Howlin’ For Hubert – The Apollo Theater, NYC – 24 February 2012
Last night the “Howlin’ For Hubert’ concert took place at the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York. Hubert Sumlin, known for his years backing blues legend Howlin’ Wolf, died on December 4th at the age of 80.
Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, Elvis Costello, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Robert Randolph, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Jimmy Vivino and many, many others were there to pay tribute to the late blues guitarist. The show was a benefit for the Jazz Foundation of America.
There were 2 sets:
Key to the Highway – EC, acoustic, accompanied by James Cotton (an old Chicago blues harmonica player)
Eric Clapton leaves stage
Followed by musicians from Big Head Todd, David Johansen, Billy Gibbons, and Warren Haynes to some terrific old Chicago blues guys.
Keb Mo, Doyle Bramhall II, Doyle Bramhall II with Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II with Derek Trucks & Susan Tdedski, Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, Gary Clark Jr. -highlights were Doyle Bramhall II, Doyle Bramhall II with Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeski, Shemekia Copeland & Buddy Guy)
EC returns to the stage to accompany Gary Clark Jr.:
Shake for Me – (Gary Clark Jr./ Eric Clapton / Steve Jordan / Willie Weeks) vocals by Gary, great rhythm playing by Eric Clapton and Eric Clapton trading licks with Gary Clark Jr.(Eric enjoys Gary’s playing)
Little Baby – vocals by Eric Clapton (entire house band incl. Jim Keltner plus Gary)
Forty-Four – vocals by Eric Clapton (entire house band incl. Jim Keltner plus Gary)
Going Down Slow – vocals by Eric Clapton, highlight of EC playing, with some guest vocals by Keith Richards (probably unrehearsed and seemingly unanticipated by Eric Clapton)
Eric Clapton leaves stage for Keith Richards
Little Red Rooster – Keith Richards plays acoustic with James Cotton (a bit uneven, but best of Keith playing)
Eric Clapton returns to stage
Spoonful – Keith Richards and Eric Clapton plus James Cotton and band (one of the other highlights)
Encores – more than thirty musicians on stage:
Wang Dang Doodle