Eric Clapton Welcomes Carlos Santana In San Francisco

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Eric Clapton kicked off a short U.S. tour on Wednesday night at the new Chase Center in San Francisco, where fellow guitar legend Carlos Santana emerged for the evening’s encore. Clapton was just the third act to perform at the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood following concerts from Metallica and Dave Matthews Band.

Clapton’s show came in similar format to EC concerts of the past few years. Slowhand and his band started the night with a handful of electric songs before the guitarist went unplugged for an acoustic section and then ended the evening with more electric tunes. The 74-year-old musician opened with his ’80s hit “Pretending” and then tackled covers of “Key To The Highway,” “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man” and “I Shot The Sheriff.” Last night’s acoustic segment began with “Drifin’ Blues” and continued with a run of “Circus,” “Nobody Knows You When You’re Down & Out” and “Tears In Heaven.” It was “Circus” which was the biggest surprise of the night setlist-wise as Clapton hadn’t performed the tune from 1998’s Pilgrim since 2016 as per Setlist.FM.

The second electric portion of the concert got underway with “Badge,” the lone Cream song of the evening. Clapton and his band went on to perform the recently revived “Holy Mother” as well as staples “Crossroads” and “Little Queen Of Spades.” An electric “Layla” concluded the main set. Bay Area resident Carlos Santana joined in for an encore of Joe Cocker’s “High Time We Went.” Eric and Carlos traded solos and Santana was particularly effusive in showing praise for Slowhand. Clapton now heads to Las Vegas to continue the brief tour.

Watch “High Time We Went” featuring Carlos Santana thanks to alec:

Setlist

Eric Clapton at Chase Center

  • Pretending
  • Key to the Highway  
  • I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man  
  • I Shot the Sheriff  
Acoustic
  • Driftin' Blues  
  • Circus
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out  
  • Tears in Heaven
electric
  • Badge  
  • Holy Mother
  • Cross Road Blues  
  • Little Queen of Spades  
  • Layla  
Encore
  • High Time We Went
  • Joe Cocker
  • Carlos Santana

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