Classic Clapton, the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall, will be making a welcome return to Cannock in October after a gap of nearly 10 years.
They previously played 3 successful shows at The Prince of Wales Theatre, but not since 2004. Fans are therefore advised to book early.
They will perform all of EC's classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine and of course Layla! There will even be an “Unplugged” segment making the concert nearly two hours long.
The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented and named themselves ''After Midnight'' after Eric Clapton’s first solo hit. Their ability to re-create Clapton’s electrifying stage performances, really caught the audience’s imagination. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!
In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London. Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).
Tyne Tees Television were so impressed, they made a programme about them, called 'Cover Their Tracks'. It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition. Last year Mike was filmed by Japanese TV for a documentary about Slowhand's classic song Layla. The programme was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan in January 2013.
In 2001 they embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres. They called the tribute show "Classic Clapton". Since then, they have continued to perform throughout the UK and Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall, London and a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 2002. In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia and Holland. In July 2009 they appeared at St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 gig, but it was a great experience.
In the past 28 years Classic Clapton have become something of a rock institution. The band comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar) & Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals). Since their last appearance in 2010 they have been re-joined by Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals). Dave is a former member of chart band Geordie. In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC. Dave & Danny were both original members of Classic Clapton.
They have released three albums, firstly “The Music of Eric Claptop” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics. Their second is a live double CD ''Classic Clapton Unplugged'' recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall. In 2005 they released their third album “Classic Cream” – featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup. All three albums will be available at Cannock.
Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's when he revolutionised electric guitar playing with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist).
Eric’s recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK arenas. If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should attend a Classic Clapton concert. The whole of Clapton's illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.
The band will be performing at The Prince of Wales Theatre, Church Street, Cannock on Friday 25 October at 8pm. Tickets are priced £16 from the box office, Tel: 01543 578762. Please visit the venue's website or the band's website for more information.
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