Eric Clapton is about to auction off an abstract painting by the German artist Gerhard Richter next month at Sotheby's. The guitarist paid $3.4 million for the piece, titled "Abstraktes Bild (809-4)," in 2001. It's expected to sell for $14 to $19 million.
Following the old adage that, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it," legendary Texas bluesman Johnny Winter recent told Billboard that he plans to record a sequel to last year's Roots, and album which saw him team up with an all-star casts of guest musicians — including Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes and more — to pay homage to the music that started it all.
Guitar Legends: Eric Clapton is a must-have for fans of any era in Clapton's long career. The special issue, which is available now at the Guitar World Online Store for $9.99, tells Clapton's story and transcribes five songs, including "Layla," "Cocaine" and "Sunshine of Your Love." It features several interviews, details his solo career and time with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and The Yardbirds.
Guitar World is pleased to present this exclusive video of Joe Bonamassa performing an acoustic version of "Further On Up The Road" at the Guitar Center on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles. The performance was filmed for Bonamassa's "At: Guitar Center with Nic Harcourt" podcast.
Maybe Eric Clapton decided he deserved a special birthday present -- from himself. Clapton, who will turn 67 this Friday, recently blew 3 million pounds (about $4.75 million US) on a one-off Ferrari built by the company's secretive Special Projects division, reports London's Daily Mail.
In the following video, Guitar World's Paul Riario takes a look at the new Eric Clapton series of amps from Fender. The EC series marks Fender's first signature series amp, fittingly granted to the man who also had the first signature model guitar from the company.