(Our Clapton Quest Contest ticket winner Doug Lockwood sent this great review of the Clapton Kansas City show to us!)
Thanks go out to Mass Street Music for the amazing opportunity to see Eric Clapton in concert last night at the Sprint Center. I have seen Clapton in concert before, but last night was one of his best performances by far.
As I’m sure you know, Roger Daltry was the opening act and took the audience on a one-hour nostalgic tour of the glory days of British invasion rock. He may have lost a bit of vocal range but has not lost any showmanship. His band did a very fine job of creating the other components of the familiar Who sound.
After a short break for stage reset, Professor Clapton strolled calmly to center stage and commenced his clinic on how to play guitar. His non-stop 1 1/2 hour performance left no one doubting his superior musical talents. His first segment had him weaving his rock magic by way of his very familar Fender Stratocaster. He then shifted gears behind an Eric Clapton Signature Martin acoustic, with which he enthralled all of us with a fine selection of blues and ballads (including a wonderfully mellow version of “Layla”). For his final segment, he returned to his Fender magic wand and brought the crowd to its feet for a series of his career classics. He ended his set with “Cocaine”, which had the entire crowd joining in the musical euphoria. He returned for a one song encore and left a very grateful audience with the same grace he entered … making us all feel honored to have shared the evening with a true legend.
This fantastic gift package with great seats came just 2 1/2 weeks after my birthday, so thanks for making this year one of my best. – Doug Lockwood