May 6, 2015 – 3:59 pm

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New York 2015 [no label, 2CD]

Live at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY; May 1, 2015. Fairly to very good audience recording.

Here’s one more for the fans and collectors. For the rest, as John Lennon once said, “if you’ll just rattle your jewellery.”

Thanks to Scooter123 for sharing the show at Dime.

Scooter123 noted:

It was Eric Clapton’s birthday [March 30 - he is 70] celebration, but it was the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden that got a gift as the guitar god put on a two-hour set that included some of his biggest hits and guest stars. Never the most talkative of rock stars, Clapton let the music speak for itself, but toward the end he let on that the night was just as magical to him as it was to the audience.

“I want to thank you for helping me celebrate,” he said. “This is the best birthday I ever had.”

While some ageing acts expand their bands over time, adding players to do the heavy lifting, Clapton has stripped his down. The evening may have found its peak when Clapton had the strongest accompaniment during “Let It Rain.” Clapton traded solos with both Trucks and Bramhall, grinning ear to ear.

That said, I was amazed at his choice of sidemen, including one of the best drummers in the world, jazz drummer Steve Gadd and jazz bassist Nathan East. Paul Carrack (Mike & The Mechanics) made his Hammond B-3 sing, and even had twin Leslies. Chris Stainton emulated strings and steel guitar on his Kurzwiel piano and Nord synthesizer.

I had a pair of talkers next to me with a guy who had to explain the intricies of Eric Clapton’s life throughout the better part of the show. Thankfully he was only noticeable at the end of every track. Concequently, the volume (gain) at the end of each track was zero’ed out where possible. This also enabled better volume adjustment for the tracks as well…

The true thanks go not to me, but to the taping community behind whose footsteps I have followed, including those who have perfected the art of stealth recordings, the makers of the stealthy mikes, cords, adapters, and preamps, and those who have graciously shared their stealth recording techniques.

I am merely a mike stand with a credit card and driver’s license.

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Thanks also to ethiessen1 for the artwork (modified slightly here).

Mikes: Schoeps mk4 > Actives > NBox Platinum
Recorder: Tascam DR2d
Transfer: Goldwave (Volume Boost, Compression > Dither to 16b) > Media Monkey [Flac Transfer L8]
Location: Center E Section

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Somebody’s Knocking 5:54 (9.9MB)
Track 102. Key to the Highway 4:20 (7.3MB)
Track 103. Pretending * 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 104. Hoochie Coochie Man 5:16 (8.9MB)
Track 105. You Are So Beautiful 4:36 (7.7MB)
Track 106. Can’t Find My Way Back Home 5:19 (8.9MB)
Track 107. I Shot the Sheriff 7:54 (13.3MB)
Track 108. Drifting and Drifting 5:43 (9.6MB)
Track 109. Nobody Knows When You’re Down and Out 3:23 (5.7MB)
Track 110. Tears in Heaven 4:50 (8.1MB)
Track 111. Layla 6:30 (10.9MB)
61 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Before You Accuse Me + 7:10 (12.0MB)
Track 202. You Look Wonderful Tonight 3:49 (6.4MB)
Track 203. Rain ^ 6:07 (10.3MB)
Track 204. Crossroads 6:50 (11.5MB)
Track 205. Little Queen of Spades 12:13 (20.5MB)
Track 206. Cocaine 6:44 (11.3MB)
Track 207. It’s High Time We Went (with Mayer, Vaughan, Bramhall, and Trucks) 8:24 (14.1MB)
52 mins

Eric Clapton - guitar, vocals
Nathan East - bass, vocals
Paul Carrack - Hammond B-3 organ, keyboards
Chris Stainton - Kurzwiel piano, Nord synthesizer
Steve Gadd - drums
Michelle John - backing vocals
Sharon White - backing vocals

John Mayer - guitar *
Jimmie Vaughan - guitar +
Doyle Bramhall - guitar ^
Derek Trucks - slide guitar ^

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  1. 61 Responses to “ERIC CLAPTON - MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 2015”

  2. thank u for this.. i got the 2nd of 2 shows last nite. so now i have both.
    in the 2nd show cocaine was dropped and let it rain closed the show.

