Updated Feb 2013
CLASSIC CLAPTON (formerly AFTER MIDNIGHT)
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 by the band that 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 on 3rd January 2013.
In 2001 they embarked on their first extensive tour of UK Theatres. They called the tribute show "CLASSIC CLAPTON". Since then, they have continued to perform throughout the UK & Ireland including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall, London and a triumphant appearance at Glastonbury Festival in 2002. In the past few years they have performed numerous concerts in Europe including Spain, Estonia and Holland. In 2009 they appeared at St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai. A 10,000 mile round-trip for 1 gig, but it was a great experience.
In the past 27 years CLASSIC CLAPTON have become something of a rock institution.
CLASSIC CLAPTON comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar) & Paul Warren (keyboards/ backing vocals). They have been re-joined by Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar /backing vocals). Dave is a former member of chart band Geordie. In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC. Dave & Danny were both original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON.
CLASSIC CLAPTON have released three albums. Firstly "THE MUSIC OF ERIC CLAPTON" contains brilliant cover-versions of 17 Clapton Classics. Their second is a live double CD ''CLASSIC CLAPTON Unplugged'' recorded at Belfast Waterfront Hall. In 2005 they released their third album "CLASSIC CREAM" 51; featuring 20 songs made famous by the sixties supergroup. All three albums are still available.
Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960's, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of The Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist). Eric recently announced the release of his first studio album since 2010. The record entitled "Old Sock" is a collection of some of Clapton's favourite songs throughout his life and long career. The official release date for the record is March 12.
EC's recent tours unfortunately have visited only a limited number of large UK arenas. If fans want to hear all of his hits performed in more intimate surroundings, they really should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert. "Slowhand" has been responsible for some of the most memorable guitar riffs in music history and every single one will be heard once more. The whole of Clapton's illustrious career will be covered including Cream, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominos and the solo years.
Please visit the band's web-site:- www.classic-clapton.com