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Concert review: Eager Oklahoma City fans followed Eric Clapton “Fifty Years Further Up On The Road”

Eric Clapton’s “Fifty Years Further Up On The Road” tour stopped at the Chesapeake Energy Center Wednesday, bringing blistering blues to an appreciative near-sellout crowd.

By Sandi Davis - For the Oklahoman Modified: March 21, 2013 at 5:06 am •  Published: March 21, 2013

What makes this tour one for the ages is the song selection.

Highlight of the show was mid-set when Clapton took a seat mid-stage, grabbed a standard guitar and sang his hits, “Tears In Heaven,” “Lay Down Sally,” “Wonderful Tonight” and his unplugged version of “Layla.”

Songs one would expect to hear, “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Badge” and “After Midnight” were absent, replaced by blues classics like Robert Johnson’s “Stones in My Passway” and the group’s absolutely incendiary “Queen of Spades.”

The audience obviously enjoyed every song played but stood up and got rowdy when they recognized songs like “ Crossroads” and Tulsa natives J.J. Cale’s “Cocaine.”

Clapton sent everyone home in a great mood with his encores, “Sunshine of Your Love” and a high-energy version of “High Time We Went,” written by Joe Cocker and band member Chris Stainton with Carrack on lead vocals.

“Fifty Years Further On Up The Road” is Clapton’s showcase of songs he likes to play. While he doesn’t talk to the audience or encourage his fans to sing along, what he does do is deliver music that one can’t help but enjoy, and leave the venue happy to have been there.