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Inspiration for Clapton's 'Layla' Sells the Goods —for Millions

Pattie Boyd's auction at Christie's brings in $3.6M, way above expectations

(Newser) - The online auction of a trove of letters, photos, and other items that Pattie Boyd—ex of Eric Clapton and George Harrison—concluded Friday and surpassed all expectations, per the AP . Christie's said the auction brought in about $3.6 million, roughly seven times more than expected. The most...

Ex of Two Famous Rockers Is Selling Her Love Letters

Model and photographer Pattie Boyd was married to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton

(Newser) - Love letters to Pattie Boyd from both George Harrison and Eric Clapton are going up for sale at Christie's auction house , alongside clothing, jewelry, and other memorabilia from the renowned model and musicians' muse, per the AP . Boyd, who was previously married both to Beatle Harrison and to guitar...

Clapton Cancels Shows After Test
Clapton Cancels
Shows After Test

Clapton Cancels Shows After Test

Star contracts COVID after blaming ailments on vaccine

(Newser) - Eric Clapton has postponed a couple of concerts planned for Zurich and Milan this week after contracting COVID-19. A Facebook post said the 77-year-old rock star tested positive after a performance at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Clapton has had AstraZeneca shots, People reports, though he's criticized the...

She Tried to Sell a Clapton Bootleg for $11. He Filed Suit

German court rules in favor of rock star in copyright infringement case

(Newser) - A German judge has sided with Eric Clapton in a copyright infringement case that started with a CD being listed on eBay for just over $11. Deutsche Welle reports that on Wednesday, a Duesseldorf regional court ruled a 55-year-old widow who'd tried to sell a bootlegged CD of some...

Fellow Musicians Perplexed by Clapton's Hard Turn
Fellow Musicians Perplexed
by Clapton's Hard Turn

Fellow Musicians Perplexed by Clapton's Hard Turn

Robert Cray, for example, has cut ties over Clapton's stance against COVID lockdowns

(Newser) - Eric Clapton has emerged as a loud voice opposed to COVID lockdowns and vaccine mandates , along with fellow music legend Van Morrison. As a result, he's attracted a ton of criticism , prompting a lengthy Washington Post story by Geoff Edgers on the subject headlined, "What happened to Eric...

Rolling Stone Wonders If Clapton's Legacy Is in Jeopardy

Rock legend once again courting controversy, this time over vaccines

(Newser) - Eric Clapton has been a fixture in rock for decades and thus a regular presence in Rolling Stone. He's been on the cover eight times since 1968 and has ranked second in the magazine's list of best guitarists, writes David Browne in a new story about Clapton for,...

Eric Clapton: I'll Cancel Shows Over Vaccine Policy

Singer says he won't play UK venues where proof of vaccination is required

(Newser) - Eric Clapton is no fan of a new policy in the UK that will require people to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations for entrance into large venues and nightclubs come September. "I will not perform on any stage where there is a discriminated audience present," Clapton wrote in...

Eric Clapton Describes 'Disastrous' Vaccine Aftermath

Rocker says he thought he might never play guitar again

(Newser) - Eric Clapton says the side effects from the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine left him thinking he may never play guitar again, the Los Angeles Times reports. In a letter to Italian architect Robin Monotti Graziadei, which Graziadei shared on the Telegram app, per the Hill , the 76-year-old rocker says that while...

2 Legends Collaborate on Anti-Lockdown Single

Van Morrison, Eric Clapton say struggling artists need help

(Newser) - Van Morrison is keeping up his anti-lockdown sentiments, now with help. Eric Clapton performs a new single, "Stand and Deliver," written by Morrison, which will be released Dec. 4 in support of Morrison's "Save Live Music" campaign, per Variety . Morrison, of Northern Ireland, has already released...

