Staff Photo: Brendan Sullivan Musician Eric Clapton performs the song Hello Old Friend in front of a sold out crowd at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth Friday.
DULUTH -- Twenty years ago, Elizabeth Marion of Douglasville gave birth to a baby girl.
On Wednesday night, Marion brought her daughter Leila to see Eric Clapton and The Wallflowers play live at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
The University of Georgia student had been named after Clapton's famous song, "Layla," after all.
"I've been a Clapton fan since I was a teenager," Elizabeth said. She raised her daughter to listen to his music as well. The two ladies saw him the last time he stopped by the Arena in 2010.
"I'm into 'Presence of the Lord' right now, so I'm hoping for that one," Leila said. "But I want to hear 'Layla.'"
These weren't the only two to bridge the generation gap. Concert goers ranged from 20-somethings to the elderly. Lisa and Toly Stilman of Atlanta were part of the younger crowd. Both were ecstatic to see both groups -- and at a reasonable price.
"We just moved to Georgia two years ago and this is really our first concert," Toly said. "We are from New York City where there is a lot of good live music. ... In New York to get an Eric Clapton ticket, it would be $300 to $400. Here, it is accessible to everybody."
No matter the price, there were several fans who were just excited to see the legendary British guitarist. Gary Giles of Alpharetta brought along his wife, daughter and brother to the show. He made sure to research the playlist before attending the concert.
"I've never seen him before and have always wanted to see him," Giles said. "I made sure to check out the set list and it's going to be a good show."
Clapton played several of his big hits including, "Father's Eyes," "Hello, Old Friend" and "Cocaine."
Paul Carrack of the band Squeeze, who was on the piano for Clapton, performed his '80s hit "Tempted."
The tour's next stop is in Hollywood, Fla.