The Allman Brothers Band closed out the opening night of Eric Clapton's fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday (April 12) with a titanic six-song set, highlighted by 'Whipping Post.' Not to be outdone, Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones then dropped by for Saturday night's festival finale.
Eric Clapton’s guitar skills have been so revered that “Clapton is God” was once spray-painted on a wall in London. In tribute to his holiness – the lord of the Les Paul, the sultan of the SG, the sovereign of the Stratocaster – we offer this tribute of the Top 10 Eric Clapton Guitar Solos.
There are plenty of classic bands who would love to say that they engineered one of the most successful lineup changes in rock history. But the fact is that a key lineup change (whether it's due to drugs, death or "creative differences") can severely alter a band's sound
If you've seen any of the 23 James Bond movies, you're familiar with British trumpet player Derek Watkins. The session player also sat in with Eric Clapton, the Beatles, Elton John and more during a nearly 50-year career. Watkins died on Friday (March 22) after a two year battle with cancer.
There comes a point in most artists’ careers where they just don’t care about making records anymore. Or at least they don’t care about making records that their fans want to hear. They tour sporadically, playing the old songs to pay the bills. And they release new albums every five years or so because they feel it’s something they should do. Eric Clapton got to this point years ago, but on his 21st solo album, ‘Old Sock,’ he settles into not caring like it’s his full-time job these days.
Classic rock is about heavy hooks, power chords, and tight harmonies, but it’s also about letting loose and enjoying the good times — and there’s no better time than Friday evening, when we pick up our paycheck, punch out of work, and enjoy a couple days of much-needed rest and relaxation.