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Eric Clapton performs at the Paul Jones and Friends charity concert at G Live in Guildford, U.K., January 8, 2018

Eric Clapton dazzled an intimate audience at a charity event on Jan. 8. Slowhand, dressed casually in a hoodie, appeared at the annual Paul Jones and Friends concert, organized by the former lead vocalist for Manfred Mann. The performance, held at the 1,700-seat G Live arts center in Guildford, Surrey, U.K., also included appearances by Van Morrison and Tom Jones.

Paul Jones’ annual event raises money to help Prostate Project, for early diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer. This was the 11th year he’s done this; Clapton has performed at the event several other times. Jones, who sang lead vocal on the Manfred Mann smash hit “Do Wah Diddy Diddy,” currently performs in the Blues Band, which he formed in 1979. His most recent album, Suddenly I Like It, was released in 2015.

Clapton has previously announced that he’s done with extensive touring, preferring to do occasional performances without the rigors of full-length tours. On Dec. 18, the organizers of the Greenwich (CT) Town Party revealed that he would headline their 2018 event on Saturday, May 26, the community’s eighth such celebration. The Greenwich concert is currently his only 2018 concert in the U.S.

Related: Details on Clapton’s upcoming performance in Connecticut

On Dec. 16, the classic rock legend revealed two dates in Germany–July 2 in Cologne and July 3 in Hamburg, his first concerts in the country in four years.

On Nov. 27, the British Summer Time concert series announced that Clapton will headline a very special concert in London’s Hyde Park on July 8. Joining him will be his one-time bandmate Steve Winwood, Santana and Gary Clark, Jr. The announcement promises even more acts will be added to the bill.

The band for Clapton’s blues-drenched, 20-minute set included “Somebody’s Knockin'” and a spirited “Before You Accuse Me.” The band featured Scott McKeon (guitar), Marcus Bonfanti (guitar), Paddy Milner (keys), Evan Jenkins (drums) and Rex Horan (bass).

Watch Jones introduce “a friend I admire enormously… an extraordinary star.” [Note: the clip had been removed from YouTube but re-posted there again.]

Watch Van Morrison and Tom Jones performances at the same event

Read more about the Jan. 8 benefit concert here.

Eric Clapton 2018 Concerts

May 26 – Greenwich, CT – Greenwich Town Party
July 2 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
July 3 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
July 8 – London, England – BST Hyde Park

Watch Jones perform “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” with Manfred Mann

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