Eric Clapton was in the middle of his song Cocaine while performing Sunday night at the Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland when he suddenly stopped playing and walked off the stage.
To be fair to Clapton, Cocaine is played during the encore for his show so fans were not overtly penalized but the guitarist felt it necessary to make an official statement on his webpage explaining the action:
Unfortunately last night in Glasgow we experienced a steadily worsening technical problem with the PA system that the band battled with throughout the show but by the last song of the set it became unbearable on stage and Eric was unable to complete that number. During the encore break we were able to reset and the band finished as planned with the last number.
The usual touring set length runs at 1hr 35 mins so in fact the full set was performed apart from the entirety of “cocaine” which had to be curtailed.
Eric is nevertheless sorry for the break in the concert and the disappointment of his fans.
The Hydro issued their own statement saying "The production team for last night's performance suffered a technical issue which resulted in the concert ending earlier than anticipated. By the time the venue had been made aware of the circumstances patrons were already leaving the bowl; however, our stewards and staff did their best to convey this information as it became known."
While Clapton did not return to the stage, the rest of the band did come back to play the final song, High Time We Went with Paul Carrack on lead.
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