NS5765 : God at the Hydro

taken 6 years ago, near to Govan, Glasgow, Great Britain

God at the Hydro
God at the Hydro
Eric Clapton played the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on the 21 June 2014 as the first of two UK concerts on the European leg of his tour. Clapton and his band, which included Andy Fairweather-Low and Paul Carrack, ran through some blues standards and a handful of Clapton's own hits, such as Tears in Heaven and Crossroads. I thoroughly enjoyed the gig although it finished 35 minutes early after technical sound problems on stage which left many fans disappointed. The picture here shows Eric captured on the big screen as he plays an acoustic improvised jam version of Leyla which was worth the ticket price alone for me. I've been waiting all my life to see God and now I have the TShirt and the picture to prove it.

The reference to God may need explanation to those not following Clapton in the 1960's. The phrase “Clapton is God ” originated during Eric Clapton's tenure with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. Eric was a member of the Bluesbreakers from April to late August 1965 and again from November 1965 to July 1966. It was during this time that Eric first rose to prominence in the burgeoning British blues scene.

The phrase was spray painted on a wall in the underground station in Islington in the mid-60s by an admirer of Clapton's guitar playing. Islington is one of the many boroughs of the greater London Area and the phrase then began to appear in other areas of the city. The graffiti was captured in a now-famous photograph and the legend that is Clapton grew.
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Saturday, 21 June, 2014   (more nearby)
Monday, 23 June, 2014
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5706 6539 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6262N 4:17.1236W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5704 6539
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