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Eric Clapton plays New York's Madison Square Garden

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Eric Clapton played the first of his eight scheduled U.S. dates for 2017 last night (Sunday) at New York's Madison Square Garden. He'll play the second tonight.

He kicked off the 15-song set with "Key to the Highway," the first of three songs he'd play off Derek and the Dominos' Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. That was followed by "Badge," the first of three songs he'd do from his days with Cream. The show also included his two biggest pop hits in the U.S., his chart-topping cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" and the number-two "Tears in Heaven."

Clapton was joined by both his opening acts, Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Junior, for his final encore number, the Bo Diddley song "Before You Accuse Me." After tonight, Clapton's remaining dates will be two shows at the Forum in L.A. March 25th and 26th plus two each at the Garden and the Forum again in September.

Last Night's Setlist:

"Key to the Highway"
"Badge"
"I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man"
"I Shot the Sheriff"
"Driftin' Blues"
"Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out"
"Tears in Heaven"
"Layla"
"Somebody's Knocking"
"Wonderful Tonight"
"Cross Road Blues"
"Little Queen of Spades"
"Cocaine"
Encore
"Sunshine of Your Love"
"Before You Accuse Me"


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Clapton received an acoustic Hoyer guitar for his thirteenth birthday, but didn’t really start playing it until two years later. When he was seventeen years old, Clapton joined his first band, an early British R&B group, the Roosters. The band’s other guitarist was Tom McGuinness, best known as the bassist for Manfred Mann

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