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.
For the 20th instalment of my BOOTLEG SERIES I return to one of my favourite bands of all time, Cream, a band who have been the focus of four previous instalments in this series. This show at New Haven Arena in New Havan, CT from the 11th October 1968 is one of the farewell shows the band played on their last tour of the United States and unlike many recordings from this tour, the band appear to be just getting through the show. That said there are countless great moments on each song and they’re enjoyable to listen to.
Stevie Ray Vaughan was a one of a kind, a blues king for a new generation of blues lovers around the world. Even though he passed away 26 years ago in 1990 we’re blessed to still have his studio albums, live albums and the countless bootlegs from so many shows he played during his career. Live bootlegs for someone as great as Stevie Ray Vaughan are essential listening, and this one recorded at Chicago Blues Festival in 1985 is no different.
Wednesday the 16th May 1956 saw the one man hurricane Elvis Presley grace the stage at the Robinson Auditorium in Little Rock, Arkansas. It wasn’t the first time that Elvis had played the venue with his band but from this particular performance we’re extremely blessed to have a great recording to listen back to, especially one with such good quality given the amount of time that has passed since the show itself.
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.
When you think of venues The Allman Brothers Band played at during the Duane era there are two that spring instantly to mind. The first, Fillmore East in New York City. The At Fillmore East live album is proof of the fantastic music the band played there and many more bootlegs from other shows at the venue back that up as well. But the second venue was The Warehouse in New Orleans, Louisiana. The shows The Allman Brothers Band played at The Warehouse are considered by many, including band members, as some of the best shows they ever played. Between March 13th 1970 and Duane’s death on the 29th October 1971, the Allman Brothers played at the Warehouse a total of ten times with a further four shows played after his passing.