Watch Eric Clapton Perform "Badge" and "Cocaine" at the Royal Albert Hall

Last night, guitar legend Eric Clapton kicked off a run of three high-profile shows at London's Royal Albert Hall.

The shows, scheduled for May 22, 24 and 25, mark Clapton's first live appearances since March 20, when he finished a two-night stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

Although Clapton was scheduled to perform twice at the Forum in LA later in March, he was forced to reschedule those shows due to severe bronchitis. The makeup gigs will take place September 15 and 16 at the Forum.

Anyway, Clapton was in fine form last night, as shown in the fan-shot clips below, all of which feature songs Clapton originally released from 1969 through 1977.

First, there's "Key to the Highway" (Derek and the Dominos) which was shot from the side of the stage, followed by "Badge" (Cream) and "Cocaine" (from Clapton's Slowhand album), which were shot from further away. Clapton was joined by Doyle Bramhall II on "Cocaine."

Speaking of Bramhall II, we recently ran an exclusive clip in which the guitarist discusses his years working with Clapton—and how their relationship got started—and you can check it out here.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.