Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert is a live album by English musician Eric Clapton, recorded at London's Rainbow Theater on 13 January 1973 and released in September that year. The concert was organized by Pete Townshend of The Who and marked a comeback by Clapton after two years of inactivity, broken only by his performance at the Concert for Bangladesh in August 1971. Along with Townshend, the musicians supporting Clapton include Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and Jim Capaldi. In the year following the two shows at the Rainbow, Clapton recovered from his heroin addiction and recorded 461 Ocean Boulevard (1974).
This concert is the first live performance where Clapton used his famous Stratocaster guitar ''Blackie''. The Rainbow concert is a historic recording, the music is rich and rockin' in it's make up. The addition of Pete Townshend, Ronnie Wood and Steve Winwood bring out the best in Clapton.
The album includes ''Badge,'' ''After Midnight,'' Jimi Hendrix's ''Little Wing'' and with Steve Winwood taking lead vocals on Blind Faith's ''Presence Of The Lord'' and ''Pearly Queen.''