British Rocker Eric Clapton, an 18-time Grammy winner and the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, emulated American Rhythm and Blues to become the most commercially successful guitarist of all time. He has toured and recorded with many notable bands including: The Yardbirds, John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, and Derek and The Dominos. His solo recordings have sold over 280 million records. His live performances, supported by Nathan East on bass and Steve Gadd on drums, continue to sell out worldwide.
Now comes The Dominos, authentic American R&B players, with their retrospective on the music of Eric Clapton… and the only tribute with a guitarist/vocalist who can actually do justice to the Clapton catalogue.
The Dominos present The History of Eric Clapton is an entirely electric set with every tune performed in its original key and tempo. Nearly every arrangement is also true to the original. Randell Young has the same vocal range as Eric Clapton so all of the high notes are going to be there and nearly all of the lead vocals are phrased just like the original recordings.
Like Eric Clapton, Randell Young plays a modified Stratocaster and gets that sweet Clapton guitar tone using just the amplifier and guitar — not a single noisy, pedal-based sound processor to be found anywhere. There are countless well-known and well-loved guitar licks and many solos that are presented verbatim; and, just as you would hear at any of Eric Clapton’s live show, there are also many solos that are improvised — in the style of Eric Clapton, of course.
Like Nathan East (Clapton’s long-time touring bassist), The Dominos keep the original bass lines where they continue to work well (Badge and Sunshine of Your Love for example) but also update some of the older tunes with a more groove-friendly, R&B authentic bass line.
With a few notable exceptions necessary for continuity, the songs are presented in the chronological order of their original release. The Dominos’ best show is approximately two hours in duration with no intermission but can be shortened to 90 minutes or 75 minutes to accommodate alternative formats. For rooms that need to cover three to four hours, The Dominos can also present two 90 minute sets with an intermission (and no repeats) or a three-hour show with no intermission, all featuring the best works of Eric Clapton.
There are no backing tracks, auto-tune or sequencing.
Every note is performed live by Randell Young, Holly Holt, Fred James and Raymond Genovese.
The Two-Hour Show
Sunshine of Your Love
Bell Bottom Blues
Let It Rain
While My Guitar Gently Weeps
I Shot The Sheriff
Lay Down Sally
Before You Accuse Me
Change the World
Sweet Home Chicago
To check out The Dominos’ original concert arrangements of these tunes, click here.
Extra Tunes (included in the Three-Hour Show)
Born Under a Bad Sign
Bottle of Red Wine
Nobody Knows You When You Are Down and Out
Only You Know and I Know
Put It Where You Want It
Willie and the Hand Jive