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Last Wednesday and Thursday, Eric Clapton and His Band headlined the final two nights of the 2013 Baloise Sessions in Basel, Switzerland. On Monday 18 November, Swiss radio SRF3 aired the entire performance from EC's second concert on 14 November. SRF3 has made the entire show available for online listening on their website worldwide. An exclusive video clip of "Layla" and podcast of the show are also on the website, but may not be accessible in all countries. The Swiss radio broadcast runs 101 minutes.
Second of two shows. Eric Clapton will headline the final two evenings of the annual indoor music festival, Baloise Session. One hour from this performance was aired on Swiss radio SRF3 on Monday 18 November 2013 at 21:00.
|Eric Clapton - BBC UK Single 1985|
Tonight was Strat-osph-Eric! It was the best show that I have ever seen, together with the EC-Steve Winwood concert at Bercy, France in 2010. The whole concert was incredible. The highlights in my opinion: Key to the Highway, Hoochie Cochie Man, Got my mojo working, After Midnight, Call me the breeze, Andy Fairweather Low’s Gin House, Paul Carrack’s How Long, the short but excellent acoustic set (Driftin’, Nobody knows you, Layla), a rather heavy Pretending (which I did not hear live since 2006), a fantastic Crossroads and the cream of the cream: a Little Queen of Spades that outcompeted the 2013 RAH version (I thought it was impossible to play it better, well he just did). LQS was so good tonight that I had tears coming in my eyes!
The concert then wrapped up with Cocaine and High time we went as the only encore song. My only slight criticism is that the concert was quite short (1h45m, Knock on wood and Goodnight Irene were not played tonight and not replaced by other songs). I was expecting as least one more song (Further on up the road would have been a perfect ending), but it was largely compensated by the incredible intensity of the whole show.
It should be noted that it takes a full band for such an outstanding concert and that this lineup is really excellent. Andy is a perfect complement to Eric, Dave and Henry are just perfect (Henry managed to give an unusual sound to Wonderful tonight), Chris is fantastic as usual, Sharon and Michelle are indispensable, and Paul is bringing his great sound.
|Eric Clapton - Belgium Single 1974|
Eric Patrick Clapton was born on 30 March 1945 in his grandparents’ home at 1 The Green, Ripley, Surrey, England. He was the son of 16-year-old Patricia Molly Clapton (b. 7 January 1929, d. March 1999) and Edward Walter Fryer (b. 21 March 1920, d. 1985), a 24-year-old Canadian soldier stationed in England during World War II. Before Eric was born, Fryer returned to his wife in Canada.
It was extraordinarily difficult for an unmarried 16-year-old to raise a child on her own in the mid-1940s. Pat’s parents, Rose and Jack Clapp, stepped in as surrogate parents and raised Eric as their own. He grew up believing his mother was his sister. His grandparents never legally adopted him, but remained his legal guardians until 1963. Eric’s last name comes from Rose’s first husband and Pat’s father, Reginald Cecil Clapton (d. 1933).
Eric’s mother, Pat, eventually married and moved to Canada and Germany as her husband, Frank MacDonald, continued his military career. They had two girls and a boy. Eric’s half-brother, Brian, was killed in a road accident in 1974 at the age of 26. His half-sisters are Cheryl (b. May 1953) and Heather (b. September 1958).
Eric was raised in a musical household. His grandmother played piano and his uncle and mother both enjoyed listening to the sounds of the big bands. Pat later told Eric’s official biographer, Ray Coleman, that his father was a gifted musician, playing piano in several dance bands in the Surrey area.
|Eric Clapton - German Single 1970|
By 1958, Rock and Roll had exploded onto the world. For his 13th birthday, Eric asked for a guitar. Finding the inexpensive German-made Hoyer difficult to play - it had steel strings - he put it aside. In 1961, when he was 16, Eric began studying at the Kingston College of Art on a one-year probation. He was expelled at the end of that time for lack of progress as he had not submitted enough work. The reason? Guitar playing and listening to the blues dominated his waking hours.
Typical of his introspective nature, Eric looked beneath the surface and explored the roots of rock in American Blues. The blues also meshed perfectly with his self-perception as an outsider and of being “different” from other people. Sometime in 1962, he asked for his grandparents’ help in purchasing a Ã‚£100 electric double cutaway Kay (a Gibson ES-335 clone) after hearing the electric blues of Freddie King, B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and others.
|Eric Clapton - Netherland Single 1976|
In October 1963, Keith Relf and Paul Samwell-Smith recruited him to become a member of The Yardbirds because Clapton was the most talked about guitar player on the R&B pub circuit. During his 18-month tenure with The Yardbirds, he earned his nickname, Slowhand, and recorded his first albums: Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds. The band also recorded the single, “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl”. But, Eric had not abandoned his serious research into the American Blues. When The Yardbirds began moving towards a more commercial sound with “For Your Love”, he quit. His path in music was the blues.
