Eric Clapton Unplugged

Ep 383/11/1992

Taped at the Bray Studios in Windsor, England in January of 1992, Clapton is accompanied by Nathan East (bass), Andy Fairweather-Low (guitar), Ray Cooper (percussion), Steve Ferrone (drums), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Katie Kissoon and Tessa Niles on backing vocals. Song selections include "Tears In Heaven" (from the motion picture release "Rush"), "Running On Faith," "Before You Accuse Me," a song by early musical inspiration Bo Diddley, and a new version of "Layla." Clapton also performs some new never-before-recorded material, including "Lonely Stranger," a song which he wrote in Los Angeles in 1991 during the recording of the soundtrack for "Rush" and after the death of his son Conor, and "The Circus Left Town," which is about the last night Clapton introduces a new element into the series where artists will talk about the songs they perform. Throughout the special, MTV airs liner note style interview clips in which Clapton talks about the inspiration behind each song selection, his early musical influences, and more. This special presentation of "MTV Unplugged" was taped the day before Clapton was inducted into the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame for his work with the Yardbirds, and during rehearsals for his now annual performance at The Royal Albert Hall in London. This marks his first solo appearance in over a year.