The first concert I attended

Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton - Roosevelt Stadium - Jersey City, NJ 7.7.74.

Cream was one of my most favorite bands and when I found out Clapton was touring again, I jumped at the chance to get tickets.

I went with some older kids from my neighborhood in a '69 blue metal flake Chevelle SS. We got there early and made it all the way up front. Spent the day in the hot sun before Clapton finally came on. I don’t remember much from the show, I was high as a kite, but I do remember Freddie King coming on and sitting in for “Have You Ever Loved A Woman”

Getting home was almost a disaster for me. I got separated from my ride and was lost after the show. Asked a cop how to get back to Brooklyn… he looked at me like I was crazy and told me to take a PATH train from “Journal Square” and pointed in the direction I needed to go.

I was walking the dark deserted streets of Jersey City when a car pulled up next to me, holy crap,,, but it was a family, who asked me what I was doing there. I told them I was lost and needed to get to Journal Square. They drove me to a main thoroughfare and told me the bus would take me to Journal Square. Finally I got to Journal Square and had to sneak through the turnstile cause I had no money. I made it to Manhattan where I took familiar trains back to Canarsie. When I got home my parents were flipped out, where the heck were you !?!

A few weeks later, I went to the Dead show there, but that's another story.

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Here’s the set list:

  1. Smile 
  2. Let It Grow 
  3. Let It Rain 
  4. Band Introductions 
  5. Key To The Highway 
  6. Willie And The Hand Jive 
  7. Get Ready 
  8. Presence Of The Lord 
  9. Badge 
  10. Tell The Truth 
  11. Have You Ever Loved A Woman* 
  12. Little Queenie 

* Freddie King guitar, vocals

Eric Clapton Concert at Roosevelt Stadium

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