In April 1965, John Mayall invited Eric to join his band, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. With this group, Clapton established his reputation as a guitarist and earned his second nickname: “God”. It came from an admirer’s graffiti on the wall of London’s Islington Tube Station that boldly proclaimed "Clapton is God." Eric’s time with the band was turbulent and he left for a while to tour Greece with friends. Upon his return from Greece, Eric rejoined the Bluesbreakers. It was during this time that the now classic Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton was recorded. While with the Bluesbreakers, Eric also recorded a one-off four-track session with a band dubbed “The Powerhouse”. This studio band included John Paul Jones, Steve Winwood and Jack Bruce.
|Eric Clapton - Spain Single 1978|
Following Cream’s break-up, Clapton founded Blind Faith - rock’s first “supergroup” - with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech. Disbanding after one album and a disastrous American tour, Eric tried to hide from his growing fame by touring as a sideman with Delaney & Bonnie & Friends. While with this outfit, Eric was encouraged to sing by Delaney Bramlett. He also began composing more. A live album from the Delaney & Bonnie tour was released in 1970. Clapton’s self-titled debut was released that same year.
In the summer of 1970, Eric formed Derek and The Dominos with Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock from Delaney & Bonnie’s band . The Dominos would go on to record the seminal rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. A concept album, its theme revolved around Clapton’s unrequited love for George Harrison’s wife, Patti. The band would drift apart following an American tour and a failed attempt at recording a second album.
Hit hard by the break up of The Dominos, the commercial failure of the Layla album and his unrequited love, Eric sunk into three years of heroin addiction. Although he rarely emerged from his Surrey Estate, he filled box upon box with tapes of songs. He kicked his drug addiction and re-launched his career in January 1973 with two concerts at London’s Rainbow Theater organized by his friend, Pete Townshend (The Who). The concerts represented a turning point in his career. In 1974, he reappeared with a new style and sound with 461 Ocean Boulevard. Eric had become an assured vocalist and composer in addition to a guitar hero.
|Eric Clapton - Yogoslavian Single 1974|
In 1994, Eric returned to his blues roots with the release of From The Cradle. The album was Clapton’s tribute to his musical heroes and contained cover versions of blues classics. 1997 brought an excursion into electronica with the release of TDF's Retail Therapy . Eric posed as X-Sample in the studio “band” TDF. In 1998, he released the soul-influenced Pilgrim, his first album of all new material in nine years. In 2000, he continued his love affair with the blues when he recorded an album with American blues legend, B.B. King. Riding With The King was released in June and within three weeks of release, was certified gold.
Shortly after the release of Riding With The King, Clapton was back in the studio recording his next solo project. Reptile was released in March 2001. In late 2002, he began to record a new studio album. Work continued through the summer of 2003 and enough material was recorded for two albums. In addition to new solo material, Eric recorded covers of Robert Johnson songs during these sessions. The Johnson songs were assembled and in March 2004, Eric’s tribute album, Me and Mr. Johnson was released. The solo material recorded during these sessions was released in 2005 on Back Home.
|Eric Clapton Billboard Advertise 1970|
Eric’s next recording project was to be produced by one of the architects of the “Tulsa Sound,” J.J. Cale. Eric had long admired Cale’s work, having recorded cover versions of “After Midnight,” “Cocaine,” and “Travelin’ Light.” After working in the studio a short time, it turned into a collaborative effort. The Road To Escondido was released on 7 November 2006 to critical acclaim. It won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album (Vocal or Instrumental) at the 50th Annual Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles on 10 February 2008.
In September 2009, Eric released his 19th studio album, Clapton. "Run Back To Your Side", one of the album tracks, received a Grammy nomination for Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance.
In his more than 40 year career, Eric Clapton has received many awards. He is the only triple inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (as a member of both the Yardbirds and Cream and as a solo artist). He has also won or shared in eighteen Grammy Awards.
Eric has also contributed to numerous artists' albums over the decades. The most well known session occurred in September 1968, when he added guitar to George Harrison’s composition, "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." It is on the album, The Beatles (best known as “The White Album”). He can also be heard on albums by Aretha Franklin, Steven Stills, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Plastic Ono Band (John Lennon and Yoko Ono), Ringo Starr, Sting, and Roger Waters.
Eric has always toured extensively performing thousands of concerts around the globe. Recent solo world tours took place in 2001, 2004 and 2006 / 2007 and a 27 date Summer Tour in 2008 which visited the eastern U.S., Canada and Europe. Additionally, in February 2008 Eric performed three concerts with long-time friend Steve Winwood at New York’s Madison Square Garden. EC was on the road extensively in 2009 and 2010. Not only were there solo concerts, but tours with Steve Winwood in the US and Europe, dates with Jeff Beck, and a reunion concert with the Plastic Ono Band. He'll be on the road once again in 2011.
