Marquee, Cork, Ireland – Friday 20 June 2008

For the opening night of the European part of the 2008 Summer Tour there were a few changes in the set list. Also there were some new faces in the band: Willie Weeks on bass and Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums. Willie Weeks has played in Eric’s band in 2006/2007. He was not in the band when Eric played in the US and Canada this year. Abe Laboriel Jr. is an American drummer who has worked with Paul McCartney, Sting, Sheryl Crow and Eric Clapton.

The band:

Doyle Bramhall II (guitar/vocals)
Chris Stainton (keyboards)
Willie Weeks (bass)
Abe Laboriel Jr.(drums)
Sharon White (backing vocals)
Michelle John (vocals).

Set list:

01. Tell The Truth
02. Key To The Highway
03. Hoochie Coochie Man
04. Little Wing
05. Outside Woman Blues
06. Double Trouble
07. Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad
08. When You Got A Good Friend
09. Rockin’ Chair
10. Motherless Child
11. Travellin’ Riverside Blues
12. Running On Faith
13. Motherless Children
14. Little Queen of Spades
15. Before You Accuse Me
16. Wonderful Tonight
17. Layla
18. Cocaine

19. Got My Mojo Working (with Robert Randolph)

A European listener reported:

The concert took place in something that looked like a real circus tent. The sound was crystal clear. Eric was introduced on stage by Peter Kay (English comedian), who said something like: “Before the elephants and giraffes come on stage, Eric will play first”!

This was the first show of the European tour. The first thing I noticed was that the rhythm section was replaced: Willie Weeks on bass and on drums Abe Laboriel Jr.

The show was fantastic, much better than some of the concerts I have heard of the American/Canadian tour. Eric was in a very good mood, probably because the weather was very good and it didn’t rain at all in Cork (listen to the Johnnie Walker interview) :-). The highlights were: Outside Woman Blues, Why Does Love Got To Be So Said, Little Queen Of Spades (excellent solos of Eric and Chris Stainton) and Cocaine.

Comments from Billy June 22, 2008 5:11 PM
This was a great show. Got there early and was able to get right up to the front of the stage. The venue was good, very atmospheric, and Eric was in great form. My sister had spent the day making a sign, requesting that he play the George Harrison song, ‘Isn’t It A Pity’. It wasn’t until the end of the show that he actually saw it, but he came over to the edge of the stage and told us that he’d play it the next night in Dublin. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to make the Dublin show, but apparently he did play it!
Anyway, the show was absolutely excellent, with highlights for me being ‘Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad’ (complete with a stunning solo), ‘Running On Faith’, ‘Motherless Children’ and ‘Wonderful Tonight’ which every one of the 5000-strong crowd sang along to!