June, 2009

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Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood at Oakland’s Oracle Arena

Monday, June 29th, 2009

I was lucky enough to get a pair of tickets for Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood’s concert at the Oracle Arena on June 29th 2009.

After waiting only 40 minutes to enter the parking lot and pay a modest fee of just $25 (congrats to management for such a well organized rip-off) we only missed couple minutes of the concert.

Luckily EC and SW were both fantastic, they sure seem to get better with age and I am always amazed to see E.C deliver such soulful and inspiring solos. EC mostly used his signature Strat in Ferrari Grigio finish and Martin 000-28EC for the acoustic set, the Daphne blue Strat stayed on the rack.

The only regret would be the absence of Little Wing, however the punchy version of Forever Man as well as Voodoo Chile easily made up for it. The show lasted more than 2 hours and the set list included:

Had To Cry Today
Low Down
After Midnight
Presence of The Lord
Sleeping in the Ground
Glad
Well Alright
Tough Luck Blues
Pearly Queen
There’s A River
Forever Man
Low Spark of High Heeled Boys (SW only)
Driftin’ – acoustic
How Long Blues
Layla – acoustic version
Can’t Find My Way Home
Split Decision
Voodoo Chile

And Cocaine followed by Dear Mr. Fantasy for the encore.

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31 rose species from San Jose’s Rose Garden

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

San Jose’s Rose Garden:

San Jose's Rose Garden

San Jose's Rose Garden

Yves Piaget rose:

Yves Piaget Rose

Tineke rose:

Tineke Rose

Sweet inspiration rose:

Sweet Inspiration Rose
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