CLASSIC CLAPTON World’s Number 1 Eric Clapton tribute Band. Mike hall is a front man who not only looks like Eric, he sings and plays the guitar like him too!
Formed in 1985 in Newcastle upon Tyne long before the term “tribute band” was invented, and originally 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.
Mike has met Slowhand twice, and even received a message of encouragement from the guitar maestro (written on a Concorde menu).
TYNE TEES TELEVISION was 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 was 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 February 2001, the band was asked to perform at Clapton’s Fan Club Convention in London. In July 2001 Guitarist Magazine featured an article about the band.
The band has headlined international music festivals in Estonia and at the prestigious Sotogrande Blues Festival in Spain
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.
In 2015 CLASSIC CLAPTON travelled 5,000 miles to perform 3 Shows for Neil Drover in Mumbai and Puni. This trip was the experience of a lifetime and was made even more special by the hospitality shown to us by the Indian people.
CLASSIC CLAPTON has performed three times at the world famous Cavern Club the birth-place of The Beatles.
The band comprises 4 excellent musicians:- Mike Hall (lead vocals/guitar), Paul Warren (keyboards/backing vocals), Danny Davison (drums) and Dave Robson (bass guitar/backing vocals). Dave previously played in CLASSIC CLAPTON between 1995 – 2002. He is also a former member of chart band Geordie. In fact he was with them at the time Brian Johnson left to join AC/DC. Mike, Dave & Danny are all original members of CLASSIC CLAPTON. Paul joined in 2007.
If fans want to hear all of Eric Clapton’s hits played live, they should attend a CLASSIC CLAPTON concert. They perform authentic versions of all the popular Clapton Classics including Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, I Shot The Sheriff, Lay Down Sally, Sunshine of Your Love, Cocaine and of course Layla! There will even be an “UNPLUGGED” segment.
You Look Wonderful Tonight