Recently I had the huge pleasure of interviewing Bobby Whitlock, one quarter of the legendary Derek and the Dominos, on his soon to be released new studio album Tornillo and upcoming tour. I interviewed Bobby for the first time back in 2012 and have spoken to him multiple times as I complete my biography on Derek and the Dominos, and speaking to him again on his new album and tour was a joy.
As 2016 comes to an end I want to again thank everyone for their constant love and support as I write my biography on Derek and the Dominos. I’m stunned by the amount of people who have been in touch with me this year and as a result the amount of unseen live photos of the band has doubled compared to this time last year. I hope to include as many of them in my book as possible.
The book is closer than ever to being published but more work needs to be done. I’m a person that thrives on things needing to be perfect and I wouldn’t want to release the book early by cutting corners and not making it as good as it deserves to be. I’m pouring everything I have into the book and I’m so excited for everyone to read it. There’s never been a book on Derek and the Dominos as detailed and in-depth as the book I am writing.
Thank you to EVERYONE who follows my Facebook and Twitter pages, thank you for your constant interactions on posts and debates. You’re all amazing and this book is for YOU.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
As a whole I think I tend to listen to more live recordings than I do studio albums, especially from the late 60’s and early 70’s. That period for me is second to none when it comes to live music. The places bands took music, including those listed below, have never been reached since in my opinion. At least not the same extent. So, the following are my top five live albums of all time. Enjoy.
When starting this piece on my top five favourite albums from the 1970’s I didn’t think it would be as difficult as it turned out to be. Three of the albums were a sure lock from the very beginning, the first three you’ll see below, but the last two needed some extra thinking.
As you all know I am writing what will be the most in-depth biography on Derek and the Dominos ever written. It’s going well and every day that passes is a day closer to completion. As well as a biography the book will feature a wealth of information concerning the shows they played as a band, every single one of them, and I’m looking to talk to people who saw them at their shows. Even though I’ve spoken to hundreds and hundreds of people already I’m always looking to talk to more. So:
I’m looking to talk to people who attended the following Derek and the Dominos shows. For many of them I’ve already spoken to people but as with anything, the more the merrier! So if you did, or know anyone who did, please get in touch. Thank you very much and thank you for your ongoing support.
- The Place, Stoke-On-Trent, England // 2nd August
- Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle, England // 7th August
- Speakeasy, London, England // 12th August
- Tofts Club, Folkestone, England // 15th August
- Pavilion, Bournemouth, England // 18th August
- Fairfield Halls, Croydon, England // 20th September
- Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England // 28th September
- Coatham Bowl, Redcar, England // 4th October
- Winter Gardens, Bournemouth, England // 7th October
- Electric Factory, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania // 17th October
- Civic Auditorium, Jacksonville, Florida // 1st November
- University Of Reno, Nevada // 13th November
- Fairgrounds Coliseum, Salt Lake City, Utah // 14th November
- Community Theatre, Berkeley, California // 18th & 19th November
- Allen Theater, Cleveland, Ohio // 29th November
It’s the 6th December 1970 and Derek and the Dominos bring their US tour to a close at the Suffolk Community College in Selden, New York. It would be another 8 months before Eric Clapton would take to the stage again for George Harrison’s Concert For Bangladesh event at Madison Square Garden in New York and in that time the Dominos would come falling down, signalling the end of Clapton’s first musical chapter. It would be another year and a half after the Concert For Bangladesh until he played live again, brought out of a drug fuelled isolation by Pete Townshend of The Who. The result, two comeback concerts on the 13th January 1973 at the Rainbow Theatre in London, England.