Top tribute to Slowhand to play

Mike Hall, of Classic Clapton.
Mike Hall, of Classic Clapton.

The world’s number-one Eric Clapton tribute band will be playing their debut gig at the Alnwick Playhouse later this month.

The group, who perform on Easter Saturday, April 19, will be playing nearly two hours of Clapton hits, including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Cocaine, Lay Down Sally and Layla, as well as an unplugged session.

The band was formed in Newcastle in 1985 and named themselves After Midnight in honour of Eric Clapton’s first solo hit, a song written by legendary American songwriter JJ Cale who died last July.

In the past 28 years, After Midnight has become one of the best-loved bands in the North East.

In guitarist/vocalist Mike Hall, they have a frontman who not only looks like Eric, but sings and plays guitar like him too.

In 1999, Mike won a national look-alike competition held at Madame Tussauds in London.

Mike has met Slowhand twice and even received a personal message from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).

In 2001, After Midnight embarked on an extensive tour of UK theatres. The band called the tribute show Classic Clapton.

Since then, they have continued to perform throughout the UK and Europe, including concerts at The Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival.

Classic Clapton is at the Alnwick Playhouse on Saturday, April 19, at 7.30pm.

Tickets, £14, £15 premier, £12.50 conc, are available from the Playhouse box office on 01665 510785 or online.

l The Gazette has teamed up with the group to offer readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show. To enter, buy a copy of this week’s Gazette and see Page 53.