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About Classic Clapton

Eric Clapton has been a major international star since the mid 1960s, when he revolutionised electric guitar playing, with his virtuoso performances in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers.

He has won an incredible 19 Grammies and is the only triple inductee into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both The Yardbirds and Cream and also as a solo artist).
The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term "tribute band" was invented, and named themselves ''After Midnight'' after Eric Clapton's first solo hit. Their ability to re-create Clapton's electrifying stage performances, really caught the audience's imagination. In guitar/vocalist Mike Hall, the band possesses a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays guitar like him too!
Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

Tyne Tees Television were so impressed by After Midnight that they made a programme about them, called 'Cover their Tracks'. They filmed the band's concert at Newcastle Opera House, in front of nearly 600 ecstatic fans. It was shown in August 2000 and received rave reviews, leading to national recognition for the band.

In 2001 they embarked on an extensive tour of UK Theatres. When the band started playing outside Newcastle, they had to think of a name for the show which was easily recognisable by people in other regions, who perhaps had not heard EC's hit record "After Midnight".

They called the tribute show "Classic Clapton". The band have toured regularly ever since.
These tours have included many excellent concerts in England, Scotland & Ireland, including 4 superb shows at Belfast's prestigious Waterfront Hall. Other venues to be sold out (some for the third time) include Durham Gala Theatre, St Andrews Byre Theatre, Cumbernauld Theatre, Crawley Hawth Theatre, Cheltenham Town Hall & Derby Assembly Rooms. The band were honoured to appear at The Royal Festival Hall, London on 23 March 2002. Another great highlight for Classic Clapton was an amazing gig at Glastonbury Festival on 29 June 2002.
In July 2004 the band headlined an international music festival in Estonia. This was their first performance in Eastern Europe. The band received a tremendous reception from the Estonian fans and were invited back for another successful concert in April 2007.

They also appeared at the prestigious Sotogrande Blues Festival in Spain in August 2007. This concert such a success that they were invited back to perform in Madrid in January 2008.

The band appeared at The Acoustic Festival of Britain in May 2008. It was a privilege to play on the same stage as Fairport Convention and just before our heroes Jethro Tull.