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Eric Clapton sat in with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater

March 20, 2009

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When the Allman Brothers Band close the first set with Whipping Post, you have to wonder what’s coming in the second set.

I’ve been up to the Beacon Theatre for almost every show of their 15-show run this year.  It’s their 40th Anniversary and they’ve dedicated this run of shows to the man who started it all, the late Duane Allman.  They’ve had special guests every night, some that have specific ties to Duane (Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Bonnie Bramlett) and some that don’t (Trey Anastasio, Page McConnell, Robert Randolph, Sheryl Crow).  

Last night (3/19), four songs into the second set, Eric Clapton, Duane’s former bandmate in Derek & The Dominoes, joined the Allman Brothers Band for the remainder of the night.  When Gregg announced his name, the crowd roared.  Clapton walked out, strapped on his Carolina blue Telecaster and broke into “Key to the Highway.”  His voice sounded great, but this was really a night for guitars.  Clapton, Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks seamlessly allowed one another to take the lead and complemented one another beautifully.  They pushed each another all night resulting in scorching solos and some incredible slide work by Derek.  Butch Trucks couldn’t stop smiling and after every song he held his hands outstretched over his head as if he had finally accomplished a lifelong goal.  

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While other guests throughout the run sat in for two or three songs, Clapton stayed on for six.  They closed the second set with Anyday with Susan Tedeschi adding vocals.  The combination of vocals from Gregg Allman, Susan, Haynes and Clapton was stunning.  There was only one thing left to top it all, a Layla encore.  Clapton’s guitar screamed and all was right in the world.  More photos and complete set list after the jump.

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Setlist:

3/19/09

Beacon Theatre

New York, NY

Little Martha
Statesboro Blues
Done Somebody Wrong
Revival
Woman Across The River
Don’t Keep Me Wonderin’
Whipping Post

BREAK

Oncoming Traffic (Gregg solo piano & vocals)
Come and Go Blues
Good Morning Little School Girl (with Danny Louis, piano)
Key to the Highway  (with Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals)
Dreams  (with Eric Clapton, guitar)
Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad (with Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals)
Little Wing (with Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals)
Anyday  (with Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals; Susan Tedeschi, vocals)

Encore:

Layla  (with Eric Clapton, guitar & vocals; Danny Louis, piano) 

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