Along with many music bands around the world, Eric’s concerts were cancelled due to the pandemic. Eric told his music producer that he wanted to film something and it was going to be kind of like Unplugged 2, but with an electronic component to it.
So rather than playing at The Royal Albert Hall, we listen to his band in a beautiful English house. Here we meet bandmates Nathan East (Bass and Vocals), Steve Gadd (Drums) and Chris Stainton (Keyboards) together in the beautiful English countryside.
It’s a unique behind-the-scenes look at his band. We hear from some of his crew. They talk about the effect of the lockdowns, and the subtle differences they need to make for the music to work well on film.
The songs are recorded live at Cowdray House in West Sussex. We see shots of the surrounding landscape and moments in-between takes.
You’ll hear some of your favourites and songs from Clapton’s contemporaries including the Fleetwood Mac tracks “Black Magic Woman” and “Man of the World.”
The sessions have resulted in a live 17 track album titled “The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Sessions”.
There is a wonderful rawness and it’s fantastic to see age doesn’t hamper great music-making. It’s worth listening to this in the cinema to hear the nuances in Eric’s voice and the instruments.
Watching the Lockdown Sessions was a lovely way to kick off a chilled weekend. All you need a glass of wine and some good company.
Eric Clapton: Lockdown Session is showing as part of the upcoming British Film Festival.