The year’s-end release of Five Live Yardbirds coincided with The Yardbirds’ most prestigious outing yet — a place on the bill for The Beatles’ Christmas concerts at the Hammersmith Odeon. Backstage, The Yardbirds came face to face with their immediate future, in the form of a quietly spoken young Mancunian named Graham Gouldman, who had written a song he thought they might like.
The Yardbirds’ career was now barreling along, but guitarist Eric Clapton wasn’t happy with the non-stop manic enthusiasm of the band’s stage act. "Slowhand" itched to return to the basics of blues.
The Yardbirds’ following was growing as word spread among fans. No matter where they played, their devoted audience would follow — and the audience brought their own excitement.
After "Slowhand" joins the band, creative differences between the guitar god and other members surface.