Screened as part of the 2015 & 2016 Fugard Bioscope World Arts Season.
Eric Clapton: Live at the Royal Albert Hall captures a momentous night for legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. A celebration of the artist’s 70th year and a fine toast to his close relationship with the Royal Albert Hall itself. Eric Clapton is the first artist to play over 200 performances at this classic venue.
As Clapton guides the audience through his extensive set list, the show builds from an intimate start, reminiscent of a smoky blues club setting, to the epic finale of the massive tracks ‘Crossroads’ and ‘Cocaine’. Clapton and his band bring the audience to their feet as they fill the iconic Royal Albert Hall with sound.
Marking Clapton’s 50 years at the top of the music business, the film captures a night to remember. At this outstanding performance, recorded on 21 May 2015, Clapton is backed by the equally renowned musicians Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Chris Stainton, Andy Fairweather Low and Nathan East. Clapton delivers a career-defining playlist that includes ‘Layla’, ‘I Shot the Sherriff’, ‘Tears in Heaven’, ‘Wonderful Tonight’ and many more. From the Mississippi blues of Robert Johnson that inspired him to play guitar through Cream, Derek & The Dominos and his long solo career, all aspects of Clapton’s musical journey are included.
Cinema viewers will also enjoy an exclusive featurette presented by Paul Gambaccini which includes interviews with Paul Carrack, Andy Fairweather Low, Hugh Fielder and Paul Sexton. The featurette gives an insight into Eric Clapton as a performer and helps explain why The Royal Albert Hall has held such a special place in his heart for so many years.