Right on the heels of a four-city mini-tour with Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton kicked off his solo U.S. tour in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on 25 February 2010. Unlike the recent shows with Jeff Beck, Eric opened his 15 song set "plugged in" with "Going Down Slow". The middle third of the show was "unplugged" and included "Running On Faith" from 1989's Journeyman CD and "I've Got A Rock 'N Roll Heart" which has been re-popularized due to it's use in the U.S.
On a freezing cold evening in Montreal, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck wrapped their six-concert, four-city tour to a sold out crowd at the Bell Centre on 22 February 2010. The set list was identical to that performed the evening previous in Toronto. Jeff and his band now go on a month's hiatus before heading to Australia for a series of concerts. Eric and his band have a few days break before Eric's solo tour kicks off in Pittsburgh on 25 February. Kicking off those solo shows will be Roger Daltrey.
Photos Added! On 21 February 2010, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck's mini-tour stopped in city number three, Toronto. The concert at Air Canada Centre followed the same format as those in London and New York: a set by Jeff, a set by Eric, then Jeff joined Eric and his band on stage for 8 numbers. Although there were no changes to Jeff's set, Eric dropped "Nobody Knows You" in favour of "Layla" during the acoustic portion of his set. Their "together" set remained the same closing again with "Crossroads".
Acoustic fingerstyle guitarist Stefan Grossman has been added to Eric Clapton's 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival lineup. Born in Brooklyn, New York on 14 April 1945, Grossman was a founder member of the Even Dozen Jug Band along with with Steve Katz, John Sebastian and Maria Muldaur. He crossed paths with the festival's host in the mid-sixties while a member of the Chicago Loop and he even stayed with Clapton when he first travelled to England in 1967. It was during that trip that Grossman also crossed paths with another festival performer, Bert Jansch.