After conquering his heroin addiction in the early 70s, Eric replaced it with an addiction to alcohol. Throughout the remainder of the decade and into the 1980s, his life and work suffered due to his alcoholism. In January 1982, Eric entered the Hazelden Foundation, a rehabilitation facility in the United States. He did backslide but entered rehab a second time a few years later. He has been sober since 1987 through the 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. Since that time, Eric has been committed to working with others who suffer from addictions to drugs and alcohol.
In February 1998, Eric announced the opening of Crossroads Centre, a rehabilitation facility for drug and alcohol abuse on the island of Antigua. One of its principles is to provide subsidized care for some of the poorest people of the Caribbean who can not afford such care on their own. A foundation was established to provide “scholarships” for these individuals. On 24 June 1999, Clapton auctioned 100 of his guitars, including "Brownie" (the guitar on which he recorded “Layla”), at Christie’s Auction House / New York. The 1999 guitar auction netted almost $5 million (US) for the foundation. On 30 June 1999, Clapton hosted a concert to benefit the Centre at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Proceeds from its airing on America’s VH1 and DVD and video sales benefited the Centre. Five years later, Eric planned the second and final major fundraising effort for the Centre. On 4, 5 and 6 June 2004, he hosted the First Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas, Texas. The three day event presented the cream of the world’s guitarists in a benefit event for the Centre. The event was filmed and proceeds from the sale of the DVD also benefit the foundation. Additionally, a second guitar auction took place on 24 June 2004. It raised an additional $6 million for the foundation and included the sale of "Blackie," his legendary Fender Stratocaster and a cherry red Gibson ES335, known as "The Cream Guitar." The Second Crossroads Guitar Festival, with proceeds again benefitting the Crossroads Centre Foundation, took place on 28 July 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. The event was filmed and a DVD was released on 6 November 2007. EC hosted the third festival on 26 June 2010 and was released on DVD in November 2010. A third guitar auction will take place in March 2011.
HOW DID ERIC CLAPTON GET HIS NICKNAME, SLOWHAND?
he Yardbirds’ manager, Giorgio Gomelsky, gave Eric Clapton the nickname “Slowhand” in early 1964.
The Yardbirds rhythm guitarist, Chris Dreja, recalled that whenever Eric Clapton broke a guitar string during a concert, Eric would stay on stage and replace it. The English audiences would wait out the delay by doing a “slow handclap”. [The British colloquialism is "to be given the slowhand".]
Clapton told his official biographer, Ray Coleman, in the mid-80s that “My nickname of 'Slowhand' came from Giorgio Gomelsky. He coined it as a good pun. He kept saying I was a fast player, so he put together the slow handclap phrase into 'Slowhand' as a play on words.”
In a June 1999 online chat, Clapton gave a slightly different version of how his nickname came about: “I think it might have been a play on words from the “Clap” part of my name. In England, in sport, if the crowd is getting anxious, we have a slow handclap, which indicates boredom or frustration. But it wasn’t my idea it was someone else’s comment.”
In Clapton - The Autobiography (2007), Eric had this to say, "On my guitar I used light-gauge guitar strings, with a very thin first string, which made it easier to bend the notes, and it was not uncommon during the most frenetic bits of playing for me to break at least one string. During the pause while I was changing my string, the frenzied audience would often break into a slow handclap, inspiring Giorgio to dream up the nickname of 'Slowhand' Clapton."
2013-11-13 and 14 Event Halle
Messe Basel, Basel, Switzerland
♣ Eric Clapton: guitar, vocal
♣ Andy Fairweather Low: guitar, vocal
♣ Paul Carrack: keyboard, vocal
♣ Henry Spinetti: drums
♣ Chris Stainton: keyboard
♣ Dave Bronze: bass
♣ Michelle John: backing vocal
♣ Sharon White: backing vocal
01. Don't Go to Strangers (JJ Cale)
02. Key to the Highway (Big Bill Broonzy)
03. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man (Willie Dixon)
04. Got My Mojo Workin' (Muddy Waters)
05. Since You Said Goodbye (JJ Cale)
06. After Midnight (JJ Cale)
07. Call Me the Breeze (JJ Cale)
08. Gin House (Harry Burke) [Andy Fairweather Low on vocals]
09. How Long (Paul Carrack) [Paul Carrack on vocals]
10. Driftin' Blues (Johnny Moore's Three Blazers)
11. Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out (Jimmy Cox)
12. Layla (Eric Clapton/Jim Gordon)
13. Pretending (Jerry Lynn Williams)
14. Wonderful Tonight (Eric Clapton)
15. Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
16. Queen of Spades (Robert Johnson)
17. Cocaine (JJ Cale)
18. High Time We Went (Joe Cocker/Chris Stainton)
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