    By darth on May 6, 2015

  3. was that cocaine up yer schnoz or up yer arse darthie? did you give head for a backstage pass?

    By pseudo darth on May 6, 2015

  4. Thanks Big-O! Eric Clapton is always welcome

    By California Jim on May 6, 2015

  5. Stop the Darth bashing. It’s really tedious. I am a frequent visitor / commenter at BigO and I find that your little snarky tribe of haters needs to grow up and gat a damned life. Darth sometimes posts interesting comments, but always posts because he enjoys the community here. As for YOUR reasons for posting, well, perhaps YOU should examine your motives.

    By walter on May 6, 2015

  6. i agree with Walter

    By song smith on May 6, 2015

  7. if my name was walter I wouldn`t slag anyone.
    walter walter lead me to the altar.

    By glen darth on May 6, 2015

  8. sadly the 2nd show has a little talking over the end of each song because the taper was near ppl who felt like babbling but otherwise the quality is pretty decent. if there are any worthwhile differences or perhaps a sbd or fm or tv brdcst etc from one of the 7 london shows of course that will be something worth obtaining. perhaps if any of them are recorded even better than these 2 usa shows. its so sad that from what is being said these could be his last 9 shows ever. other than the one off thing here or there that is. im kinda surprised that he didnt throw in a bb king track.
    he did willie dixon and charles segar and billy preston and bob marley and johnny moore and jimmy cox and bo diddley and robert johnson and joe cocker. and bb king is in hospice and near death and not one cover here. that bothers me. if bb dies after the 7th london show when will he have paid tribute?

    By darth on May 6, 2015

  9. btw.. song / walter.. ty.

    By darth on May 6, 2015

  10. sad - two deaths to announce -
    rainbow bassist - craig gruber
    renaissance keyboardist - john tout

    craig was also with elf and played with gary moore. long time collaborator with dio.

    By darth on May 6, 2015

  11. the taper was near ppl who felt like babbling .

    uh guess what DARTH, people talk at concerts it`s legal , you buy your ticket you get to talk listen and cheer. tapers are usually illegal. tell someone who just spent hundreds of dollars for a ticket they cannot say a word because a freeloading chump like you expects perfect downloads.

    By glen darth on May 6, 2015

  12. I will second Walter’s sentiment. And, thank you Big O amigos for some fine Clapton. I always enjoy him revisiting the Blind Faith material, it makes for a good Thompson sunset.
    Be well, James

    By James on May 7, 2015

  13. Has trolling now become a legitimate form or employment?

    By Vincent on May 7, 2015

  14. sure seems to be some new names here today doesn`t there darthie boy?

    By dropkick sarge on May 7, 2015

  15. walter,songsmith, james ,and vincent otherwise known as darth
    its not polite to pretend darth.

    By miss manners on May 7, 2015

  16. Thank you Walter and others for your comments. The Darth Bashing is indeed tedious, and says much more about the pathetic lives of the bashers than about Darth (who contributes here in a positive way)

    By James Cassara on May 7, 2015

  17. whats a darth?

    By gleen fartman on May 7, 2015

  18. frequent purveyor of BigO and I must agree with Walter….lay down turds of the haternet,the force Darth…use the force.

    By Darth Plastic on May 7, 2015

  19. Thanks for the EC links.

    A darth is a rare skin disorder similar to diaper rash. If not treated with a wire brush and lacquer thinner, it can spread to the hands and face.

    By george martini on May 7, 2015

  20. ty james.
    i dont use other names on this or any site.
    as for talking during concerts.. how about saving it for in between songs so the people who are there to enjoy the music around u dont have to hear u they also paid $100s to hear that concert and not u.. u idiot. how about consideration for them? its not about the taping or downloading. its about the other people. its not all about u and what u wanna do. if u wanna talk do it before and after the show. its ok to stfu for 2 hours. clapping is fine. even a woohoo ..again between songs. but why ruin it for others? go whistle and woohoo and talk at home or in your car. its the same morons who do all that jabbering during the show who later on see someone taping it and say hey dude. can i get a copy of that? yeah now that u ruined it sure. fucking idiots.

