Eric Clapton - Yale Bowl
New Haven, Ct. - June 28, 1974 - CD-R2 - Aud 3
Geetarz Comments: First US show of the 1974 Tour. 'Driftin' is incomplete. EC quips "I'm in
tune, too ... amazing ... a slight pause here ... when I do this, it means a slight pause ...".
And before 'Little Queenie', EC announces "Here's a song I taught Chuck Berry to play". In an
unusual arrangement, 'Little Queenie' segues into 'Willie and the Hand Jive', which then turns into
'Get Ready'. The crowd got very wild during 'Layla', to the degree that EC has to stop playing and
say "Calm down, calm down ... just be cool ... can we have a bit of peace? ... Tell you what, I'll
play a song to calm you down ..." at which point the song stops (no coda to 'Layla' this night) and
EC begins to tune his guitar, saying "... see what you made me do?? I'm out of tune!". The band
then begin to play a quiet version of 'Presence of the Lord'. Finally, in 'Crossroads', EC throws in
a doo-wop style "shooby doo wah" chorus. Although not a great recording, this set features
a unique setlist and arrangement compared to the bulk of the 1974 tour.
Visitor Comments: "I was at this show, and it maybe worth ammending the 'Layla' notes. It wasn't clear exactly what prompted it, but Clapton was actually ready to jump into the crowd and fight with someone at the song start. That's why the 'see what you did' - he'd quite literally thrown his guitar to the stage and ran to the edge, gesturing to the fans. What a scene!" - BK
Visitor Comments: "THE REASON WHY HE THREW HIS GUITAR DOWN WAS THAT. THE YALE BOWL WAS EMPTY? ALL BUT THE END ZONE! EVERYONE WAS IN THEIR SEAT,NOBODY WAS ON THE FIELD? WHEN HE PLAYED THOSE FIRST FEW NOTES, THEY RUSH THE STAGE AND SERCURITY STARTED FIGHTING WITH FANS, TILL CLAPTON STEP IN AND STARTED SCREAMING DOWN AT THE GUY,HE CAME BACK TO THE MIKE AND SAID "I DON'T KNOW WHY THEY DON'T WANT YOU UP HERE" THE CROWD LETS OUT A CHEER! "I HAVE TO PLAY SOMETHING TO CALM YOU DOWN! AND THE SHOW WENT ON. HOPE TO HEAR FROM YA! PEACE ALWAYS TRA!!!" - A. Nonny Moose
Visitor Comments: "I was at this concert...don't remember very much about it except that it rained on and off, and I was disappointed by the short version of "Layla". Clapton seemed very nervous." - Anon