Classic Clapton to rock Arts Centre

Eric Clapton tribute band, ‘Classic Clapton’, featuring front-man Mike Hall will be making a welcome return to Aberdeen this weekend.

This time the Arts Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary and it will also be ten years since Classic Clapton first appeared at the venue!

They will be performing at Aberdeen Arts Centre Theatre, King Street on Saturday, November 23, at 7.30pm.

The band has previously played four very successful concerts there, most recently in 2010.

Tickets priced £15 (concessions £12.50) are available from the box office by calling 01224 641122.

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The band will perform all of EC’s classic songs including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally 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 in 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 them, called ‘Cover Their Tracks’’.

It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition.

Recently Mike was filmed by Japanese TV for a documentary about Slowhand’s classic song Layla. The programme was shown on BS Fuji TV Japan in January 2013.

In the past 28 years Classic Clapton have become something of a rock institution. They have released three albums.