But wait! Eric vacations in Iceland during the summer, fishing for salmon at one of the expensive fishing lodges. ERIC CAN'T AFFORD TO RETIRE!
Which gives me the opportunity to tell you that John And I Have Arrived. How far have we arrived? Well, we were on Eric's security detail last night at John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville. Does it get any better than that? Nei.
(the same Joe Mahoney who photographed a recent wedding in the family)
ERIC CLAPTON REVIEW: 'Slowhand' slow down? Not hardly
Clapton's skill and integrity on display in
BY MELISSA RUGGIERI
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Friday, October 13, 2006
Eric Clapton is one of the many in the I-said-I-retired-from-touring-but-I'm-back club -- and no one is arguing with that decision.
A month into this latest leg of a world tour that launched in May, Clapton, at 61, is as vital a musician and performer as his two six-string sidekicks, the immensely gifted Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall II.
Most of last night's sold-out concert at the John Paul Jones Arena in
AT: John Paul Jones Arena last night
Even this mostly middle-aged crowd remained on its feet for the majority of the show, swaying along to the reggae thump of "Sheriff" and dancing appreciatively when Clapton retrieved the Derek & The Dominos gems "Anyday" and "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out."Anyone questioning Clapton's ability can turn in their music-appreciation badge immediately and move on, but even a legend requires some assistance. He shared the heavy lifting all night with comparative youngsters Trucks and Bramhall, whose playing proved they have every right to share the stage with guitar roy alty. Trucks is a phenomenal slide player and Bramhall's melodicstyle and equally strong backup vocals provided the perfect complement to Clapton's clean, but never pristine, blues.
No--we're not in this picture. Just wanted you to feel the power of Authority. Actually we were outfitted in navy vests with the UVA insignia, along with khakis and white polo shirts. The preppie look, as one would expect at a UVA event.