    By darth on May 7, 2015

  21. Hey, thanks for posting this show and so quickly after the event. And the artwork is great, full credit to ethiessen1. And thanks Darth for your input. Just ignore the dumbass knockers and keep on enjoying the music!

    By Macca on May 7, 2015

  22. wow.. ty macca. and again walter.
    pity ec didnt show up on any talk shows while in nyc. he sure coulda done snl altho i know it was prescheduled to have wiz khalifa perform im sure. it just woulda been nice. its been 23 years hasnt it? or am i forgetting an appearance since that 92 one? well anyway.. i was hoping he coulda done something while in town other than the 2 msg gigs. if anyone hears that he did.. please mention it. perhaps he went to see someone else perform and joined them? right after i post this ill look around and see what i can find.

    By darth on May 7, 2015

  23. walter- u must be new here otherwise u would know that its common that darth defiles himself with his balderdash.

    jealousy has certainly never been a factor in the criticism of his comments its usually just a desire to correct his multitude of mistakes and ridicule his farcical fabrications.

    thank u for not spamming your comment on three separate articles again. oh and btw- as your new found hero the duke ellington of dirty words has said… if u don’t like what we write u dont have to read it.

    By barth on May 7, 2015

  24. @ miss manners … sorry if I wasn’t clear, my comments were directed at those bashing darth, etc … I wasn’t pretending to be anyone. It just cracks me up that internet trolling is still a thing, my god move on people, it’s not 2008 anymore.

    Also ty to BigO for the EC tracks :D

    By Vincent on May 7, 2015

  25. Darth (Proper noun):

    1.Used as a title or name for an evil person.

    ◾Consider the threat of an evil hacker, Darth, who can not only eavesdrop on your network connection but also alter the messages that are sent.
    ◾ glaring malevolently across his desk at me in the manner that had earned him the nickname “Darth” among his elite cadre of audio penetration officers.
    ◾The evil Darth Leonard steals the formula and a young couple must get it back (real life Ward Leonard is a legendary recluse who has hiked the Appalachian Trail something like 20-30 times).
    ◾Ben: You can’t win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you can possibly imagine.

    By Glengarry Glendarth on May 7, 2015

  26. The ‘trolls’ have it. And we all know that only darth would defend darth.

    By Glengarry Glendarth on May 7, 2015

  27. I see that someoine’s using my name to post now. I did not post the “The Darth defilers here seem like they haven’t any lives. I do so wish that they would leave Darth alone.
    Their jealousy has certainly become quite tedious, here of late.” posting above.

    If your going to troll on this page, please use your OWN name, not mine.

    By walter on May 7, 2015

  28. walter .. it seems the moderator removed said posting. when this happens u can either post here that u didnt post a comment or u can write directly to him at [email protected] and he will usually take care of it for u. they often do that same crap to me and others. its what cowards do. i dont get this crap at all. i may never understand any of this. shrug. they make this all about me then blame me. go figure. in any event i do appreciate that u tried. how could i not? im sorry for the repercussions u have incurred.

    By darth on May 7, 2015

  29. just for u darth:

    By barth on May 7, 2015

  30. “Vaughan”

    By Tony McLean on May 7, 2015

  31. okay darth enough fucking whining from you and all 4 of your aliases.

    By dropkick sarge on May 8, 2015

  32. For your paranoid information, I DID complain about other people posting under my name and two such posts were removed. Also, I am not darth. I have posted at BigO for many years under my own (real) name. BigO knows this to be a fact, as I presume that they can see the url from where I post.

    For the record, I find the constant sniping on this page tedious in the extreme.

    By walter on May 8, 2015

  33. so do we walter, but we find the lying,baiting,misinformation,bragging ,etc to be even more tedious.

