Jul 9, 2018
Day 3 - Eric Clapton Round Up!
Day three at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park saw Eric Clapton deliver a timeless performance and the perfect end to a sold-out first week at Hyde Park.
See the day three galler here.
The legendary rock and blues guitarist and singer-songwriter from Surrey walked onto the Great Oak Stage for his first Hyde Park performance in 10 years and uttered the three words that has been echoing throughout England lately: “It’s coming home”.
The three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee wasted no time, delighting generations of Clapton fans donning tour t-shirts with ‘Somebody’s Knocking’ complete with his full-bodied, much-famed guitar solos before hitting a hearty rendition of the blues classic ‘I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man’.
Clapton was seated to deliver his biggest hits ‘Layla’ and ‘Tears in Heaven’, and showed his fighting-best vocals for ‘Got To Get Better In A Little While’ and the Cream hit ‘Crossroads’.
In ‘Lay Down Sally’ and ‘The Core’ from 1977’s Slowhand - one of Clapton’s most critically successful albums - he brought out Marcy Levy (Shakespeare’s Sister) who co-wrote the songs with him. For the grand encore, Clapton brought out Carlos Santana for ‘High Time We Went’ with Paul Carrack on vocals.
Earlier, Santana made it impossible for the crowd to stand still with his rhythmic, musically sumptuous set. Carlos Santana called out, “I know it has been a long day in the sun but now is the time to go Santana bananas!”
Opening with visuals of Woodstock soundtracked by ‘Soul Sacrifice’, the award-winning musician brought a flavoursome set weaving blues-rock, jazz fusion and Latin and African percussion rhythms. Much loved classics like ‘Oye Como Va’ and ‘Maria Maria’ sent the crowd into a frenzy, while ‘Smooth’ still reigns as Santana’s most iconic hit, sounding every bit as delectable since it first hit the airwaves 19 years ago.
Steve Winwood made his monumental return to Hyde Park for the first time in 49 years. The last time he performed here was in 1969 as part of Blind Faith - Winwood’s blues-rock band with Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Ric Grech.
Performing with a full band, including a saxophonist and flautist, he alternated between the organ and guitar in a set filled with songs from his bands: Blind Faith (‘Can’t Find My Way Home’), Traffic (‘Pearly Queen’) and Spencer Davis Group (‘I’m A Man’).
Acclaimed blues-rock and soul musician Gary Clark Jr. brought the vibe of a smoky blues nightclub to the Great Oak Stage. His muscly set, mingled by his rendition of Muddy Waters’ ‘Catfish Blues’ and high-energy electrifying rock songs and slow burning ballads, gave him a chance to shred. In these guitar solos, the Grammy-winning artist lost himself into a trance-like state with his eyes rolled back, conjuring the spirit of Hendrix in front of a spellbound Hyde Park crowd.
Lukas Nelson & Promise of The Real opened the Great Oak Stage. With the sun high and gentle breeze carrying their roots-rock songs across the green park, there really could not have been a more perfect scene-setter for a day of incredible live music.
Elsewhere, the Barclaycard Stage hosted a string of crowd-pleasing artists including English national treasures Chas & Dave who came on stage to a rapturous applause before swiftly leading the audience into big sing-alongs for ‘Gertcha’, ‘London Girls’ and ‘Margate’. Folk-Americana band The Wandering Hearts served up honeyed harmonies on tunes from their debut album “Wild Science” and Italian singer-songwriter Zucherro and country soul heartthrob Ryan Kinder wooed a captivated Barclaycard Stage crowd.
Plenty of music lovers were happy to seek refuge from the heat under the lush oak trees in Hyde Park near the Summer Stage where a host of country and folk musicians played. Roots rockers The Americans, Nashville breakout stars Eric Paslay and Kelly McGrath, and London-based folk duo Ferris & Sylvester gave stellar performances to a receptive crowd that clapped, cheered and swayed along to their new music discoveries.
Photos by Pooneh Ghana, Rory James and Tom Hancock.