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2016

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Robert Stigwood, Bee Gees and Cream Manager, Dead at 81

January 4, 2016

Robert Stigwood, manager of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups like Cream and the Bee Gees and producer of films like Saturday Night Fever and Grease, passed away. Stigwood was 81. Spencer Gibb, the son of Bee Gees' Robin Gibb and Stigwood's...

2015

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Watch Eric Clapton's Fiery 'Cocaine' From 'Slowhand at 70'

October 16, 2015

Eric Clapton recently celebrated his 70th birthday with a series of performances marking the milestone. That included a seven-night stretch at London's famed Royal Albert Hall, an event the guitarist will document in the upcoming concert film titled...

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Flashback: Dylan and Clapton Sing 'Don't Think Twice'

September 15, 2015

For the past sixteen years, Eric Clapton has funded his Crossroads drug and alcohol rehabilitation clinic in Antigua with a series of all-star benefit concerts. The shows have mostly spotlighted guitar icons like Jeff Beck, Buddy Guy, Carlos Santana...

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Eric Clapton Pays Tribute to B.B. King: 'He Was a Beacon'

May 15, 2015

Eric Clapton pays his respects to his close friend B.B. King, who died last night at the age of 89, in a video he posted on Facebook. A close friend of the late blues legend, Clapton also cites King as one of his greatest influences. "He...

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Eric Clapton Celebrates 70th Birthday With MSG Blowout

May 4, 2015

For the third song of his set last night at Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton invited out the first guest of the night: John Mayer, who Clapton has called a "master" guitar player. They launched into 1989's swaggering, gospel-steeped "Pretending." Midway...

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Eric Clapton Set for Two Madison Square Garden Gigs

March 12, 2015

Eric Clapton will celebrate his 70th birthday with a two-night blowout at Madison Square Garden in New York City, currently scheduled for May 1st and 2nd (dates are subject to change to May 3rd should they conflict with an NBA playoff game). General...

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See Charlie Worsham's One-Man Band Clapton Cover

September 22, 2015

In 1978, seven years before singer-guitarist Charlie Worsham was born in Jackson, Mississippi, English-born singer-guitarist Eric Clapton had a minor country hit with the J.J. Cale-influenced "Lay Down Sally." The tune peaked at Number Three on the pop...

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Rolling Stones Share 'Brown Sugar' Take With Eric Clapton

June 3, 2015

The Rolling Stones have been unleashing alternate versions of tracks off their classic 1971 LP Sticky Fingers before the album's deluxe remastered reissue arrives on June 9th. This time, the Stones have shared a looser take on the opening track "Brown...

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Derrick Rose's 'Rumours': NBA Playoffs Go Classic Rock

May 7, 2015

The NBA Playoffs have finally gotten interesting, with all four second-round series tied at a game apiece, LeBron James bringing back the headband and Draymond Green becoming the most-hated man in Memphis. The past few nights of on-court action have...

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Hear Brad Paisley 'Crush It' on Eric Clapton's 'Layla'

March 23, 2015

During last year's Country Nation World Tour, Brad Paisley paid tribute to the guitar heroes who came before him, often taking a few minutes during the middle of his set to shred his way through some of rock & roll's most memorable riffs.  Guitar...

2014

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Eric Clapton Shares Musical Jack Bruce Tribute

October 28, 2014

Following the death of bassist Jack Bruce, Eric Clapton has shared an instrumental ballad called "For Jack" that he recorded in tribute to his former Cream bandmate. The sweet, reflective two-and-a-half minute instrumental finds Clapton...

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Eric Clapton Takes Off in Tour Doc 'Planes, Trains and Eric'

August 7, 2014

Eric Clapton will release a new tour documentary, Planes, Trains and Eric, on DVD, Blu-Ray and other digital formats on November 4th. The new concert film chronicles the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton's 2014 tour and includes 13...

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Eric Clapton Taps John Mayer, Mark Knopfler for JJ Cale Covers

July 22, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play.  Eric Clapton is at the helm of two new collaborative tracks from The Breeze, his upcoming tribute to the late blues legend, JJ Cale, "Train to Nowhere" and "Don't Wait," both...

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The Lion in Winter: A Tribute to Johnny Winter

July 17, 2014

Legendary blues musician Johnny Winter died in his hotel room in Zurich, Switzerland, on July 16th at 70 years old. There are plenty of reasons why that's notable — Winter was one of the first blues rock guitar virtuosos, releasing a string of popular...

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Eric Clapton: Jack Bruce 'A Tremendous Inspiration to Me'

October 26, 2014

Following the news of Cream bassist Jack Bruce's death at the age of 71, countless tributes have poured in for the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, including remembrances from his former band mates like Eric Clapton. "He was a great musician and...

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Tom Petty Scores First Number One Album in 38-Year Career

August 6, 2014

Music-business quiz time! Album sales are down _____ percent. Track sales are down _____ percent. If you answered the same depressing numbers (15 and 13, respectively) that have been true pretty much all year, well done — you've been reading way...

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Eric Clapton Covers JJ Cale's 'Cajun Moon'

July 21, 2014

UPDATE: iTunes is now streaming Clapton's album on First Play. On July 29th, Eric Clapton is releasing The Breeze, an LP of songs originally recorded by recently deceased southern guitar hero JJ Cale. Although the former Cream guitarist...

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Clapton at the Crossroads: 'The Guitar Is in Safe Hands'

July 16, 2014

Eric Clapton was fishing in the English countryside last summer when he got a text: Singer-guitarist-songwriter JJ Cale had died. "I just sat by the river," Clapton recalls. "I heard myself every now and then let out this low moan, like pain. It was deep."...

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Eric Clapton Says Touring is 'Unbearable'

June 27, 2014

Eric Clapton may not be long for the road. In a new interview with Uncut magazine, the legendary guitarist said he is considering curtailing his touring efforts going forward."The road has become unbearable," he said. "It's become unapproachable, because...

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