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Hear Eddie Van Halen Play Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" Guitar Solo Note for Note

For many years—I guess before Eddie Van Halen and "Eruption" came along—Cream's "Crossroads" was THE song to pull out at parties to impress friends, girls, uncles, cousins, neighbors, rescued farm animals, etc.Below, you can hear Van Halen play Eric Clapton's famous guitar solo—pretty much note for note, we might add—during an 1984 interview with Lisa Robinson for a show called The Inside Track... …

Watch the Trailer for 'Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars'

Showtime has revealed the trailer for Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, a documentary the network produced on the life and work of the guitar legend.Life in 12 Bars—which will be screened at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend and premiere on Showtime on February 10, 2018—will be told through Slowhand's own words and music, and will feature interviews with Clapton, his family,... …

Hear Eric Clapton's Isolated Guitar from "Sunshine of Your Love"

Eric Clapton, that guy who (among other things) played lead guitar on Ringo Starr's "Everybody's in a Hurry But Me" in 1983, turns 72 today.Throughout the day, we'll be showcasing several lessons and features dedicated to his influential fretwork with the Yardbirds, Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and beyond. And what better way is there to spotlight someone's playing than with an isolated... …

Eric Clapton's 10 Best Guitar Moments

There was a time when the name Eric Clapton meant one thing and one thing only: guitar god.His six-string exploits with the Yardbirds, followed by a pair of mind-blowing 1966 albums—Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton and Fresh Cream—briefly put the passionate young Clapton atop the U.K.’s, if not the world’s, guitar hierarchy.By the late Sixties, he was sharing the spotlight with such rock... …

Eric Clapton Performs "Sunshine of Your Love" and "Crossroads" at Madison Square Garden

Last night, Eric Clapton kicked off a two-night stand at New York City's Madison Square Garden.Although we'll have a complete concert review for you soon, you might want to check out a few clips from the show, which also featured appearances by Jimmie Vaughan (who turns 66 today) and Gary Clark Jr., Guitar World's current cover star.In the top clip, Clapton performs Cream's "Sunshine of Your... …

March 13, 1965: Eric Clapton Quits The Yardbirds

Fifty years ago today, guitarist Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds. It's one of the best things that ever happened, period.Clapton, a self-declared blues purist, thought the band—which included singer Keith Relf, guitarist Chris Dreja, bassist Paul Samwell-Smith and drummer Jim McCarty—was getting too commercial (Um, didn't he later record a duet with Tina Turner and release the ridiculously... …

Get Ready for a New Eric Clapton Documentary, 'A Life in 12 Bars'

There's a new Eric Clapton documentary in the works.The film, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, will be distributed by Showtime Documentary Films in North America and rolled out at film festivals later this year. In 2018, it will be shown in select theaters and on TV.The director is Fini Zanuck, who made her directorial debut with 1991’s Rush, a drama that was scored by Clapton.A Life in 12 Bars... …

Gary Clark Jr. and William Bell Play "Born Under a Bad Sign" at the Grammys

We have one more bit of Grammys news for you.Amid all the chatter about James Hetfield's uncooperative microphone, the confused house band playing a Metallica tune as Megadeth walked to the stage and Bruno Mars' shred-packed Prince tribute, there was a fine blues performance by Gary Clark Jr. and legendary R&B singer William Bell.The duo played a tight (albiet truncated) version of "Born Under... …

Cream Play "Sunshine of Your Love" on Glen Campbell's Show

Here's another gem from the eternally fascinating world of YouTube.It's Cream's performance of "Sunshine of Your Love" from a July 14, 1968, TV show—a summer replacement for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour—that was hosted by Glen Campbell. Campbell would get his own variety show—The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour—the following January.Anyway, the appearance is noteworthy for a few reasons. First... …

Pure Firepower: Eric Clapton's Bluesbreakers and Cream Fretwork

For most of the past five decades, British guitarist Eric Clapton has been at the forefront of blues/rock guitar playing.Though he has incorporated many different stylistic elements into his music during his long and very successful career, Clapton’s legacy was forged long ago on his brilliance as a virtuoso soloist, and he will long be remembered as one of the most important and influential... …

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