Saturday, 25 December 2010

Eric Clapton: Perform in Pyongyang

Kim Jong-il's son was a great fan of the British musician Eric Clapton so North Korea wanted he perform in Pyongjang, released by Wikileaks have reveal the latest US diplomatic cables.

The government connected to the US and advised that the gig could help persuade Kim Jong-il to allow aid into the country.

According to the Guardian, "A performance could be an opportunity to build goodwill".

It went on: "Arranging an Eric Clapton concert in Pyongyang could be useful, given Kim Jong-il's second son's devotion to the rock legend".

North Korea said, "The concert could be part of a cultural exchange between the communist nation and the west".

Report to the Clapton had "in principle" agreed to a gig, after his representatives released a denying statement that he held to the part the plan later turn down apart.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Eric Clapton selling off 70 guitars in New York auction

A guitar he used in the 2005 Cream reunion shows in London and New York and more than other 70 instruments are up for grabs.

Lots start at a guide price of £190 but the Fender Stratocaster, valued at up to £19,000, will be the star buy.

A rehab clinic the 65-year-old founded in Antigua will get all the proceeds from this auction.

A spokesman for Bonhams which is holding the sale in New York in March 2011 said that ‘The instruments are a part of his history but most are affordable.’

Instruments and amps by Gibson, Fender, Marshall, Martin and Music Man are included in the sale.

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Eric Clapton West Coast tour concerts 2011

In this year Eric Clapton's has been packed with successful gig events from a series gig with Jeff Beck and a tour with Roger Daltry in 2010. Now the musician is shutting down in 2010 by announcing new North American tour plans for the New Year.

At Rogers Arena in Vancouver the illustrious guitar slinger establish his West Coast guess with a single show in Canada on February 25.

Clapton's 20th studio album tour release in the late September, the competently titled "Clapton".

Eric Clapton routes:

February 25

Vancouver, BC

Rogers Arena

February 26

Seattle, WA

KeyArena at Seattle Center

February 28

Portland, OR

Rose Garden Arena

March 2

San Jose, CA

HP Pavilion at San Jose

March 3

Sacramento, CA

ARCO Arena

March 5

Las Vegas, NV

MGM Grand Garden Arena

March 6

San Diego, CA

Valley View Casino Center

March 8 - 9

Universal City, CA

Gibson Amphitheater

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Eric Clapton announces 2011 tour to kick off in Vancouver

Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has just announced an initial list of North American tour dates for 2011, kicking off in Vancouver on Feb 25 (see the current list below).

Clapton's latest album, Clapton, on which he collaborated with an all-star cast including Allen Toussaint, JJ Cale, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow and Derek Trucks, among others, was released earlier this year.

For the tour, his band will consist of long-time touring partners Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass), Chris Stainton (keys), with Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists.

Tickets for the Vancouver show, which will also feature Los Lobos as the opening act, go on sale Friday, Dec 3, at Ticketmaster. Prices range from $65 to $159 plus service charges.



Feb 25 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
Feb 26 Seattle, WA Key Arena
Feb 28 Portland, OR Rose Garden Arena

MARCH 2011

March 2 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
March 3 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
March 5 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 6 San Diego, CA Valley View Casino Center
March 8 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk
March 9 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheater at Universal CityWalk

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Eric Clapton Participates In Art Of The Song Auction To Benefit Teenage Cancer Trust

Eric Clapton, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, Annie Lennox, Ian Anderson, Sir Tim Rice and many other British lyricists and composers have written out lyrics to some of their best known songs to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust through the Art Of The Song Auction on 15 December at Bonhams Knightsbridge.

Clapton has contributed handwritten and autographed lyrics to "Run Back To Your Side." The song was written and recorded for his recently released album, "Clapton." The Teenage Cancer Trust funds special units in NHS hospitals for young people undergoing cancer treatment. The auction was organised by PRS for Music.

Further information about the auction can be found at the Bonhams Website.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Gibson to Reproduce Eric Clapton’s Classic “Beano” Les Paul

One of the most eminent guitars in the history of rock and blues music will be released this December: Eric Clapton’s 1960 “Beano” Les Paul

The axe that Slowhand wielded on the classic John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton — when Londoners were declaring him “God” — will soon be available in stores, courtesy of the Gibson Custom Shop.

Check back in the coming weeks for more details!

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Eric Clapton May 2011, Irish & UK tours

Eric Clapton, a famous English guitarist was set to perform tracks on "Later ... With Jools Holland" this week. The legend guitarist played for around 30 minute.

There is a good news for those fans who had missed the yesterday broadcast can see on air extended and pre-recorded edition on Friday 5th November along with it Eric Clapton will also be interviewed by Jools Holland on the show.

Also performing on tomorrow’s show are Kings of Leon, MIA, Vaccines, Bellowhead and comedian Harry Hill, who is an unlikely competitor for this year’s Christmas Number One.

