Eric Clapton came on stage Friday night with nary a ‘hello.’ Instead, the three time rock and roll hall of famer decided to let his fingers do the talking.
His fast action plucking through a solo on “Gotta Get Over” drew whoops and cheers from the sold out crowd at Mohegan Sun. The riffage on the track, a new one off his latest album titled “Old Sock,” grabbed the audience’s attention and drew a mid-song standing ovation.
It was just an early on sign that Slow Hand hasn’t lost his mojo.
The rocker’s voice was still in fine shape, as the 68 and one-week old Clapton brought the set downtempo for his well known ballads like “Tears In Heaven” and “Wonderful Tonight.”
Still, Clapton was at his best living at the bottom of his Stratocaster’s neck for the upbeat blues jams like “Stones In My Passway,” or “Crossroads.”
The rest of the band was as tight and professional as could be imagined, locked in by Steve Jordan’s on point percussion.
Clapton stepped away to give an equal amount of technical floating by guitarist Doyle Bramhall II and ivory dancing from keyboardist Chris Stainton. Organist Paul Carrack picked up lead vocal duties for a few songs, including “How Long Blues” and a cover of Squeeze’s “Tempted.”
The set had some of the best usage of the arena’s standard display monitors in recent memory. Stationary cameras focused on each player cut and transitioned back and forth to the music’s rhythm. Watching the monitors was like watching a live performance recording.
Clapton brought the crowd to their feet closing the regular set with his smash hit “Cocaine,” before returning for an encore that included “Sunshine Of Your Love.”
Hello Old Friend
My Father’s Eyes
Tell The Truth
Gotta Get Over
Black Cat Bone
Got To Get Better In A Little While
I Shot The Sheriff
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out
Tears In Heaven
How Long Blues
Stones In My Passway
Love In Vain
Queen Of Spades
– Encore –
Sunshine Of Your Love
High Time We Went