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Will leave you frustrated.
The Ironworks @
- Inverness @
- Fri 22 Nov 2013 @
Favourite moment: Tears in... @
Opening act(s): none CC does a 2 hour set @
4/10 ...Don’t bother. It's basically hit or miss with tribute bands. I’ve seen “Rumours of Fleetwood Mac” “Are You Experienced” and “Ayn’t Skynyrd” and those were real worth being there. “Hats Off to Lead Zeppelin” was average and I wouldn’t recommend. Also an Eagles Tribute in Eden Court Theatre and a Beatles Tribute band which were passable. This Clapton tribute band (“Classic Clapton”) just didn’t cut the mustard for me. I would have scored him 3.5/10 if it wasn’t for the vocals which were good. The rhythm guitar sounded quite tired and tentative. His (Michael Hall) version of “Lay Down Sally” started with notes missing from the chord during the intro which made it sound like one of these demo records (Play like Clapton, re-arranged for children – easy version). The whole thing just wasn’t worked out well enough. The lead guitar parts didn’t flow and the man needs to look away from the fretboard on occasion. Remember, he’s been at it for 28 years!
All in all a bit amateurish with all the hype I had read in the local paper (Inverness Courier) about Clapton himself passing a note to him that said “I have heard all about you man”, Now I realised that’s hardly a compliment and could be taken as anything.
I am sorry if I sound hard on the man but £14.50 he is not worth that entrance fee. If you want to hear great playing, go and see Albert Lee who will set you back £20 and who actually played with the real Eric for 5 years (Listen to “Just One Night” the live Clapton CD). On the plus side, apart from a blunder in one of the finishes, there weren’t any other mistakes that I noticed. As I said before the voice is quite convincing and the highlight (probably because there wasn’t any lead guitar and Michael played acoustic) was “Tears In Heaven”.
I’d hate to hear what he sounded like 28 years ago! All in all, a glorified pub band worth a £5 entry fee. The event was poorly attended and I was taken in by the ads’ hype.