"Later ... With Jools Holland" is broadcast on BBC Two with a simulcast on BBC HD. The show can also be viewed on the BBC iplayer at

Below are the list of upcoming concert in next May 2011 which will be going to held in UK and Ireland by Eric Clapton

May 2011

9th O2, Dublin
10th Odyssey, Belfast
12th SECC, Glasgow
14th CIA, Cardiff
17th Royal Albert Hall, London
18th Royal Albert Hall, London
20th Royal Albert Hall, London
21st Royal Albert Hall, London

Wednesday, 15 September 2010

Eric Clapton Tour 2011

Eric Clapton has affirmed for his new album a series of dates in support.

The guitarist’s 19th release features Doyle Bramhall II, JJ Cale, drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Willie Weeks and keyboardist Walt Richmond, as well as guests Steve Winwood, Wynton Marsalis, Sheryl Crow, Allen Toussaint, and Derek Trucks.

Oldhand has put up and clap for his new band at these concerts, including Weeks, Steve Gadd (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Michelle John (vocals) and Sharon White (vocals). The ensemble will also tour the U.S. and Asia in 2011.
Eric Clapton’s 2011 Dates
May 9 Dublin—O2
May 10 Belfast—Odyssey Arena
May 12 Glasgow—SECC
May 14 Cardiff—Cardiff International
May 17 London—Royal Albert Hall
May 18 London—Royal Albert Hall
May 20 London—Royal Albert Hall
May 21 London—Royal Albert Hall

Saturday, 7 August 2010

'The Cream of Eric Clapton' in Lisburn, don't miss

Eric Clapton tribute, LOCAL guitarist Roy Fulton will be playing this tribute when Eric brings his show 'The Cream of Eric Clapton' to Alexanders on Saturday August 28.
Roy Fulton 'The Cream of Eric Clapton' is not an impersonation act, rather it is a fitting tribute to the music of the great guitarist. Songs featured will include 'Wonderful Tonight', 'I Shot the Sheriff', 'Layla', 'Tears in Heaven', 'Before You Accuse Me', 'Got You On My Mind', 'Alberta Crossroads', 'Change The World', 'Promises', 'Lay Down Sally', 'Cocaine' and many more.As well as great music, Magners Cider are having a promotion night from 8.30pm - 10pm.Doors open at 8.30pm and the show starts at 9.30pm. Tickets are priced £10 and now available from Alexanders Bar.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Crossroads Festival Coming to Theraters Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival Coming to Theaters Guitar worshippers and Clapton'ites, take note. Eric Clapton held his Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago last month and now, the event is coming to movie theaters across the country for just one night of guitar goodness. On July 27, more than 475 movie theaters nationwide will broadcast two hours of footage from the concert, which featured performances from ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, BB King and many others. It'll be like you were there, in the flesh! Exclusive backstage footage and behind the scenes video, along with performer interviews and an introduction by Clapton himself will all be part of the film as well. Learn more at And mark your calendars, too. What is your take on concerts being broadcast in cinema? Is it just as good as the actual thing?

Friday, 2 July 2010

A Summer's Worth Of Classic Rock In Cincinnati Eric Clapton And Roger Daltrey Kick Off

They're the kind of bands that lazy summer evenings on the lawn are made for. Plus, they happen to be the bread and butter of outdoor amphitheaters starved for new headliners who can bring out massive crowds from June to September. And this summer I decided I was going to go look as many as I could, because, well, they're not getting any younger and life's to short to have regrets, right?
Which is why I found myself standing next to my father in law at a nearly sold out Riverbend Amphitheater in Cincinnati, Ohio, on a perfect Wednesday night (June 30) for a show by guitar god Eric Clapton and Who singer Roger Daltrey, one of only three (he informed me, because he does his homework) shows the two charter Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legends would be playing together this summer.
I couldn't have picked a better show partner, since he has seen Clapton five or six times and the Who at least twice, and I'm not just talking the later day versions, either.
I've really seen the Who back on their third or fourth unretirement tours back in the '90s but I'd never seen Clapton. And though I've never been a superfan, he is Slow Hand, so you have to check that one off the list.
Daltrey came out first, instantly busting into a trio of Who classics ("I Can See For Miles," "The Real Me" and "Behind Blue Eyes") backed by a muscular five piece band that gave a bit of a rougher edge to the FM radio staples without messing with the arrangements too much. Daltrey would likely be the first to admit he's lost a bit of the top edge of his range, but the grittiness that replaced it was perfect for a dirty blues cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Born on the Bayou," which he dedicated to victims of the BP oil spill.
Though he didn't have lifelong foil Pete Townshend with him, Daltrey had the next best thing in the Who guitarist's younger brother Simon, who filled in (with eerily Pete like vocals) on a cover a tune the singer said the Who had never performed live, the rousing "Going Mobile."
Daltrey busted out the classic microphone swings for "Who Are You," which the group played in a kind of spare, deconstructed way that aired it out a bit, and by the time he brought it home almost 50 minutes later with "Baba O'Riley," the crowd went bananas from the first, instantly recognizable keyboard notes until the messy, controlled chaos ending.
If Daltrey was all about power and energy, Clapton lived up to his stage nickname. The 65 year old story strolled out unassumingly in baggy jeans and black button down short-sleeved shirt for 90 minutes of expertly crafted blues that impressed if only because he made the intricate seem effortless.
Clapton's not a wailer, a shouter or a flashy slasher. I knew that from years of watching him on TV. But his ease and mastery of his instrument in concert is something to behold. For one thing, as far as I could tell, Clapton never once changed out his powder blue ax, nor did he fuss around tuning it between songs. From "Key to the Highway" to "Tell the Truth" and through the set closing, face melting encore "Crossroads," he plucked away at the strings of that guitar, pulling out some Delta blues here, a bit of classical guitar magic there and plenty of fat rock riffs in between.
Aided by two soul mama backup singers, a bassist, master session drummer Steve Gadd and a pair of excellent keyboardist, Clapton took it down mid show for an acoustic set that featured a swinging, mellow "Layla" and the walking blues of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out."
His extended reggae skanking cover of Bob Marley's "I Shot the Sheriff" was spot on, with the backups singers howling away alongside his offhand island inflected sing talking. "Before You Accuse Me" turned into a barrelhouse blues clinic, with Clapton happly ceding the stage to his keyboardists, who engaged in a Hammond vs. piano showdown that brought whoops from the crowd. It was a bit surreal to hear nearly 20,000 people shout out the chorus to the song "Cocaine" at a man who has had his fair share of struggles with the powder, but there was something joyful about that irony (and the smoking licks that accompanied it) that you just don't get at a John Mayer gig.
Well, one show down, a summer's worth to go. Watch out Santana, Steve Winwood, Kiss, Ringo Starr, Tom Petty and Aerosmith. You're next.

