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The Allman Brothers Band with Eric Clapton

Updated on February 23, 2010

Eric Clapton plays "Dreams" with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater

Eric plays "Dreams" with The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater.

At about 1 minute in Eric either drops or palms his pick and plays the rest of the song without a pick just like Derek Trucks.

Simply an amazing guitar solo imho.

BTW, Derek served as Clapton's backup guitar player during his tour 2006-2007

Allman Brothers with Eric Clapton "Dreams" - At The Beacon Theater 3/19/2009

Eric Clapton playing "Dreams" with The Allman Brothers Band At The Beacon Theater 3/19/2009.

I've seen The Allman Brothers Band in concert three times in my life. I've seen Eric Clapton four times. In fact, I saw them play last fall at the Tweeter Center with this same lineup, minus Eric of course and they were great!

But I really wish i was at this concert omg.

Derek Trucks playing with The Allman Brothers Band at The Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA
Derek Trucks playing with The Allman Brothers Band at The Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA

Derek Trucks history with Eric Clapton

Early in 2006, Eric Clapton initially called Trucks to arrange a recording session with him for a proposed album with J.J. Cale featuring Billy Preston. Although Trucks had met and played with a pantheon of rock and blues' elite, this was Trucks' first occasion to meet Eric Clapton. While working in the studio together on The Road to Escondido, Clapton found a quick compatibility, and invited The Derek Trucks Band to open for him while on his upcoming 2007 Crossroads Guitar Festival in Toyota Park, Bridgeview, Illinois on July 28, 2007. Derek's band and Trucks' wife, vocalist Susan Tedeschi, were to open for Clapton at the Festival, and to provide backing support for Johnny Winter's performance onstage. Afterward, Trucks would remain with Clapton as his accompanist on guitar during his set within his house band, and after, continue with him during his world tour to follow. Although Trucks was elated, he mentioned some concerns he had regarding his responsibilities with The Allman Brothers Band (Gregg Allman in particular), but his worries were unfounded. Commenting afterward, in 2007, he said, 'The Allman Brothers Band has been really great this past year working around Clapton's schedule. I'm really grateful. They understood it was something I couldn't pass up.' In another interview, speaking of Clapton, Trucks said, "He asked me that [to tour] out of the blue". I think he was just looking for a new guitar foil to play off." He continued, saying, "I was weaned on Derek and the Dominos... I experienced a moment of realization that I was in Clapton's actual band one night during "Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad", when I looked over and saw him there playing!" As a result, in 2006, Trucks found himself playing in three bands in 17 countries.

The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater with Eric Clapton March 20 2009
The Allman Brothers Band at the Beacon Theater with Eric Clapton March 20 2009

HUGE BOX SET

According to The Allman Brothers Band website www.hittinthenote.com , to commemorate their 40th anniversary, The Allman Brothers Band is releasing a Beacon Box live CD package, capturing all 15 sold-out shows from the group's March 2009 stand at the venerable Beacon Theatre in New York City. This is the first time the band has made CDs available from their annual visits to New York, which date back to 1989 and includes 188 consecutive sold-out shows at the Beacon. Individual shows will be available as well. Delivery of these legendary concerts has already started and all are expected to be in stock by mid November at www.hittinthenote.com.

This run was dedicated to the memory of Duane Allman, seminal guitarist and founder of the band, and to help celebrate Duane's legacy, 62 special guests shared the stage with the Allman Brothers Band. The list includes a "Who's Who" of rock, jazz and jams greats, including Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Buddy Guy, Boz Scaggs, Johnny Winter, Sheryl Crow, Widespread Panic's Jimmy Herring and John Bell, Kid Rock, Billy Gibbons, Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas, Bob Margolin, Phish's Trey Anastasio and Page McConnell, Chuck Leavell, Jimmy Hall, Susan Tedeschi, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and many others. Also appearing for two nights with the band was the inimitable Eric Clapton, who teamed with Duane Allman to record Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs in 1970, considered by many critics to be the finest guitar album of all time. This marked the first occasion that Clapton had played with the Allman Brothers Band in a public setting.

The fact that the band performed at its considerable best in its 40th year is a remarkable testament to the talents of this Rock and Roll Hall of Fame group. All the magic of their timeless classics, newer tunes and spectacular cover songs shines through on the Beacon Box live CD package. The 15 historical shows, containing 100 different songs, will be packaged in a custom-made, hand-crafted, serial numbered box and will have the Beacon Theatre's marquee silkscreened across the front. In addition to the Beacon concerts, this box set will include a special bonus performance of the Allman Brothers Band at Warren Haynes' 20th Annual Christmas Jam, which occurred in December of 2008. Also included in the box set edition will be a CD booklet with liner notes, set list and exclusive photos taken during the run by ABB Tour Mystic, Kirk West. Shows are available on an individual basis as well, so take advantage of this once in a lifetime offer to savor a once in a lifetime event. Please visit www.hittinthenote.com. for set list, show descriptions and ordering info.

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