TOKYO (CelebrityAccess) — On Saturday, blues and rock guitar legend Eric Clapton kicked off the first show of a five-night stand at the Nippon Budōkan in Tokyo, marking his first return to a public stage since last October.
For his encore, Clapton was joined on stage by John Mayer and the two performed the J.J. Cale hit “Cocaine”, which Clapton also notably covered on his 1977 album Slowhand.
The last time Clapton and Mayer publicly performed together was in 2015, during Eric Clapton’s 70th Birthday Show at Madison Square Garden.
Following the show, Mayer posted a backstage shot of himself with Clapton on his Instagram, along with some words of praise for the elder statesman of the guitar. Mayer was in Japan for performances as part of his current solo tour before he heads back out on the road with Dead & Co. for a North American run this summer.
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It’s always great when the stars align and I get to catch up with @ericclapton. An exceedingly generous man. Watching him play is like getting picked up by the scruff of my neck like a kitten. I just love it. To do it in Tokyo makes it all the more special. Excited to be making an appearance at his #crossroadsfestival in September. (photos by Aki Ueda)
Mayer and Clapton are likely to run into each other later this year as well, as Dead & Company are slated to perform at the Eric Clapton-curated Crossroads Festival which lands for two days at the American Airlines Arena in Dallas on September 20 & 21.
Check out a fan-recorded video of the encore here.