Eric Clapton Plays Paris Concert: Watch

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Clapton performing “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” at MSG, September 7, 2017

Though he’s said he’s no longer going to be touring, Eric Clapton hasn’t eliminated live performances. In fact, he’s already played two this month, though few knew about them in advance. Earlier this week (Jan. 23), Slowhand played the Théâtre Mogador in Paris. The private event came just two weeks after he was a surprise performer at former Manfred Mann singer Paul Jones’s annual benefit concert on Jan. 8 in Surrey, England.

For the Paris show, Clapton played with just five musicians: regulars Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, and Chris Stainton plus drummer Sonny Emery.

However, the biggest news of the Paris set was the inclusion of “The Core,” the exceptional song with two extended instrumental sections of Clapton’s guitar with saxophonist Mel Collins, that is a highlight of his 1977 Slowhand album. While the LP includes the 1-2-3 punch of “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally” on Side One of its original vinyl release, the collection’s gem, for many, is Side Two, Track One: the 8-minute, 42-second “The Core” that Clapton sings with the song’s co-writer, Marcy Levy. (At the Paris concert, Bramhall shared lead vocals.)

Watch 29 seconds of “The Core”… Sadly, it’s all we’ve got…


Concert privé hier soir avec Eric Clapton et Carmignac.

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According to the ever-reliable fan site, Where’s Eric, Clapton hadn’t performed “The Core” onstage since 1978. As in four decades ago. (The concert was first brought to our attention by the Facebook group Eric Clapton Music Lovers World Wide.)

The evening’s 16-song set spanned plenty of other classic rock songs that Clapton has written or been associated with. The concert was organized by billionaire Edouard Carmignac, a 70-year-old French investment banker.

Watch Clapton perform “Layla” while seated, as he has done for a while

There’s been a burst of other Clapton news as of late. A documentary, Life in 12 Bars, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, will make its U.S. television bow on Feb. 10 on Showtime. In an interview with BBC Radio 2 prior to the film’s London debut earlier this month, Clapton acknowledged that he’s going deaf and suffering from tinnitus, an all-too-common malady which causes a ringing in the ears.

Watch EC perform “I Shot the Sheriff” at this concert

[Clapton turned 73 on March 30, 2018.]

Eric Clapton 2018 Concerts (Tickets are available here and here)

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
Oct 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct 07 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Related: Our review of Clapton at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, March 19, 2017

Watch the main set’s closer, “Cocaine”

Eric Clapton, January 23, 2018, Théâtre Mogador, Paris Setlist

Somebody’s Knocking
Key to the Highway
I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
I Shot the Sheriff
White Room
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Lay Down Sally
Tears in Heaven
Got to Get Better in a Little While
Wonderful Tonight
The Core
Little Queen of Spades

Cross Road Blues
High Time We Went

Listen to the album version of “The Core”

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