CLASSIC CLAPTON at Alnwick Playhouse

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CLASSIC CLAPTON the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be appearing at a venue near you soon!    The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented, and...

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CLASSIC CLAPTON the World's No1 Eric Clapton Tribute Band featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to Alnwick in April as part of their 30th Anniversary Tour.  

The band will be performing at Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick on Friday 29 April.  Doors open at 7pm.  Band on stage at 7.30pm.  Tickets priced £16 premiere, £15 standard (concession £1 off) are available from the box office – Tel: 01665 510785.  More information available at:-   This will be their second appearance at Alnwick Playhouse, Their first appearance in 2014 quickly sold out.  Fans are therefore advised to book early for this show.  

They will perform all of EC's classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally and of course Layla!  There will even be an “UNPLUGGED” segment.    NEARLY 2 HOURS OF CLASSIC CLAPTON

The band was formed in Newcastle in 1985 long before the term “tribute band” was invented and named themselves ''After Midnight'' after EC’s first solo hit, a song written by legendary American song-writer JJ Cale. In the past 30 years After Midnight have become one of the best-loved bands in the north east.  

In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!  In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madam Tussauds in London.  Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a personal message from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).  

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed, they made a programme about them, called 'COVER THEIR TRACKS'.  It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.   In 2001 they embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres.  They called the tribute show "CLASSIC CLAPTON".  Since then, they have continued to perform all over the UK & Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival.  In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia, Holland and France.  In 2009 they appeared for the first time in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for one gig but it was a great experience.  They were honoured to be invited back for 3 more concerts in India in January this year. This included a show in the city of Pune and 2 more shows in Mumbai, On the final night of the tour on Sunday 17 January 2016 Classic Clapton performed in front of 3500 people in the open air sports arena known as Willingdon Catholic Gymkhana. You can see a photo album plus videos from the 2016 Indian tour on our Facebook page:-  

In the past 30 years CLASSIC CLAPTON have become something of a rock institution.    CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4 excellent musicians:-  Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals), Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals).  Dave is a former member of chart band Geordie.  In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC.  Mike, Dave & Danny are all original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON. Paul joined in 2007.  

CLASSIC CLAPTON have released three albums.  Firstly “THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON” contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics.  Their second is a live double CD ''CLASSIC CLAPTON Unplugged''  recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall.  In 2005 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” – featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup.  All three albums will be available at Alnwick Playhouse.  

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.  He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist).  

Eric reached the milestone age of 70 in March 2015.  He has just announced that he will be releasing a new studio album in May 2016 entitled “I Still Do”.  His recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK arenas.  If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert.  The whole of Clapton's illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Blind Faith, The Yardbirds, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.     

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Alnwick Playhouse, Bondgate Without, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1PN