Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and More to benefit Ronnie Lane
We hear songs from every featured artist on the ARMS tour, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, and Ronnie Lane. From Dec. 1, 1983 at the Cow Palace, SF, we have one of the biggest lineups ever for a benefit for Ronnie Lane. Great music by great artists for a sick friend, and the return of Jimmy Page to public life.
November 26, 1970 Cincinatti OH – The Heart of Markness Clasic Rock Podcast
This is a great performance by Derek & The Dominos in Cinci Ohio 11/26/70. Eric Clapton plays brilliantly on Got To Get Better In A Little While before jamming with BB King on Everyday I Have The Blues. Amazing show.
We listen to Eric Clapton playing Long Beach, CA on July 19, 1974. This is a Mike Millard master recording, and Eric plays Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, as well as his solo material. A great set.
Clapton, Beck, Page, Cocker, and More. December 6, 1983 Millard 1st Gen
An incredible recording of the ARMS tour from the LA Forum, December 6, 1983. We hear Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page playing individual sets, as well as together, to benefit Ronnie Lane. A legendary tour.
We listen to tracks from Cream’s farewell tour, Oct. 25, 1968 in San Jose, California. It’s an excellent audience recording from reel to reel and we hear White Room, Sunshine of Your Love, and Crossroads. Amazing band.
This is a very mellow, Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers-esque jam From February 8. 1970 at the Boston Tea Party. Jim Gordon from Derek and the Dominos plays drums. The connection between Peter Green (rest in peace) and Eric Clapton borders on telepathic. It’s uncanny.
If you are a listener of my podcast you already know that in September of 1983, the ARMS Concerts were held in London. They featured sets from Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. This show, from May of that year, is the first live appearance of Jimmy Page since he jammed (along with Robert Plant), with Foreigner on May 12, 1982.
This Eric Clapton concert was the last show of the Money and Cigarettes tour, and it took place in the UK, at the Guildford Town Hall. After performing his set, Eric brought out some friends for a bit of a jam. Albert Lee was playing in Clapton’s band, but Jimmy Page, Phil Collins (who was just about the biggest star in the world in 1983), and Chas & Dave, came out to play. Irish singer Paul Brady comes out to close out the proceedings with Goodnight Irene.
It’s a fun set. Jimmy is, as you probably know having followed my podcasts, not in the best shape here, but he’s not as bad as I had recalled. This YouTube recording is better than the bootleg I’ve had for years. There’s a lot more definition and clarity here, and it does Jimmy credit.
The songs on which Jimmy plays are:
1:20:53 Further On Up The Road (*)
1:29:12 Cocaine (*)
1:36:13 Roll Over Beethoven (*) (**)
1:43:04 You Win Again (*) (**) (***)
1:46:59 Matchbox (*) (**) (***)
1:53:11 Goodnight Irene (*) (**) (***)
* = Jimmy Page
** = Phil Collins
*** = Chas and Dave
**** = Paul Brady
One thing that’s delightful is that this isn’t just one song. It’s a nice set. You’ll be able tell which guitar is Jimmy’s because he’s using his b-bender telecaster, and nothing else sounds like that.
It’s a delightful artifact of Jimmy’s career post-Zeppelin, but before the Firm was even an idea. This show is also just before Eric Clapton’s career had its resurgence with Forever Man. I hope you enjoy this.
Man, the Allman Brothers were great. I’m sorry that I didn’t realize how great they were, before they disbanded. I never saw them live to my shame. Well, if you know the Allmans at all you probably remember that they would have week long residencies at New York’s Beacon theater. During 2009 they were joined by Eric Clapton.
Clapton has been a fan of the Allmans since day one. Duane was in Derek and Dominoes, and the deluxe version that album has a long jam with the Allmans back in 1970. Amazing. The Allmans (to me) are everything the Grateful Dead are said to be. That’s not a war cry, just an opinion. I’ve written of my love of them before.
This show is incredible. I am in awe at the level of interplay, and musical genius, are at work here. Clapton fits in perfectly but in no way overshadows. It’s both a testament to the quality of the Allmans, as much as Eric’s. It makes me sad that he (Clapton) never again went for a real tight but loose jam band, after the Dominoes. I get it. Cream was a nightmare of drama and fighting, Blind Faith was also rife with drama (cough… Ginger Baker… cough), and then the Dominoes faded away into heroin addiction, and alcoholism.
On With The Show
SET LIST: 01. Introduction 02. Key To The Highway 03. Dreams 04. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad 05. Little Wing 06. Anyday 07. Layla 08. Ending
As you see there is a decent chunk of the Layla album represented, both (I think), as a celebration and a homage, to Duane Allman, and all that could have been. The beauty of the set is 100% in the Layla vibe, while completely being Derek Trucks’ and Warren Haynes’ 21st Century creation. The old were great in the way that they were back in 1970. There’s no redefining or modernizing.
The rhythm section with two drummers, and a percussionist, is truly key to this performance, and the Allman Brothers Band, as a whole. Jaimoe and Butch Trucks (RIP) deepen the groove, while making the drums sound like one drummer with four arms. I love them. Oteil Burbridge plays bass so deep in the pocket that you don’t notice that he’s the mortar holding all this together.
I LOVE THIS SHOW. Watch it. Listen to it. Keep listening. It’s astonishing good. My word good not good as newspaper word good, so if you’d like a professional review of this set, here’s the original New York Times write up. Enjoy. I hope you like it.