Derek and the Dominos Book Update: December 2016

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!

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CLASSIC ALBUM SERIES #9: Peter Green – The End Of The Game

green-peter_new1Released in December 1970, Peter Green’s debut solo album after leaving Fleetwood Mac can be considered a complete mess or a musical masterpiece. On first listen the album appears to be a collection of noises randomly sewn together to form an album but in reality The End Of The Game gives you an insight into Green’s mental state at this point in his life. The result is an explosive yet underrated album that certainly deserves more attention than it receives.

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Did You See Derek And The Dominos At Any Of These Shows?

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.

dominosbook@hotmail.com 

UK (1970)

  • 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

USA (1970)

  • 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

BOOTLEG SERIES #15: Eric Clapton – Frost Amphitheatre, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, USA // 9th August 1975

Eric’s return to to the stage in 1974 saw him free from a certain demon for the first time since his Dominos period but a new demon had taken it’s place in the form of alcohol. As a result, there are a number of bootlegs from shows in 1974 that show Eric at his very worst. Unable to sing in key, unable to play like he once did, it’s one of the saddest things to listen to as a Clapton fan. But there were a number of shows where things came together brilliantly and this show at Frost Amphitheatre at Stanford University on the 9th August 1975 is one of them.

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The Return Of Slowhand: Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concerts

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.

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