The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by Eric Clapton last night, November 29, in the second of two London O2 Arena shows celebrating the band's 50th anniversary. Following in the footsteps of fellow guitar great Jeff Beck, who performed with the Stones Sunday night, Clapton joined the band to rip through another blues standard, Muddy Waters' "Champagne & Reefer," which the band also performed with Buddy Guy several years ago.
With more than 20 years together and a dozen records under their belts, Nathan East and the members of Fourplay show no signs of slowing down. The quartet’s latest release, Esprit De Four, continues the trend of exceptional musicianship and songwriting prowess that’s become a staple of the smooth jazz super group. There are amazing grooves and melodies in "Firefly," "All I Wanna Do" and the beautiful "Put Our Hearts Together," which was written as a tribute for the people of Japan following the devastating tsunami.
Today, November 29, is the 11th anniversary of George Harrison's death at age 58. It also happens to be the 10th anniversary of the Concert for George, an event that was co-organized by Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and his close friend Eric Clapton that took place at a packed London's Royal Albert Hall in London.
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.