Went to see E.C. last night in Vancouver, opening night of his North American tour. Great show, very professional, started on time, every note done with precision. Opened with Los Lobos who I really haven't heard much from since the mid-eighties, but presented the only tele sighting all night.. a Bigsby tele, no less. Good set, short and satisfying. They wrapped up with a La Bamba medley, predictably. Clapton came on very shortly after and got right into it with no chatter except a shout out to his sister and his river fishing buddies. Thought maybe there would be a couple words about Harrison's birthday. Same lineup, gear, and set list apparently as the Bangkok show. Only difference is I could swear he spent most of the strat time in the neck position. I found the tone a little clucky, almost Knopfler style. Not really bad, just not what I expected from recordings and video. When he switched to the Gibson for a few songs, man was that some sweet sound. Traded some solos with his keyboard players but other than that he handled the guitar work very well by himself. Obviously not a guy who's flustered if there's not a second guitarist. I haven't been fortunate enough to see him live over the years, all I can say if thats a player in his decline, he's still got more chops and can pull them off more smoothly than anyone I've seen, except for maybe Buddy Guy. Well done, entertaining and I definitely got my money's worth.