Hundreds of fans from all ages went wild with involving rock and blues, as Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood went on stage at the Royal Albert Hall last Wednesday.
After 9 nights of solo concerts at the Hall to present his 19th solo album – simply called ‘Clapton’ – Eric Clapton has reunited with former Blind Faith companion Steve Winwood for three special concerts. No doubts, it was an intriguing appointment for rock lovers’.
At 7 pm the line outside entrance number 6 was long and full of excited and well-dressed people, half of which were bringing chips and drinks to snack once they’d get inside. No business for ticket-sellers: everybody had already booked their place.
In such spectacular venue and after the success of the precedent shows, it wasn’t easy to keep up with the high expectations of the public. But that didn’t seem to be a problem.
The supporting band Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders prepared the audience with 45 minutes of humour and involving songs – including Amen Corner’s ‘If paradise is such as nice’ – and finally the two ‘big’ took the stage.
Black t-shirt with green necklace, red shoes and messy hair for Eric and white large shirt and jeans for the more sober Steve. “Love you Eric,” shouted a woman while the atmosphere went lower and the round light pointed the stage.
Old fashioned former theatre with red interiors, Victorian decorations and statues all around: it’s the spectacular venue of the Koko club in Camden, London. As the old seats have been removed, there’s a lot of space to dance and move around the hall, and also an area with sofas for more relaxed outputs. The club allows only people under 18 in and is open from 5 to 11 p.m. during weekdays, unless there is a concert, and until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Very easy to reach, Koko is located a few footsteps from the Mornington Crescent tube station and the area is very well served by nightbuses.
I went there with a group of friends around midnight a few weeks ago on Friday and we didn’t wait much to get in, not outside, neither at the glass counter, where we paid £7. Although, there was a long line for the wardrobe: probably the two girls at the desk were getting confused by their unfunctional and slow duty of asking everyone £2 and their initials to sign the clothes.