Hitting all the right notes, guitar legend Eric Clapton's Bahrain debut was a roaring success
Clapton gave Bahrain a night to remember with his rocking concert last night. (Image: Gulf Daily News)
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If you weren't at the show last night, I'm sorry.
I really am, because it was a show of a lifetime and one of the best nights to grace Bahrain.
I am already yearning for his return, so I hope Spring of Culture manages to lure him here again in the near future.
Such is the allure of Clapton that His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Premier was seated in the front row.
Clapton kicked off his show with no fuss - a man who truly needs no introduction, he simply sauntered on stage and launched into his first song without a word.
He ripped into it, a stunning version of Pretending with two long guitar solos that had the audience roaring in approval.
I can't remember the last time I have seen so many people so happy in one place.
His band was also absolutely wonderful, with a special shout-out necessary to the unbelievable keyboardist Chris Stainton, who had several solos throughout the show and lit the place up.
Pianist Paul Carey also sang two songs, Honest Man and the encore High Time, flawlessly.
It felt weird to be seated while rocking out to Clapton, and you could feel the energy buzzing through the crowd.
One of the true ways to know the success of a rock concert is when people feel in tune with the music and clap and sing in their own without being prompted to do so by the singer. That certainly happened last night - the audience were applauding liberally and frequently.
The band moved smoothly from one song to the next almost without pause - I can't imagine their exhaustion by the end of the almost two-hour long set.
In fact, the concert was almost made up of more guitar solos and solos from the band than singing.
It really made you understand why he's known as a guitar legend. He is utterly wasted on studio recordings - the only way to hear this man is through live recordings.
He played all the old favourites, including I Shot The Sherrif, Wonderful Tonight, Layla and Tears in Heaven.
I certainly hope that someone in the audience turned to their partner during Wonderful Tonight and echoed the words - it would have been a truly romantic moment.