Eric Clapton & His Band performed to a sold-out crowd at Munich's Olympiahalle on Sunday, 9 June. It was EC's first return to the venue since 2006; it had been a regular tour stop from 1974. Johannes F. checked in with Where's Eric!: "I saw yesterday Eric Clapton in Munich, a big hall, fully sold out. Eric was very good, he is the best on the guitar alive and that you could really see yesterday! Unfortunately, he just played one song from his new album Old Sock. But luckily all the good old ones: Layla, Tears in Heaven, My Fathers Eyes, Cocaine and I Shot The Sheriff!.
Eric Clapton's Fifty Years Further On Up The Road Tour stopped at the 14,000 capacity Atlas Arena in Lodz on Friday, 7 June. Support, as for all European shows, was Andy Fairweather Low. EC's fans in Poland have checked in with Where's Eric!, including Kamil W. who saw EC for the first time last night. "I was honoured to see Eric live in Lodz yesterday. It was the first time I had a chance to see him live but always dreamed about it. It was even more spectacular with all the best of the best musicians that Eric decided to tour with this time. After so many concerts its difficult to add anything unique about the set list. Eric played Lay down sally which was fantastic.
And so to beautiful Riga, the capital of Latvia and, to be, the European Capital of Culture in 2014. Plenty of culture out in the streets before showtime though, with buskers on every corner. In a whistle stop tour of the Old Town, this reporter heard jazz, folk, pop, aboriginal and quite possibly the most out of tune version of Hallelujah ever, by a solo rocker who looked like he'd just woken up from Woodstock.
But it's the Riga Arena that is the main attraction and first up it's Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders who include Paradise, Legless and Apache in their compact set and draw appreciative response from the boisterous crowd.
Here at Where's Eric!, we think this was Eric's first ever concert in Lithuania. We also think this was the shortest set list on the 2013 tour so far, in terms of actual songs played. The framework and dynamic of the show remains the same but the acoustic set has been trimmed back and Badge continues to alternate with Sheriff. No guest appearance for the encores tonight. We're off to Riga in the morning!