Happy Birthday Eric Clapton: Jamming With Derek Trucks At Madison Square Garden


Today marks legendary guitarist Eric Clapton‘s 71st birthday and we’re glad to see “Slowhand” is still going strong. Not only does Clapton have five shows scheduled for next month in Japan, but he’s also set to release his 23rd studio album I Still Do on May 20 via his Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records label. In honor of Slowhand’s birthday, let’s look back to high-quality video of a whole show he played with a band featuring Derek Trucks on guitar at Madison Square Garden in New York City on September 29, 2006.

In the year 2006 Derek Trucks challenged his Allman Brothers band mate Warren Haynes for the title of “hardest working man in the jam scene,” when he appeared with three bands in 17 countries. Much of Derek’s 2006 was spent touring as a side man in Eric Clapton’s band. Trucks was a perfect fit for Slowhand’s touring band and handled many of the slide parts that Duane Allman made famous on the 1970 album Layla and other Assorted Love Songs put out by the group that Derek was named after – Derek And The Dominos.

Clapton brought one of his best bands ever to MSG for three shows at the end of September in 2006. In addition to Eric and Derek, the ensemble also featured guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, keyboardists Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Steve Jordan and vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White. EC and his band tore through a set loaded with some of the most beloved songs in his live repertoire including “Cocaine,” “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “After Midnight,” “Pretending,” “I Shot The Sheriff” and “Got To Get Better In A Little While.”

An audience member pointed his camera at the screens on the side of stage, which gives us just about as good of footage from the tour as is available since EC has yet to officially release a performance from DT’s time in his band. Take a look:



Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden

  • Pretending
  • I Shot the Sheriff  
  • Got to Get Better in a Little While  
  • Old Love
  • Everybody Oughta Make a Change  
  • Mother's Children Have a Hard Time  
  • Back Home
  • I Am Yours  
  • Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out  
  • Running on Faith
  • After Midnight  
  • Little Queen of Spades  
  • Farther Up the Road  
  • Wonderful Tonight
  • Layla  
  • Cocaine  
  • Cross Road Blues
  • Robert Johnson
  • Robert Cray