Slowhand on Main Street
Three Rivers Commercial News | Alek Frost, Managing Editor
“THREE RIVERS – Guitarist Shaun Hague will bring his take on three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton’s legendary and expansive musical repertoire, when his show “Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton” comes to the Riviera Theatre in downtown Three Rivers on April 28.
The 33-year-old musician, who was name “The Best Young Blues Guitarist” but The House of Blues at 17, and played guitar for Kenny Wayne Shepherd at 21, said Clapton is among his biggest musical influences.
“Clapton’s had a huge influence on me, The Beatles made me want to get into music and Eric Clapton, one I took on the guitar, just really got me into guitar playing and wanting to become a better player overall,” Hague said. “Over the years I’ve been in the industry playing guitar for guys like Kenny Wayne Shepherd; I’ve played guitar for John Waite, for Amos Lee and that was a lot of fun, and it was great for my resume but I’ve gotten into my early 30s now and I decided, ‘You know what? I’m going to step away from that and do something that I front, and that I really believe in.’
“The first thing that came to mind was doing a tribute to Eric because I love his music, I know it like the back of my hand. I had to put in a little effort really to practice it and rehearse it, and it’s been extremely well received. Every room we’ve walked into there’s been a minimum of 150 people, sometimes 400 people, all first time plays at these theatres and it’s just been one of the best things in my career to be honest with you.”
Hague said Friday’s show would feature a variety of Clapton’s music, starting tin 1966 and eventually making its way into the early 1990s.
“Derrick and Dominos, Blind Faith, solo stuff, 461 Ocean Boulevard, Slowhand, we’ll do the Backless record, stuff from that and then get into the 80s as well,” he said.
Hague started playing guitar at 13 while growing up in Massachusetts. Once he graduated high school, he moved to Los Angeles living there for over 10 years before moving to Chicago five years ago, where he currently resides with his wife Emily. Hague and his band of “top end Chicago session player,” including Robert Monroe (keys/vocals), Andy Taylor (drums), and Sheldon Dukes (bass), have already played two shows in Michigan, a state he says he and his wife have spent a lot of time in over the last several years. Hague said he loves Michigan and apparently the feeling is mutual.
“It’s beautiful and we love it. We’ve played two shows in Michigan now, one was for 270 people and the other one was for 400, so it’s apparent that Michigan really likes us,” he said. We’re hoping for the same turnout (in Three Rivers). I’m looking forward to getting to the Riviera; I’ve booked some shows there before, with my booking agent but I’ve not yet performed there. It’s a beautiful looking theatre and I’m looking forward to getting in there and playing for everybody.”
Journeyman: A Tribute to Eric Clapton will start at 8 p.m. i the Riviera Theatre Auditorium on Friday, April 28. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 on the day of the show.”