The recent debate on whether Rock is dead was put to test and the myth shattered by the shoulder jostling crowd that attended the Eric Clapton concert in Abu Dhabi on Friday, February 11.
The 10,000 plus crowd sure made the right decision, choosing Clapton over Amy Winehouse, who was performing in Dubai on the same day.
As per reports and experience of friends at the Winehouse concert, it was rather insipid, as she seemed distracted and at one point, even left the stage. Clapton did not disappoint at all and went on to demonstrate his legendary skill on the guitar.
Eric 'Slowhand' Clapton kickstarted his 2011 world tour at the Yas Arena in Abu Dhabi. The tour heads to South East Asia, Canada, US and finally will culminate in the UK. Accompanying him are Chris Stainton -- keyboards, Willie Weeks bass guitar and Steve Gadd -- drums.
The two hour performance saw Clapton perform Key to the Highway, I Shot the Sheriff, Same Old Blues and Little Queen of the Spades. The solo guitar piece on Before You Accuse Me had the crowd eating out of his hand.
The much awaited Layla and Wonderful Tonight were undoubtedly the quenchers for the evening and more than made up for the lack of Tears in Heaven and Cocaine.
It was a great evening with a rather laid back atmosphere at the venue, not to mention the fantastic weather. It is with attending concerts like these that your faith is revived -- that great music and true legends will survive. And even though they may not feature in the various sales charts, there will be multitudes thronging venues to listen to their live music.
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