Looks like Clapton’s coming

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THE 25th anniversary tour of Classic Clapton – who claim to be the world’s number one tribute band to the veteran rocker – perform at the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles tomorrow night.

The band was formed in 1985 in Newcastle and named themselves After Midnight after Eric Clapton’s first solo hit.

Guitarist and vocalist Mike Hall won a national lookalike competition in 1999, and Tyne Tees Television made a programme about the group.

The band appeared at Glastonbury Festival in 2002 and have performed across Europe and in India two years ago.

Mike said: “It was in the St Andrews Auditorium in Mumbai. This was a great concert – there were quite a few Bollywood stars. It was a 10,000-mile round-trip for one gig, but it was a great experience.”

Alongside Mike in Classic Clapton are Paul Warren (keyboards and backing vocals), Neil Cochrane (drums) and John Forster (bass guitar and backing vocals).

They will perform all of Clapton’s most popular hits, including those from his Cream, Derek and the Dominoes and solo days, such as Wonderful Tonight, Tears in Heaven, Crossroads, Lay Down Sally, I Shot the Sheriff, Cocaine and Layla.

The gig starts at 7.30pm and tickets cost £13 (concessions £11) from 01721 725777.