Ginger Baker, Cream's Volatile Drummer, Dies
Iconic '60s Supergroup
Drummer Dead 

Iconic '60s Supergroup Drummer Dead

Ginger Baker, Cream's volatile drummer, dies at age 80

(Newser) - Ginger Baker, the volatile and propulsive British musician best known for his time with the power trio Cream, died Sunday at age 80, reports the AP . Baker wielded his blues power and jazz technique to help break open popular music and become one of the world's most admired and...

Eric Clapton: 'It's Amazing I'm Still Here'

Rock legend says he'll keep playing gigs, despite hearing loss and hurting hands

(Newser) - Eric Clapton says he'll keep doing live concerts this year, though he admits it's become increasingly challenging. One, because nerve damage has given him back trouble and made it hard for his hands to work their magic on his guitar strings, he told BBC Radio 2's Steve...

Eric Clapton Now Struggles to Play Guitar

71-year-old guitar legend has nerve damage

(Newser) - A tough break for Eric Clapton: The 71-year-old guitar legend says he now struggles to play at all because of nerve damage. "It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy—which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your...

7 Stars Who Love Guns
 7 Stars Who Love Guns 

7 Stars Who Love Guns

Including some who may surprise you

(Newser) - Some celebrities like packing heat—and not just in the movies. Fox News rounds up 14 of them. A sampling:
  • Tom Selleck: He's a member of the NRA.
  • Dax Shepard: After the Sandy Hook shootings, he tweeted, "I love guns. I have several, but I would gladly get

10 'Love Children' of the Stars
 10 'Love Children' of the Stars 

10 'Love Children' of the Stars

Extramarital affairs in Hollywood are not a new thing

(Newser) - Did ex-Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher father a love child with a music reporter ? The story is a convoluted mess (Gallagher is suing the New York Post over its article), but one thing is certain: If he did, he certainly wouldn't be the first. The Huffington Post rounds up...

'After Midnight' Songwriter Dead at 74

JJ Cale penned tunes made famous by Eric Clapton, pioneered Tulsa Sound

(Newser) - JJ Cale, the singer-songwriter who first penned Eric Clapton's hits "After Midnight" and "Cocaine" passed away yesterday due to a heart attack, reports the LA Times . He was 74. Born John Weldon Cale (he changed his name to avoid confusion with the Velvet Underground's John Cale,...

Stars Rock '12-12-12,' Raise $30M for Sandy

Springsteen, McCartney, Bon Jovi come together for storm relief

(Newser) - Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, and Kanye West were just a few of the music and screen legends who raised millions for Sandy relief last night. Appearing on TV, radio, the Web, and in movie theaters, the 12-12-12 concert had a potential audience of some 2 billion, USA ...

Hendrix Voted Greatest Guitarist Ever

Rolling Stone panel puts legendary axeman at top of best 100 list

(Newser) - Rolling Stone assembled a team of top guitarists and industry experts to vote on the greatest 100 guitarists of all time and few will be surprised to find '60s legend Jimi Hendrix topping the list. Eric Clapton came second and Jimmy Page third, with Keith Richards and Jeff Beck...

Mystery Solved: Why We'll Pay $1M for a Clapton Guitar

Celebrity items inspire 'magical thinking' in collectors, say scientists

(Newser) - It’s strange enough that a guitar used by Eric Clapton sold for nearly $1 million in 2004—but perhaps even stranger that a replica of that guitar is expected to go for at least $20,000 at auction today. Why are collectors willing to pay so much for something...

7 Rock Stars Who Are Major Headaches

Liam, Noel Gallagher count as one...which they'd probably fight about

(Newser) - We expect rock stars to lay in beds covered in money while drinking insanely pricey liquor and, umm, doing some other stuff. But we forget about the poor, poor souls—agents, concert promoters, record producers—who depend on them to be on time...and coherent. Cracked presents the 7 rock...

11 Best Beatles Songs by George or Ringo

Yes, they're mostly by George

(Newser) - Sam Greenspan admits he had a little trouble with this list for his 11 Points blog , but he toughed it out and came up with the best 11 Beatles songs written by Ringo Starr or George Harrison. The top five:
  1. "Something" (George): "Arguably his best lyrics, melody and

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