Monday, February 15, 2010

Eric Clapton - Upcoming Collaborations‏

by Brent Warnken
Eric Clapton is preparing to join Paul Simon and Yoko Ono in the coming weeks for a one-off performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York. This collaboration will likely have Clapton fans eagerly awaiting the event, which will also feature Sonic Youth stars Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon, Bette Midler and Ono's son Sean Lennon, among others.

In other Clapton news, the "slow hand" recently announced that he is joining forces with T-Mobile USA in an effort to help market its brand new T-Mobile myTouch 3G Fender phone. Clapton is the latest in a long list of celebrities that T-Mobile has used in efforts to promote their products; both Catherine Zeta-Jones and Whoopi Goldberg have appeared in ads for the company. The Android-based device will come pre-loaded with some tracks including Clapton classics like "Layla," "My Father's Eyes," "Rock 'N' Roll Heart" and "Wonderful Tonight." You can catch Clapton performing live by going online and getting your own pair of Eric Clapton tickets today.

Most recently, Clapton released a live album along with Steve Winwood titled Live from Madison Square Garden, which was released in May 2009. The acclaimed pair of performers showcased a series of hit songs as well as some selections from Traffic, Derek and the Dominos, Clapton's solo career and some Jimi Hendrix covers. Fans will remember that Clapton and Winwood formed a band in 1969 called Blind Faith, which ultimately helped to pioneer the blending of rock and blues in the music world. The band was short-lived, although both artists collaborated together in 2008 and 2009 onstage.

Eric Clapton gained a significant amount of attention thanks to his work with music groups like the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream and Blind Faith, but in 1970 he branched out on his own and opened up for a solo career. His self-titled debut as a solo artist demonstrated his skills as a guitarist, but it took a couple years for Clapton to really get his feet off the ground. Still, there was no denying that he was indeed a master of the guitar.

After fighting off a heroin addiction, Clapton returned to the studio and the stage with celebrated releases like 461 Ocean Boulevard, Slowhand, Backless, Just One Night and Another Ticket. Collectively the records produced a series of hit singles like "Cocaine," "Lay Down Sally," "Wonderful Tonight" and "Promises."

The decades ahead brought both tragedy and triumph for Clapton; he struggled musically during the 1980s but managed to rebound a bit with the releases of Crossroads and Journeyman. In 1991, he suffered through the loss of his four-year-old son, who was killed in a fall. A resulting soundtrack for the movie Rush featured a single written to his child called "Tears in Heaven;" it went on to become a huge hit single across the globe.

In follow-up years Clapton has remained active on the music scene, performing live sets as well as recording new material. He also teamed up with B.B. King on Riding with the King. His latest studio album arrived in 2006, called The Road to Escondido.

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