Gig: Classic Clapton – The Municipal Hall, Colne: 15.11.11

Posted on: Saturday, Nov 9, 2013

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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 Colne in November after a gap of eight and a half years.

This will be the band’s second visit to Colne.  They performed a very successful concert here in 2005.  Fans are advised to book early for their next appearance.

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

The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented and named themselves ”After Midnight” after Eric Clapton’s first solo hit.  Their ability to re-create Clapton’s electrifying stage performances, really caught the audience’s imagination. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, the band possesses 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, London.  Mike has met ‘Slowhand’ twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

TYNE TEES TELEVISION were so impressed, they made a programme about the band, called ‘COVER THEIR TRACKS’.  It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition. Last year Mike was filmed b Japanese TV for a documentary about ‘Slowhand’s’ classic song Layla. The programme was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan in January 2013.

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 throughout the UK and Europe including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall, London and a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 2002.  In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia and Holland. In 2009 they appeared at St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for one gig, but it was a great experience.

In the past 28 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).  Since their last appearance in 2005 they have been re-joined by 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. Dave & Danny were both original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON.

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 2004 they released their third album “CLASSIC CREAM” –featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup.  All three albums will be available at Colne.

Eric Clapton’s 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, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.

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Friday, 15th November at 8.30pm.  Doors open 7.30pm.  Tickets priced £10 advance (£12 on the door) are available from the box office – Tel: 01282 661234.  Visit the venue’s website:-

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