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Eric Clapton: For Beck, musical matches aren't always harmonious

During joint sets on Jeff Beck's recent mini-tour with Eric Clapton, the pair interacted genially and respectfully on a half-dozen blues songs. But Beck concedes that collaborations between superior talents can be tricky.His approach to playing with the man he replaced in The Yardbirds was "definitely not gunslinging. I've been accused of being too polite. Maybe my mom came into my head and said, 'Don't show off. There's someone else there. Don't shred them off the stage, even if you could.' It's bad form, and doesn't make for a good concert. What's the point of upsetting the person you're aligned with?"
Beck's views on other recent matchups:
Jimmy Page, who inducted Beck into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last year and played with him after his speech: "I wasn't sure how they would dovetail Jimmy into the proceedings. ... Unbelievably, in the hotel elevator (right before the ceremonies), I got a phone call from the bass player, who suggested that right in the middle of Beck's Bolero, they stop and just start playingImmigrant Song (a Page-written Led Zeppelin classic). So that's what we did. Nobody knew it was going to happen. Not the lighting guys or anybody. That's what I love."
Metallica, which led the all-star jam at the Rock Hall ceremonies: "I wanted to put my guitar down. I know those things (the jams) are for the dustbin — they're not worth anything. The sound is horrible, the bass player (generally) is three bars behind."
Stevie Wonder, whom Beck joined on Superstition at the Rock Hall 25th Anniversary concerts last fall: "It's a slightly fractured friendship, and I don't know why. He knows what I think about him, but there's always a little bit of a rub there."
Joss Stone, who sings two songs on Beck's new Emotion & Commotion album: "Devonshire (England) is not the sort of place one would expect to find a white soul diva who sounds as though she came out of the Staple Singers. She's a little Janis Joplin, a little Tina Turner, all in one."
Imelda May, who performed with Beck at the Grammys on a Les Paul tribute: "Imelda was so perfect. She looked like she walked out of a Coke commercial."

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Eric Clapton-Only Liked Old Men's Voice

Eric Clapton had to grow into learning to love his ''old man'' singing voice.

The legendary blues guitarist claimed he has taken a long time to grow into liking the sound of his singin voice, but now he has grown huskier as he has got older he is more satisfied with it.

When asked if he liked his singing, Eric said: "No. I do now. It's taken me to be an older guy, an old man, to have an old man's voice. Because I only liked old men's voices".

Eric Added: "As a kid, I didn't like pip-squeaked singers. It was always someone with authority. And for a singer to have authority, they have to have some kind of social standing. Otherwise, it's fake."

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck announce North American dates

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have announced details of three North American shows next February.The legendary guitarists, both former members of The Yardbirds, will play New York's Madison Square Garden on February 18, before heading to Canada for shows in Toronto and Montreal.

Eric Clapton Tickets for the Toronto show go on sale this Friday (December 4), and Montreal the following day (December 5). New York tickets will be available from December 12.Preceding the tour the duo are also set to play two shows at

London's O2 Arena on February 13 and 14.

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck will play the following:New York, NY, Madison Square Garden (February 18)Toronto, ON,

Air Canada Centre (21)Montreal, QC,

Bell Centre (22)