    By dropkick sarge on May 8, 2015

  34. Walter, the url thing doesn`t mean shit, I share a computer at work and have actually caught someone mailing bigo with my “url”
    anyhow, too much bashing is correct but sometimes someone here really bends the truths.

    By sluggo on May 8, 2015

  35. Since this topic has come up, I have to say that I’ve wondered about the whole “beat up darth” thing. I’ve been frequenting BigO for a few years. Don’t comment very often, which is my bad b/c I should at least be thanking the site for posting such great music.

    But it’s weird to read the constant back and forth in the comments section. Like walking into someone’s bad marriage. Y’all can do what you want, of course, but from an outsider’s standpoint, it’s unpleasant to have to pick through the flames and bashing for actual comments about the music.


    By the sobsister on May 8, 2015

  36. Thanks to the taper and Big O. Nice to hear EC trading licks with some great guitar slingers who bring their own styles to the party. No problem discerning Derek Trucks’s style on “Rain” and Jimmy Vaughan brings his economical punch to “Before You Accuse Me.” The sounds has a nice mix, with good clarity. Fortunately the chatting and crowd noise seems mostly confined to the intros and exits.

    By Jania on May 8, 2015

  37. hey drop - once again i dont use any aliases at all ever.

    By darth on May 8, 2015

  38. Bullshit glen…what a liar you are…just stop it you peddling tricycle clown con boy attention seeking whore…



    glen frohman…

    By Jerry's Finger on May 8, 2015

  39. first of all u are still calling me by that name. 2nd of all i have never used darthcardz on this site. that would be an alias for darth and i have never done that. as i said i dont use any aliases at all ever. darth isnt an email address. darthcardz was an email address at one time. it isnt now and hasnt been for many years. same goes for the ohio name. while the 54 is only accurate for the last year i havent used that id as an alias. so youre lying. it was an email address. it was never an alias. just as your email address isnt jerrys finger with or without an apostrophe of course. u do however use aliases on here. i dont. i have said that i dont repeatedly and numerous times. i stand by that. i have never posted under the name glen and i dont use that name. i never have. i know that u want to believe that it is my name and i know u have a lot of reason to believe it is but thats all it is.. belief. u are putting way too much energy into worrying about me and who i am and so on. its becoming obsessive. hell it passed that point years ago. youve become psychotic over me and my postings on this site. u seriously should get something else to do and find a real hobby that doesnt involve stalking and harassing others. do u take medication? if not dont u think u should? if u do dont u think u might need an adjustment? i suggest u consult a psychiatrist or someone who can help u with this problem. seriously. dont just take my word for it. this is just a site man and look at what youre doing. youre way past mentally unbalanced. sure u have a few idiots here who cheer u on and will back u up but they dont give a flying rats ass what happens to u or how far over the edge u go or if u crash and burn. frankly i dont either for obvious reasons but for your own benefit dont u think u should put some thought and consideration into this and seek some help? at least step back and ask yourself what the fuck u are wasting your time for doing this shit. youre not accomplishing anything and youre making a fool of yourself and no one is impressed. at least 85-90% of the readers here are shaking their heads and throwing out sighs of exasperation and frustration and wondering why u are still doing this after years and years relentlessly harassing me non stop. u need to give up already. get tired. theres no point anymore. u call me an attention seeking whore but how can u post comments like the above and not realize that u are the one actually seeking attention? cmon now.. seriously. grow up. wake up.

    By darth on May 8, 2015

  40. you lie glen…that’s not what you wrote a few posting up…you just stated you never have used any other names at any sites…sure ohiom54…

    ok glen frohman…

    email account business name…got you darthcardz…

    energy glen…?

    who writes tomes of babbling drivel…?

    you do glen frohman…!

    again everyone this is what he wants this is glen frohman darth ohiom54 darthcardz

    oh by the way…what was the name of those 2 record stores you co owned in the village…? you forgot the name of them…? they must’ve been called darth’s records since you don’t ever go by anything else anywhere ever in the past present…

    eh glen…?

    By Jerry's Finger on May 8, 2015

  41. Actually, I had meant to ask about those record stores as well, but forgot.

    I find some of the interactions between record store owners and customers to be quite amusing. Care to share some of those?

