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Montreal marked the 10th time I have seen Eric Clapton. I caught him twice in 1984 with Rogers Waters, three times in 1985 twice on The Behind The Sun tour and up close and personal at Live Aid in Philly, Clapton in Montrealtwice on the From The Cradle Tour (dressed in white workmen’s’ pants and white t-shirt EC steps to the mike at the start of the From The Cradle shows and says,” there will be no pop tonight”.) 1 show in 2006 at The Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Tuesday May 27th 2008 was number 9 in Toronto at The Molson Amphitheatre and the next night in Montreal, number 10.

Total round trip was 1134.4KM from my driveway to the Bell Centre. I had a center floor row B seat. Beautiful!!

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This is the first of two Eric Clapton shows I am lucky enough to have seen on this short 2008 summer tour. If I hadn’t thought about going to Montreal before the Toronto show there would have been no way I would of missed Montreal after witnessing the workout the painted silver stone strat got Tuesday night. Man it may have been a cold day in May even by southern Ontario standards but the blues were red hot and Eric Clapton and the band were on fire.

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P1020398 Great backdrop tribute I must say. That’s Art! The first two songs of Classic Albums Live’s Led Zeppelin IV were a warm up for myself and friends as we all settled into Black Dog and some good ole Rock and Roll.

Battle of Evermore by Led Zeppelin is a song that I always look forward to. One version that stands out by the band themselves was from the Page-Plant Unledded back in the early 90’s. It is nothing short of magic. Speaking of “Magic” lets settle into the “Battle Of Evermore”. This is where Leslea and Nick’s vocals started shining the hearts of the Phoenix. This song was trying so hard to land above the Stellar personal favourite performed in 2005’s Houses of The Holy encore set… . Again the dual vocals including Leslea’s Spiritual Swagger on this song was a highpoint and made me pay even more attention to the two of them both as the set rambled on.

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