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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... …

Take a Dip in "Sour Milk Sea," a 1968 Track Featuring Three Beatles and Eric Clapton

The most famous thing Jackie Lomax, a former member of a Liverpool band called the Undertakers, was ever involved in is the recording of "Sour Milk Sea." The song, which was released in 1968, is legendary because it is very nearly a Beatles recording.Like a lot of Beatles songs, "Sour Milk Sea" was recorded—in the Sixties—at Abbey Road Studios in London. Also like a lot of Beatles songs, it was... …

Historic Eric Clapton Strat: “The Heir to Blackie” Goes on Sale

In 2004, when Eric Clapton’s coveted black Fender Stratocaster, "Blackie," sold at Christies at a then-record-breaking price of $959,500, the guitar world was astounded. That Strat was Clapton’s favorite “sidekick” for more than 15 years and was adored—and heard—by guitar fans around the world.In the years since, guitars have sold into the millions of dollars, but the sale of Blackie at nearly ... …

October 16, 1992: Eric Clapton Turns a Bob Dylan Tune Into a Blues Guitar Tour de Force

Twenty-five years ago today (October 16, 1992), a truly ridiculous amount of talent packed into New York City's Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan's then-30-year-old recording career.The concert, which was called the 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration, featured top talent of the day (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, John Cougar Mellencamp, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder and Mike McCready),... …

John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards Play the Beatles' "Yer Blues"

On September 13, 1969, John Lennon performed at Varsity Stadium in Toronto, Canada, with a hastily assembled backing band.The band, which performed under the "Plastic Ono Band" moniker, included Eric Clapton on lead guitar, Klaus Voorman on bass and future Yes member Alan White on drums. Oh, right; Yoko Ono was there too ...The band rehearsed twice—once during the flight from London to Toronto... …

Exploring Eric Clapton's Collaborations with The Beatles, Part 2

Sometime in early 1968, when the Beatles' George Harrison invited Cream's Eric Clapton to play guitar on a tune—a psychedelic instrumental rocker that would wind up on Harrison's Wonderwall Music album—a great classic-rock tradition was born.For the next five decades—or at least through 2013—Clapton and his guitar would wind up in recording studios with the Beatles. And, of course, by "the... …

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,... …

Craft Recordings Announces Five-Disc John Lee Hooker Box Set

In honor of John Lee Hooker's 100th birthday, Craft Recordings has announced King of the Boogie, a comprehensive, five-disc box set of the late blues legend's greatest hits, plus some rarities, live recordings and numerous previously unreleased cuts.Two of the discs have themes, with the fourth disc dedicated to live recordings and the fifth disc dedicated to collaborations. The latter includes... …

Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck Perform "Farther Up the Road" in 1981

Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton have performed together several times over the years. They've even toured together.But in terms of pure entertainment value, I haven't found anything as enjoyable than the clip at the bottom of this story.It's from the Secret Policeman's Other Ball, a benefit show that took place September 9, 1981, at the Drury Lane Theatre in London. The show was produced by John... …

Guest Starrs: The Top Five Guitar Moments on Ringo Starr Songs

Former Beatle Ringo Starr turns 77 today, July 7, 2017.I figured I'd celebrate this most joyous of occasions by gathering up five songs that feature some of the best guitar work to be found on Ringo's solo albums. After all, from 1970's Sentimental Journey through 2015's Postcards from Paradise, Ringo's albums have featured guest appearances by several talented guitarists, including George... …

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