Eric Clapton is an all time favorite of mine, and there have been several occasions in the past where I just missed one of his concerts. But last night I was there. My friend Marcia and I celebrated her birthday by having dinner at the Arena Restaurant before attending the Eric Clapton concert at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. It was a comedy of errors from the time we were in line for the Restaurant. It seems my print out tickets were valid for the dinner but not for the Concert, and the gentleman scanning my tickets directed us to the help desk. The man at the desk said "Let these ladies go up for their 5:30 seating."
|Marcia in line to be seated at the Restaurant.|
|The Arena Restaurant.|
The Wallflowers with front Jakob Marly (son of Bob Marly) opened for Clapton. They put on quite an entertaining show themselves.
And then there was Clapton!!!! I was pleased that he sang two of my very favorites, "Layla", the slow version not the loud, long version.
And "Tears in Heaven", a ballad, written by Eric Clapton and Will Jennings about the pain Clapton felt following the death of his four-year-old son, Conor, who fell from a window of a 53rd-floor New York apartment. Clapton, who arrived at the apartment shortly after the accident, was visibly distraught for months afterwards.
Oh my, despite a few snafus, it turned out to be a great evening.