Eric Clapton

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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

5 Celebrity Love Children
 5 Celebrity 
 Love Children 

5 Celebrity Love Children

Jude Law, Eric Clapton, and other scandalous parents

(Newser) - Now that Jude Law has finally, after five months, met his daughter with former fling Samantha Burke, The Frisky rounds up a few other—rumored!—famous love children:
  • The Clapton kids: Conor, the son whose death prompted Eric Clapton to write “Tears In Heaven,” was born to

5 Rockers Who Beat Drugs
 5 Rockers Who Beat Drugs 

5 Rockers Who Beat Drugs

Maybe Scott Weiland will take a cue from former bandmate Slash

(Newser) - In honor of a new book by Scott Weiland’s ex recalling the couple’s drug-fueled rock and roll escapades, Fox News takes a look at musicians who fought addiction and won:
  • Slash, Guns N’ Roses: Addicted to heroin, booze, and women; was scared straight after running down the street

Rock's Worst Career Moves
 Rock's Worst Career Moves 

Rock's Worst Career Moves

Bob Dylan's Christmas album is just the latest in a long line

(Newser) - Bob Dylan’s decision to record a Christmas album is certainly ill-advised—“fans may have stuck by him throughout the musically self-destructive late '60s, the God-bothering late '70s, and the Grateful Dead-collaborating-Madonna-imitating mid '80s, but surely even Bob's fans have a limit,” writes John Matthew Hall for the...

Smells Like Teen Nostalgia
Smells Like
Teen Nostalgia

Smells Like Teen Nostalgia

As baby boomer baubles grow less desirable, collectors turn to Nirvana, G N' R

(Newser) - Grunge is passé, but the market for its collectibles isn’t, reports Portfolio. Nostalgia plays a big role in determining what's hot, and prices on items of baby boomer vintage, even from the likes of the Fab Four, are starting to drop. Meanwhile, the demand for Gen X artifacts—skateboards,...

Clapton Invited to Pyongyang
Clapton Invited to Pyongyang

Clapton Invited to Pyongyang

North Korea invites old Slowhand for landmark concert

(Newser) - Kim Jong Il is a diehard Elvis fan, but the Great Leader's son is seriously into Eric Clapton, which could be why North Korea has invited Old Slowhand to play a concert in Pyongyang. Though the New York Philharmonic performed there yesterday, a Clapton appearance  would mark the first time...

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