One of the best features of the Moogis webcasts of the Allman Brothers Band’s 40th Anniversary Run at the Beacon Theatre is that the onstage mics pick up tons of chatter between performers we aren’t necessarily supposed to hear. Last night, legendary guitarist Eric Clapton joined the Brothers for another epic sit-in filled with Allman classics, blues covers and more. Clapton joked around and shot the shit with Allman’s axemen Warren Haynes and Derek Trucks between each song of his appearance and it was clear every person on stage was loose resulting in a tight performance.
The former Yardbirds/Cream/Blind Faith/Derek & The Dominos strummer emerged in the middle of the second set for another delicious Key to the Highway that was followed by an intense Stormy Monday featuring an explosive solo from Slowhand. Eric and his new friends then tore through Dreams with Clapton raising the bar on his solo from the previous evening. Why Does Love Got to be So Sad and Little Wing followed with Eric and Derek pushing each other to new heights in each tune. Next, Clapton shined during a magnificent In Memory of Elizabeth Reed that closed the set. Once again, EC and the Allmans thrilled the audience with a Layla encore with Mule keyboardist Danny Louis joining in on the fun. The Brothers return sans Clapton to the Beacon tonight for show #10.
Set 1: Little Martha (Just Oteil), Mountain Jam, Trouble No More, Midnight Rider, 44 Blues w/Danny Louis, Wasted Words, Gambler’s Roll, Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More > Mountain Jam
Set 2: Melissa, Leave My Bues At Home, No One Left To Run With, Key To The Highway w/Eric Clapton, Stormy Monday w/Eric, Dreams w/Eric, Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad w/Eric , Little Wing w/Eric, In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed w/Eric
Encore: Layla w/Eric and Danny