I’ve been to hundreds of concerts and have seen hundreds of bands playing in bars and nightclubs. Of course some of those performances stand-out in my memory. One in particular I can’t forget. It was at Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, Wisconsin. It happened 26 years ago last night, the 26th of August. My friend Mark and his wife Lisa were there with me for an amazing triple bill that included Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Eric Clapton. It was a night to remember. For more reasons than one. Stevie died in a helicopter crash after the concert not long after midnight on the 27th while leaving the venue.
The sadness still lingers 26 years later. Over the years I’ve watched many performances of his on YouTube. I’ll leave you with one of the better ones. Unfortunately it ends in the middle of a song. Here’s a link.
Update. I originally posted the above partial concert video. I have since found bits and pieces from the same concert and they are posted below here:
Genius with that guitar! I never had the opportunity to see him, but Clapton is on my list!
If you see Clapton is playing you best catch him. Recent interviews he’s given he’s been saying he’s done with touring. It’s a bit shocking and sad to read. The one constant with Clapton the past 40 years has been there will always be a “next” tour. Apparently those days are over. Although I’ve had the opportunity to see him in concert 3 times, I can’t imagine not being able to see him play live ever again.
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