Cream of Clapton

    Cream of Clapton
    19 Jul 08:00 PM
    Until 19 Jul, 11:30 PM 3h 30m

    Cream of Clapton

    place The Wellmont Theater 5 Seymour St, Montclair, NJ 07042 expand_more
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    Get ready to savor the best of Eric Clapton's legendary career with Cream of Clapton at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ on Friday, July 19 at 8:00 PM. This tribute band faithfully captures the essence of Clapton's music, from his bluesy roots with Cream to his iconic solo hits. Fans can expect to hear classics like "Layla," "Wonderful Tonight," and "Tears in Heaven" performed with skill and passion.

    36260-24.jpgWhether you're a die-hard Clapton fan or simply love great music, this is an evening not to be missed. Join fellow enthusiasts for a celebration of one of rock's greatest guitarists at one of Montclair's premier music venues.


    Firmly establishing themselves as the ‘New Gen,’ go to band, celebrating the musical legacy
    of a legendary musician, The Cream Of Clapton Band continue to bring together family,
    friends and now bandmates, with indelible ties to the man and his music.

    In 2024, founding members Will Johns (Clapton’s nephew) and Noah East (son of Nathan
    East, Clapton’s bass player for over 4 decades) will not only present ’24 Nights Revisited’
    paying homage to the record breaking concerts in 1991 at The Royal Albert Hall, but will do
    so with the mastery and insight of Clapton’s drummer from that era, Steve Ferrone:

    “It’s been a while since I’ve played this music, but with my great friends and ex.bandmates,
    Nathan East and Greg Phillinganes, we were invited to sit in with the band for a few songs
    at The Balboa Theatre in San Diego on their recent tour.
    We had a blast and next thing I know I’m asked if I’d like to take up drumming duties!
    I checked with Eric and he was happy, so I felt I couldn’t say no! I love playing the music and
    this band, with some great young players, has huge potential.
    It’s in our DNA and blood and the mix of ‘new gen’ and those of us that have been doing this
    for a while, makes it exciting and quite unique. I’m looking forward to it immensely”

    Known for exceptional grooves and wicked sense of humour, in addition to his six-year
    tenure with Eric Clapton, which included touring and recordings on Journeyman, 24 Nights
    and Eric’s best-selling album, Unplugged, Steve joined Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers in
    1994 through to Tom’s untimely passing in 2017. He has also played with a myriad of top
    artists and musicians during a career spanning ‘at least’ five decades, including the Average
    White Band, Anita Baker, Bee Gees, George Benson, Johnny Cash, Tracy Chapman, Duran
    Duran, Bryan Ferry, Climie Fisher, Peter Frampton, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan,
    Christine McVie, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller.

    Given the successful 2023 reissue of the Royal Albert Hall concerts, dubbed ‘The Definitive
    24-Nights’ and heavily influenced by the original foursome of Eric Clapton, Nathan East,
    Greg Phillinganes and either Steve Ferrone or Phil Collins on drums, this next generation of
    musicians believe it’s the perfect time to celebrate this historic and popular period of an
    extraordianry career.

    “Of course, we’re playing classics like Cocaine, Sunshine of Your Love, Badge and Layla”
    says Will Johns. “But there are many great songs that haven’t been performed for some
    time from the Gold and Platinum selling albums Behind the Sun, August and Journeyman,
    such as Bad Love, Tearing Us Apart, Holy Mother and Run, all of which led to Eric’s record
    breaking 24-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall.”

    Johns is British icon Pattie (‘Layla’) Boyd’s nephew and got to know his “Uncle Eric” as a
    boy, which included an introduction to his two lifelong loves: fishing and the guitar. His father is the late, great, Andy Johns, legendary record producer and engineer for the likes of Led
    Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

    23 year old Noah East has played the piano from four years of age and listened to his father
    play with Clapton since he can remember:

    “Our goal is to do justice to this incredible body of work and, blessed as we are, with the
    support not only of Eric and my Father, but many members of Eric’s band past and present,
    we have the confidence to interpret these songs in our own way, which is so exciting.

    With the addition of Steve Ferrone in the band, his musicality, his wisdom, his presence, this
    takes things to a whole new level. It’s going to be amazing”

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