January 17, 2010 – 4:02 am

We do not recall a mainstream rocker who made a complete tour fueled by alcohol. George Jones is a country star.

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“Bottle Rocking” [3BR #7474, 2CD]

Live at St. John Arena, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, July 4, 1974. Excellent soundboard stereo. Fantastic sound and equally unique performance. The exact venue is unknown.

We have shared Eric Clapton’s 1974 Tour before. It’s the only one where practically every show was recorded for a live album that never was. This is our newest addition from this tour which was shared in September last year by the very generous Clapton collector, Geetarz.

Geetarz Comments:

“This is it, the ultimate version of… well, one of the more interesting Clapton concerts!

“It’s quite simple really. Instead of the usual 47th generation analog copy, you begin by sourcing a digital clone of the master reel-to-reel recording. Then, you turn the thing over to an audio genius and let him do his stuff. And what you get, is a fascinating document of a time, a place, a feeling.

“It’s like this - ‘drunk Eric’ shows generally fall into two categories: they’re either horrid, or fun, but rarely anything else. But this one is unusual. Clapton’s lubricated enough so that he’s flip, he’s funny, he’s relaxed - but at times, he simply CHANNELS into his guitar playing in a way you won’t find elsewhere. He’s so looped and at the same time, so dead ON, it’s scary.

“The standout track here is a surreal performance of ‘Little Wing’ that easily stands up to any rendition. If you only want to have one recording from the ‘74 tour, this would be it. Recommended.”

As a bonus Geetarz gives a sampling of Clapton’s onstage monolog between songs:

“We’re In Tune!”

(introducing ‘Smile’) “This is a song written by Charlie Chaplin - and it that ain’t good enough for you… it’s good enough for me”

“This is from me new album… it ain’t that expensive”

“I belong to Glasgow”

“This is me band… and if they aren’t good enough for you…” (Eric seemed to like that phrase a lot) “…I’ll FIRE THE LOT OF THEM!”

“How come he gets all the fucking birds?”

(introducing the band) “and my name is… ROBERT JOHNSON.”

This was shared by Geetarz and Cody the Codependent Husky at the Dime site. You can join him at his site:

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 320 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Easy Now (10.1MB)
Track 102. Smile (9.2MB)
Track 103. Let it Grow (14.5MB)
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Track 104. Can’t Find My Way Home (Yvonne Elliman) / band intro (24.5MB)
Track 105. Key to the Highway (20.8MB)
Track 106. Willie and the Hand Jive (duet w Yvonne Elliman) / Get Ready (35.2MB)
Track 107. Little Wing (17.5MB)
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Disc 2
Track 201. Mainline Florida (26.3MB)
Track 202. Layla (14.1MB)
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Track 203. Presence of the Lord (25.6MB)
Track 204. Badge (11.0MB)
Track 205. Little Queenie (19.3MB)
Track 206. Crossroads (14.1MB)
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Eric Clapton - Guitar, Vocals
Jamie Oldaker - Drums
Dick Sims - Keyboards
Carl Radle - Bass
George Terry - Guitar
Yvonne Elliman - Backing Vocals

You can read our previous comments of this tour below.

Eric Clapton’s show a couple of days later on July 7 is equally sloshed.

Here are two shows on June 30 and much later on Sept 29 where Clapton remains under the bottle’s influence.

The album that sanitized the ‘74 tour was E.C. Was Here which was a compilation of tracks from the tour in the following year when Clapton had sobered. Click on the link to buy E.C. Was Here.

  1. 18 Responses to “INEBRIATED”

  2. Thanks for posting this great show . Can’t wait for disc2

    By Rob on Jan 17, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i’m playing disc 1 now. he still played pretty good for being drunk. i don’t know how anybody can do that. zakk wylde and dimebag could do it.

    i got all of saitama show with beck too!


    By Ed Saad on Jan 17, 2010

  4. Many thanks for this 320kbps version. In my humble opinion EC played some of his greatest music during the mid seventies brandy or no brandy!

    By MikeyBoy on Jan 17, 2010

  5. I can never get enuff good live EC!!
    Thanks BigO!!

    By Hulkzilla on Jan 18, 2010

  6. According to a posting on a forum at, the show was at St. John Arena, Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio.


    By tim on Jan 18, 2010

  7. sounds good to me, tim! i’ll put that. thanks! guitar forum is where i found out the correct venue on free santa monica show. i got a few good boots from there. tom waits bham, al 7.3.08. i was there!


    By Ed Saad on Jan 18, 2010

  8. hey bigo, i found this. tim is correct.

    i played it walking and i’m still playing rainbow osaka 78 i got from here maybe in aug. it’s a good one.


    By Ed Saad on Jan 18, 2010

  9. What a great, if somewhat “druken master”, show. It was held at St. John Arena, the basketball home of the Ohio State Buckeyes. I was there! He actually opened the show with some acoustic blues riffing which archivists say was “San Francisco Bay Blues”. I was just to the left of EC about 10 rows back. He was smashed! That was OK though because my friends and I were too! We also saw the show 2 nights before in Chicago. Hey, GOD was back on stage. We had to be there!

    By Johnny Kinkdom on Jan 19, 2010

  10. Thanks to Tim and Johnny Kinkdom for identifying the venue. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Jan 19, 2010

  11. FWIW, the Eric Clapton Bootography site refers to the venue for this show as “Music Park” in Columbus and notes the first song of the evening was San Francisco Bay Blues, but the song was “distorted” on the recording. Thats probably why its not circulating now.

    By mike on Jan 19, 2010

  12. Thanks for sharing this very interesting show. Not to shabby for being drunk

    By Matt on Jan 29, 2010

  13. This show is NOT the OSU July 3,1974 show. They played the next day JULY 4th in Pittsburg at 3 Rivers stadium.

    At the OSU shows George Terry played slide guitar. In the 2nd show he did the DWAYNE Allman slide part to LAYLA, he also did Ronnie Wood’s solo not for note on Little Wing. Little Wing was done like it was on the Rainbow Concert. It was awesome. he also did Tell The Truth. He did 5 acoistic songs to open the 2nd show. Also HAVE YOU EVER LOVED A WOMAN, BlUES POWER. I saw both shows that day at St. John’s Arena. The first show ended because of fireworks. Someone threw a cherry bomb on stage as Clapton was starting LAYLA. He walked to the mike and said “SEE YA” then turned and walked into his speakers. He was pretty lit up drinking lots of Hineken. The second show was just unreal. George Terry pushed Clapton out of his funk and made him “PLAY like he knew how”. Never forget either show. Right before starting LITTLE WING Clapton walked to the mike and said “This one’s for a friend”.

    By THE BLUESDOCTOR on Mar 7, 2011

  14. Bluesdoctor - you are not correct. EC played St. Johns Arena in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, July 4, 1974. I still have my ticket stub. If I could upload to this site, I would. Amazing - the ticket price was $7.50!

    By Laura on Jul 8, 2012

  15. hey laura,

    I stand corrected on the date. I was at both show at OSU and the next day in Pittsburg at 3 Rivers Stadium. But my discription of both shows is 100% correct.

    By THE BLUESDOCTOR on Apr 29, 2013

  16. Can you check the links? Many 404 and other errors. I’d really like to dl this. Many thanks for all your work!!

    By Mike on May 12, 2020

  17. Mike, sadly the only song from that concert available on YouTube is Little Wing. YouTube blocked the rest of the concert, Pity, it sounds like it was good.

    By ScarRad on May 12, 2020

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