Phoenix was one of only three U.S. dates Eric Clapton performed in 2019 as a lead-in to his annual Crossroads festival in Dallas.
he strolled on stage with a wave in his blazer and blue jeans, grabbed a guitar and proceeded to remind us how he came to be one of the more revered guitarists in the history of rock and roll, leading a stellar assortment of backing musicians in a set that put the focus squarely on the former Bluesbreaker’s long-standing love of the blues.
After setting the tone with “Pretending” from 1989’s “Journeyman” album, Clapton dove into the blues with an epic performance of “Key to the Highway,” a standard he first recorded in 1970 with Derek and the Dominos, following through with a swaggering version of “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man,” a Willie Dixon classic most often associated with Muddy Waters.
Watch Clapton perform “Key to the Highway” at Chase Center
Before the fifth iteration of the event, which will take place at Dallas’ American Airlines Center Sept. 20-21, Clapton will headline three shows in San Francisco (Sept. 11), Las Vegas (Sept. 13) and Phoenix (Sept. 14).
Key to the Highway
I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man
I Shot the Sheriff
Nobody Knows You When You’re Down and Out
Tears in Heaven
Cross Road Blues
Little Queen of Spades
Before You Accuse Me