Listen: Eric Clapton plays rare 'Layla' at Tokyo concert

Eric Clapton fans never know what they might hear at one of his solo concerts. Boasting one of the most envied back catalogues in the business, the three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer recently gave his Japanese fans a thrill by dusting off an electric version of his 1971 single “Layla" for the first time in five years.

Jambase reports on April 16 that the 18-time Grammy winner pulled out the classic title track from his Derek and the Dominos album project Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs, during the opening night of a four-night residency between April 13 – April 20 in Tokyo at Nippon Budokan. The Tokyo residency is part of a 2019 world tour, which is scheduled to visit the U.K, Europe and the U.S. in 2019.

The ex-Cream star worked up an acoustic version of “Layla” for “MTV Unplugged,” which also went on to became at hit single in 1992. The legendary British rocker has favored the laid back version at live performances in recent years, and last played the fiery electric version of the song, during his 50th anniversary tour, which wrapped up June 19, 2013, in Prague.

In the fan-shot footage, fans howl in recognition as the ex-Blind Faith star teases them with the opening notes of the instantly recognizable guitar riff. As the band climbs aboard, the audience begins to clap along en masse as Clapton launches into the first verse, singing, “What will you do when you get lonely/No one waiting by your side.”

The ex-Yardbirds star will return to the U.S. for a two-night stand Sept. 20 – Sept. 21 in Dallas at American Airlines Center as part of his star-studded Crossroads Guitar Festival. Clapton, who is the founder the event, originally launched the festival in Dallas back in 2004.

Clapton's Japanese residency continue on April 18 in Tokyo at Nippon Budokan. Check out EC's electric version of "Layla" above..