John Murray on Mike Hall who looks and sounds like Eric Clapton
I spoke to Mike Hall this week who keeps getting mistaken for Eric Clapton – even a cab driver in London shouted ‘Hello Eric’ at one stage.
All this helps though as Mike has made a living out of ‘being’ Eric from all aspects of his career.
So his shows will feature music from John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes and of course a formidable solo career.
Yet he told me his most popular section of the show is the unplugged set which features the melodic side like Tears In Heaven and the acoustic version of Layla.
After listening to Mike’s albums with his band After Midnight he brings the ultimate Slowhand show to the stage with hits like I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Wonderful Tonight and my favourites from the Cream years Badge and Sunshine Of Your Love.
His shows have taken him all over the world too including a single set in Mumbai at the St Andrews Auditorium with a 10,000 mile round trip.
Now with Eric celebrating 50 years in the business the Classic Clapton show comes to Rothes Halls this Saturday.
A huge anniversary too must be 40 years since Abba conquered Eurovision and then the world when they unleashed Waterloo.
So as the anniversary approaches a deluxe edition of the Waterloo album will be released with eight bonus tracks including multi lingual versions of the single and a DVD of rare visual material.
The original album had the US single Ring Ring too and this has been added for the first time.
On DVD there are three rare performances of Waterloo from Top Of The Pops as well as preview performances and of course the triumphant Eurovision performance and subsequent interview from 1974.