It was 49 years ago tonight (January 3th, 1973) that Eric Clapton performed his legendary comeback concerts at London's Rainbow Theatre. The two concerts were organized by the Who's Pete Townshend in an effort to coax a deeply heroin addicted Clapton back into the spotlight for a pair of shows featuring Clapton, himself, Steve Winwood, Ron Wood, Jimmy Karstein and Traffic’s Jim Capaldi on drums, Blind Faith‘s Ric Grech on bass, and percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah.
Clapton's Rainbow shows featured a cross section of tunes from “Slowhand's” stints in Cream, Blind Faith, Derek & The Dominoes, and his one solo album, 1970's self-titled collection. The star-studded backing band was jokingly announced at the concerts as “The Palpitations.”
Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert was released on September 10th, 1973 and peaked at Number 18 on the Billboard 200 album charts. A fully remixed and expanded version of the album was released in 1995 featuring different performances and edits than the original 1973 release.