I went to the Eric Clapton concert last night at the Chesapeake Arena downtown. This was my Christmas present to my 13 year old grandson William. He’s into music and I felt he need to hear some of the good stuff. Besides, I’d already taken his sister to Las Vegas to see the Beatles ‘Love’ show and then to St. Louis to see Paul McCartney in concert (she’s the extreme Beatles fan) and Williams brother to Las Vegas in January to see David Copperfield (he’s into magic). So for William, who’s into drums and guitars, who better to see than the master, Eric Clapton? But I digress…
Now, for the reason I’m putting this into the blog. As I sat there in the arena listening to a legend, it made me think how far Oklahoma City has come over the last 50 years. Nearly 50 years ago, in August 1964, I went to one of my first concerts. And it was at Springlake Amusement park. It was the Beach Boys. And their stage was a flatbed truck!
At that time, in 1964, Eric Clapton had recently joined The Yardbirds! Downtown Oklahoma City’s only venue in 1964 was the Civic Center, seating about 2,000. There probably were 10,000 to 12,000 in attendance last night inside a state-of-the-art arena (home of the Thunder – who’d ever thought OKC would have an NBA team!).
Eric Clapton – thanks so much for the great music and even more so for the great memories! Oklahoma City has come a long ways!