Unbeknownst to many, two of Eric Claptons biggest hits were actually penned by guitarist JJ Cale: Cocaine and After Midnight. The axe-men have remained close since the early-1970s and recently released a studio album together, The Road To Escondido. Last night Clapton and Cale collaborated once again at San Diegos ipay One Center. During Claptons set with his current touring band—-which includes Derek Trucks—-Slowhand invited Cale out for a number of songs, including Anyway the Wind Blows, Don’t Cry Sister Cry, It’s Easy, Who Am I telling You, and, of course, both Cocaine and After Midnight. The performance was recorded and will likely be released as a DVD.
Earlier in the month Clapton scored a chance to spar with another veteran guitarist. While performing at San Antonio, TXs SBC Center, Clapton brought out Jimmy Vaughan for a version of Cocaine during his encore. Vaughan remained onstage for s show closing version of Crossroads, which also included featured Claptons opening act Robert Cray.