CLASSIC CLAPTON -The Sage
CLASSIC CLAPTON will be making a
welcome return to The Sage Gateshead in March.
The band will be performing at The
Sage Gateshead on Friday 29 March. Doors open 7.30pm, band
on stage 8pm. Tickets priced £12.50 are available from the
box office, Tel: (0191) 443 4661 and also on-line at
The band has a huge following on Tyneside and has not
appeared at The Sage Gateshead since 2008. Their last
appearance quickly sold out so demand should be high. Fans
are advised to book early!
They will perform all of EC's
classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven,
Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally and
of course Layla! There will even be an “UNPLUGGED” segment.
NEARLY 2 HOURS OF CLASSIC CLAPTON
The band was formed in 1985 in
Newcastle long before the term “tribute band” was invented
and named themselves ''After Midnight'' after Eric
Clapton’s first solo hit. In the past 27 years they have
become one of the best-loved bands in the North East.
In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, the
band possesses a front man who not only looks like Eric, he
sings and plays guitar like him too! In 1999, he won a
national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds. Mike
has met EC twice, and even received a message of
encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde
TEES TELEVISION were so impressed that they made a programme
about them, called 'COVER THEIR TRACKS'. It was shown in
August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national
recognition. Recently Mike was filmed by Japanese TV for a
documentary about Slowhand's classic song Layla. The
programme was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan on 3rd January 2013.
In 2001 they embarked on their first
extensive tour of UK Theatres. They called the tribute show
"CLASSIC CLAPTON". Since then, they have continued to
perform throughout the UK & Ireland including concerts at
The Royal Festival Hall, London and a triumphant appearance
at Glastonbury Festival in 2002. In the past few years they
have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain,
Estonia and Holland.
In 2009 they appeared at St Andrews
Auditorium in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 gig,
but it was a great experience. In December 2010 they made
their first ever appearance at Newcastle City Hall. 800
people travelled from throughout the UK to help the band
celebrate their 25th Anniversary. Video footage
of the concert can be seen on the band’s website.
CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4
excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar) & Paul
Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals). Since their last
appearance in 2008 they have been re-joined by Danny Davison
(drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals). Dave
is a former member of chart band Geordie. In fact he was
with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC. Dave
& Danny were both original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON.
have released three albums. Firstly “THE MUSIC OF ERIC
CLAPTON” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton
Classics. Their second is a live double CD ''CLASSIC CLAPTON
Unplugged'' recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall. In
2005 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” –
featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup.
All three albums will be available at The Sage Gateshead.
Clapton has been a major international star since the mid
1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with
his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He
has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple
inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of
The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist). Clapton has just
announced the release of his first studio album since 2010 –
entitled “Old Sock”. (nice title). The record is a
collection of some of Clapton's favourite songs throughout
his life and long career.
The numbers span a wide
range of styles. The album also contains two original songs
plus collaborations with Paul McCartney, JJ Cale & Chaka
Khan. The official release date for the record is March 12.
Eric Clapton’s recent tours
unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK
venues. If fans want to hear all of his hits
performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should
attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert. The whole of Clapton's
illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John
Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek &
The Dominos and the solo years.
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