Clapton’s big 70th bash at Cineworld Music

Slowhand at his peak in the late 1980s - he can still shred on guitar
Slowhand at his peak in the late 1980s - he can still shred on guitar

Cineworld has added another string to its bow by showing Eric Clapton’s 70th birthday concert live and loud on Monday night.

For those who missed the series of seven gigs at the guitarist’s home away from home The Royal Albert Hall back in May this is the perfect chance to catch a close-up look at the master of the Stratocaster in action as he lights up the flicks with some fiery fretwork.

Clapton, who has been a professional musician for over half-a-century, marked the dawn of his eighth decade with a set of classics he has played at various times throughout his long career.

Backed by a cracking band of Clapton regulars, including Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Chris Stainton, Nathan East and Andy Fairweather-Low, that would help make George Formby sound like Joe Bonamassa, Clapton – as usual – lets his guitar do the talking on tracks like Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff and lots more.

Old Slowhand still cannot engage with an audience but he can still damn well engage with an electric guitar.

The cinematic gig of the year starts at 7pm.

Visit www.cineworld.co.uk for tickets.