    By mackdaddyg on May 8, 2015

  42. Thanks guys for ruining BigO with your non-stop hatred. You people are truly sick. Jumping on Darth for every comment is a blood sport. Really. Get help. You are all poison. Why anything someone posts should elicit such spiteful bile is beyond me, but speaks of a lower life form.

    Do something creative with yourselves.

    Stop the trolling. You are wasting your lives and polluting the site.

    This is my last post on this thread.

    By walter on May 8, 2015

  43. What hatred? My request is a sincere one.

    By mackdaddyg on May 8, 2015

  44. mackdaddyg, great question!

    By dropkick sarge on May 8, 2015

  45. Darth just because you say you haven`t posted under another name doesn’t mean a thing. That would be your very argument if this was about someone else…you have told so many whoppers here no one believes you at all.

    By dropkick sarge on May 8, 2015

  46. it doesnt matter if im believed or not. the fact remains i have never posted using any other name than darth. i dont use aliases. thats just a fact.
    the stores that i owned or co-owned have nothing to do with this site. they dont exist any longer and havent in more than 20 years. i am not in nyc any longer. one of my stores closed over 30 yrs ago. i just happened to bring up the subject on another page here for whatever reason at the time. not to be harassed about it for years. what difference does it make what stores they were?? u werent there.
    the point was about this site and my id on here. the freestarman site was posted by some idiot who was a sick mentally disturbed moron in an aol chat room who got hold of a bunch of pics of different people from the room that he spent 2 or 3 years in and he found out how to make a free site and post some harassing comments about them. he had nothing better to do since he lives on disability and in a trailer in birdsboro pa and hes 53 yrs old. he has posted 6-8 of those pages on wordpress and a few were removed. some werent. all they were was flaming sort of pages that had no purpose other than to offend and harass people in the chat room that he didnt like. his info came from made up crap and others in the room who helped him etc. he was so stupid that he couldnt turn on a computer if someone didnt tell him how. in fact.. he actually hasnt been seen in nearly a month. hes one of the most hated people in the rooms that he frequents simply because hes such a nuisance and annoying. he just posts stupid crap all day and all nite non stop. kinda like these idiots here but with an iq of less than 80. seriously. his name is chris chicowicz or something and he really doesnt have a clue about anything.

    i dont know what any of that other stuff u said in your post means. i cant make heads or tails from it.
    as for interactions between record store owners and customers.. im not sure what youre talking about either mack. sorry. if u want to know about those.. why not share the ones u have had? havent u ever been to a record store? havent u talked to the owners? im not sure what u are looking for here.
    to back him up drop.. makes no sense. it isnt a great question at all. re-read it. what on earth is he asking for? what dont u know that someone who ran a store that sold records could tell u about the interaction between himself and customers?? im sure u have had interactions with store owners. what makes his question great? i dont get it.
    and yes.. just because i say i havent posted under another name most absolutely definitely does mean a thing.. it means positively 100% absolutely without any doubt whatsoever that i havent. i always always always post using my own id.
    i havent told any whoppers at all.
    i dont know what u mean about it would be my argument if this was about someone else. if u cant show any semblance whatsoever in the direction of proof. even something along the lines of a suggestion that it could be more than possible.. not just u think it.. but something.. then u saying it ‘doesnt mean a thing’.

    By darth on May 9, 2015

  47. sure do write a lot for some who doesn`t care.
    that`s reason enought right there for no one to believe you.
    no record store stories either eh?..hmmm could it be..nah..not darth..

    By dropkick sarge on May 9, 2015

  48. I wish that we could all get along, like darth and the other names that he uses to post messages here with, do.

    By Walt's Tears on May 9, 2015

  49. Darth…barada….nikto

    By Klaatu on May 9, 2015


    By SMEGMAWILIE on May 9, 2015

  51. darth/glen- will u PLEASE not talk about yourself in the third person!!

    “some idiot who was a sick mentally disturbed moron in an aol chat room”

    “he had nothing better to do since he lives on disability and in a trailer… and hes 53 yrs old.”

