Eric Clapton started his 40th year of touring Japan Tuesday night at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, where he opened his Japanese tour in 1974. In addition to all the usual suspects, Eric tossed in a few surprises, including "Honest Man," "After Midnight" and "Alabama Woman."
He performs at New Orleans Jazz Fest March 27th and at Oak Mountain in Birmingham April 2nd.
The complete opening night set list: 1. Tell the Truth 2. Key to the Highway 3. Pretending 4. Hoochie Coochie Man 5. Honest Man 6. Wonderful Tonight 7. After Midnight 8. Driftin' 9. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out 10. Alabama Woman 11. Layla 12. Tears in Heaven 13. How Long (w/Paul Carrack on vocals) 14. Before You Accuse Me 15 Little Queen of Spades 16. Crossroads 17. Cocaine Encore: 18. High Time We Went (Paul Carrack on vocals)
Rounding out Clapton's band are Paul Carrack, keyboardist Chris Stainton, the return of his once longtime bassist Nathan East, Steve Gadd on drums, and Michelle John and Sharon White on backing vocals.