“I get the guitar solo and I immediately have to give it away to Robbie!”: Eric Clapton reveals the reason he’s not particularly proud of his Last Waltz performance

Robbie Robertson and Eric Clapton onstage in 1974 dur
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Eric Clapton has revealed that he’s “not particularly proud” of his playing on The Last Waltz, citing an onstage mishap during The Band’s star-studded final performance that he says set him on “automatic pilot” for his guest slot.

In a new interview with YouTube channel The Real Music Observer, Clapton says that when he heard of his friend Robbie Roberton’s recent passing, he decided to revisit The Band’s music. 

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.