    “all they were was flaming sort of pages that had no purpose other than to offend and harass people in the chat room that he didnt like.”

    “his info came from made up crap”

    “hes one of the most hated people in the rooms that he frequents simply because hes such a nuisance and annoying. ”

    “he just posts stupid crap all day and all nite non stop.”

    “he really doesnt have a clue about anything.”

    By barth on May 9, 2015

  52. So glad I found this site a few years back, there’s so much great music that’s posted for us all to enjoy.. but, all this Darth stuff is so JUVENILE. All of you that make these idiotic posts on him.. Please get a life. You NEED to!!

    By dwkstur on May 9, 2015

  53. drop - show me the line where i say i dont care. i do care about the truth. i do care that u stop lying about me.
    tears - i dont use other names.
    barf - i didnt talk about myself. i was talking about the person who posted the site that jerry posted. pay attention.
    nothing i said about him refers to me or corresponds to me.

    By darth on May 9, 2015

  54. btw.. ty dwkstur.

    By darth on May 9, 2015

  55. Hello darth/Glen. This isn’t the first time you’ve denied everything. We’ve been through this before, on the “Buddy Guy & Stevie Ray Vaughn - New York 1986” concert bigO posted a while ago.

    Once you were confronted with links to your indictment in a Dayton, Ohio newspaper, the denials almost stopped. As usual, you tried to bullshit your way out of it, even though the articles about your arrest and indictment are linked to.

    You finally admitted that “there are some things that turned out for the better in my world/ life thanks to the jail sentence that was exactly 365 days minus 11 days in county.”

    It’s here, for anyone who’s interested:

    By Dingus on May 9, 2015

  56. Some minor track list corrections:
    101 Somebody Knocking
    106 Can’t Find My Way Home
    108 Driftin’
    202 Wonderful Tonight
    203 Let It Rain
    207 High Time We Went

    and it’s Doyle Bramhall II and Jimmie Vaughan

    Thanks for the tracks! I was at the May 3rd show and it’s great to hear the first show now as well.

    By CrackerJack on May 9, 2015

  57. drop - show me the line where i say i dont care.

    Darth , why, you`ll deny it .

    By dropkick sarge on May 10, 2015

  58. “i didnt talk about myself.”

    i could have sworn that u uploaded your eHarmony profile to bigO by mistake…

    By barth on May 10, 2015

  59. i have never been on eharmony. they charge a lot of money.

    u cant show me a line that isnt there. theres no denying. it didnt happen. so if it doesnt say that i dont care u cant say that i said i dont care then say that i must care because….

    there being an indictment doesnt mean it was me. u can show all the info u want about someone being charged etc etc. but that wont mean the person u are talking about is me. i gave up trying to deal with u and your harassment because i couldnt get thru to u. thats why they stopped.

    By darth on May 11, 2015

  60. glen just stop it will you…!

    you’re a parasite clown con boy…

    it is much better easier to just say yes I did it…that was me I’m glen & I lie…

    that would go a lot further & you would be more credible than lying & bullshitting your way thru every endeavor of life…

    besides we know you’re right…who would want to date this…?

    By Jerry's Finger on May 11, 2015

  61. Darth old buddy, it WAS you and the lady you hid behind in Ohio when you were caught. You could stop lying but its a habit with you.

    I know the Ohio Frohman was you because you were on AOL at the time under your various Darth aliases when a certain government person contacted me about you. You pled guilty to two counts and servedcsome time in thevfeferal prison in NY.

    As for you not using aliases, boy do I know that one is a lie. Or how you conned certain people to do your dirty work on me and a few others.

    And your “music store”? Well, gee, it closed, such as it was, when you abandoned your wife and baby and becameca deadbeat daddy. Then again, being a street seller of bootlegs and being a small time paparazzi of celebs in NYC doesn’t sound as good as ” ownijg” two stores, dies it?

    By Moe on Jul 24, 2016

  62. ah yes, the good old days when only one troll was here…

    By barth on Jul 24, 2016

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