "this man needs no introduction. Eric Clapton." The musicians jammed out on six songs, much to everyone's surprise. Previous guests on other evenings generally performed only three songs. EC sat in on "Key To The Highway," "Dreams," "Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad," "Little Wing," "Anyday" and the evening's encore, "Layla." Susan Tedeschi, who is married to Derek Trucks, joined in on the vocals for "Anyday." Danny Louis of Gov't Mule sat in with the Brothers earlier in the evening for "Good Morning Little Schoolgirl" and then joined in for the encore playing the piano coda of "Layla." With the exception of "Dreams," all the songs performed on 19 March at the Beacon are from the legendary "Layla" album. Eric's gear was a daphne blue signature stratocaster through a fender twin amp except for "Anyday." when he used a black signature stratocaster. For more news from the Beacon, the complete set listand to learn how to submit your review of the gig, ...

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