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May 8, 2005 [Wow!]

The long awaited and long talked about Cream Reunion finally happened. These shows impressed me, no doubt. Even though I wasn't there, I won't forget hearing their first song on the opening night, "I'm So Glad." Wow! Also, check out the groove on "Pressed Rat and Warthog", EC does it again - Simply marvelous.

March 13, 2005 [What Guitar In '05?]

I would be very proud if EC did the Cream shows some justice and played his Gibson exclusively at the RAH.

February 14, 2005 [Tour Schedule?]

Just a comment on how I have no idea about the 2005 Tour Schedule beyond the Cream dates in May. EC always follows up his RAH run with a tour of the U.S., but this year it is hard to predict that. He should tour the US in the late summer and Japan sometime in December because that is what he has ALWAYS done.

February 2, 2005 [A Prediction: The Cream Setlist]

It's good sometimes to just wonder. Here's what I'd like the setlist to be for the Cream shows in May :

1. White Room                                                 
2. Anyone For Tennis                                         8. Rollin and Tumblin
3. Badge                                                             9. Spoonful
4. Crossroads                                                    10. Born Under A Bad Sign
5. Sitting On Top Of The World                        11. Toad
6. N.S.U.                                                           12. I'm So Glad
7. Politician                                                      13. Sunshine Of Your Love

The Fill-Ins (?) Layla, Have You Ever Loved A Woman, Let It Rain, J.Bruce Song, G.Baker Song, Got To Get Better In A Little While, Cocaine

January 25, 2005 [1986]

After indulging in some "86" shows, I realized that these shows were unique. They were clearly different than any of the years surrounding it. This could easily be because of the more "Pop" style of EC during that time. I like the shows from '86 and I wish he would play some more like this instead of his "All Blues Themed" shows - EC doesn't need to always play the blues.

January 12, 2005 [A Short Lived Song, Why?]

If "Breaking Point" from the 1990 Tour does not make a comeback, I will be dissapointed. I believe this one was only performed from Jan. to Feb. 1990. So Sad.

January 5, 2005 [The Massive 1990 Tour]

1990 had to rank as of the busiest years for EC. It occured to me that I don't recall any "dead" shows during that year - they all seem to be up the standards of EC. Interesting as I still haven't heard a "tired" or "off" show from anytime around 1990.

December 19, 2004 [It's Official, Cream in '05]

So, it's official - Cream will reunite in May 2005. I hope they actually play Cream songs (The Cream Way) Instead of EC's normal blues setlist. I still don't think there is anything permanent to this besides the 4 shows they are said to appear.

November 14, 2004 [Cream in 2005?]

Stated again - can't wait until 2005 comes. There's a lot of rumors out there like the "Cream" reunion early in the year. A lot of rumors are true, but I hope this one is not. To me these reunions with band mates never work.

November 12, 2004 [Classical Clapton]

If you've not heard "Concerto For Electric Guitar" go get one of his Orhcestra Shows from 1990 or 1991 and listen. You cannot be a complete fan if you don't own a recording of this song. I am coming to the conclusion that Eric Clapton is "The Electric Classical Guitar Player." Makes sense. It would please me if he made another go at this.

September 27, 2004 [The New Album]

Give me a second on this one - It will make sense. EC is scheduled to put out an all new studio album in either late 2004, or early 2005. There has been literally no information about this album - that is a good thing. "Me and Mr. Johnson" was hyped up, and honestly did not deserve it. "Pilgrim" was promoted a lot, and although good, failed to live up to it's expectations. The thing to remeber here is how much it's promoted before it comes out. Seems like every album that comes out quietly, those are the best ones; "Reptile" and "Retail Therapy" for example.

September 26, 2004 [Why Reptile Just May Be Clapton's Greatest Album...]

  Ever pop in a CD, listen to it for days and never take it out? Well, that's been my problem with "Reptile," and deservedly so. This album speaks volumes on many levels and one cannot deny the material. It flows gracefully, and does what and album, or at least a good album should do, and that is to have literally no breaks in the music. you could basically run all 14 tracks into one, and you'd never really notice the difference. Every single track, although obviously different, stays on the same level of smooth Jazz, R&B, and great vocals. There are no "dead" songs on this record - you'll get none of that here. What you will get is tons and tons of literal perfection.

September 23, 2004 [Touring in '05?]

    I have seen for sometime that E.C. is scheduled to perform 3-25-05 for a large Charity Event in Japan. Just a wild guess, but I would bet a Tour of Japan around that time and a Tour of the UK/USA prior. EC's touring schedule is always done in some sort of order and a new album is due in early '05. Too many things point to some '05 Touring. By the way, ever since 1993 EC has performed in Japan every other year. 2005 makes sense.

September 22, 2004 [The Japan Sound]

    I love the sound and style from the 1999 Japan Tour. Usually EC's style is pretty cyclical, but this tone only lasted for this short Tour. It's a pitty - I wish this tone was kept. By the way, my least favorite sound was that of the 2003 Tour. EC falls in love too much with his single string vibrato sound. Sometimes the harder edge works best.

September 11, 2004 [It's not 1967...]

     Read A review from the Chicago Sun-Times regarding EC's show July 17, 2004 and I thought I would comment on that. Simply put, the article stated that Clapton has lost some of his firepower and the concert sets are always the same - hence no real surprises anymore from EC.
To make a short statement, those are true, but so are a few other things. First of all, no doubt EC has evolved from the Cream era, and just doesn't go off anymore playing a song this way, then that way - it's pretty scripted all the time. What I hear nobody saying is just how difficult it is to play the same songs, with the same intensity, with nearly exactly the same guitar solos each and every night. It IS NOT EASY to do what EC does, he just makes it look easy. There's nobody with guitar in hand who has ever done this. Yes, he doesn't sound like he did with "Cream." But it's not 1967, it's nearly fourty years later people. People who complain that he's lost his edge since "Cream" need to wake up. He's evolved, taken the music further, while all of you are still stuck in the past.

September 9, 2004 [EC's Vocals]

     EC's vocal ability continues to grow. After listening to the "Robert Johnson" covers from the 2004 tour, I quickly came to the conclusion that he could not have sang that good even 5 years before. Funny, I remember thinking the same thing after 1992's "Unplugged."

September 7, 2004 [Super Sounds of the 70's]

     After hearing the EC Jams of the mid-70's, it's clear that those shows were quite good. Rarely can we say for certain that those cannot be duplicated. Listen to those shows and you'll see just how not only EC, but his whole band just could not copy that sound today. There certainly was something special 'round that time.

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