Forty years ago on 31 January 1981, Eric Clapton & His Band kicked off a short four-date tour of Ireland. It started in Dublin, then stopped in Galway, Cork and Carlow. The dates also served as a warm-up for a massive U.S. Tour that was due to kick off in March to promote Another Ticket.
After the gig in Carlow, EC and the band went back to London for a benefit concert at the Rainbow Theatre for a drug and alcohol recovery charity administered by Dr. Meg Patterson on 5 February.
Not many details are known about the shows themselves and the only complete set list is from Galway (below). If you were lucky enough to attend a show on the 1981 Irish Tour or the Rainbow benefit, consider sharing your memories for the Eric Clapton Tourography on whereseric.com. Click here to send Where's Eric! an email with your memories. Photos you may have snapped are welcome, too.
Eric Clapton & His Band / Ireland 198131 January - RDS Simmonscourt / Dublin1 February - Leisureland / Galway2 February - City Hall / Cork3 February - Youth Centre / Carlow
1981 Eric Clapton Band LineupEric Clapton - guitar / vocalsAlbert Lee - guitar / vocalsChris Stainton - keyboardsGary Brooker - keyboards / vocalsDave Markee - bassHenry Spinetti - drums
Galway 1981 Set List:Tulsa TimeWorried Life BluesLaydown SallyWonderful TonightBlow Wind BlowRambling On My Mind / Have You Ever Loved A WomanWhiter Shade Of PaleCountry BoyDouble TroubleBlues PowerCocaineLaylaFurther On Up The Road