Ranked amongst the greatest music artists of all time, Eric Clapton is nothing short of a legend. Throughout his career, he has continuously re-defined rock and blues in his own way and has caught the attention of millions the world over with precision in his music. The famous 60s slogan, “Clapton is God” doesn’t even begin to capture his god like status among his fans. Spawning one hit after another, Clapton did not let down his fans and did justice to his “rock, blues divinity”.
The English guitarist, singer and songwriter and the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Eric Clapton, CBE is preparing for his upcoming performances – much to the delight of his fans. If you want to check out what this legend is up to, you need to get your hands on these Eric Clapton tickets at the earliest!
Early Life and Music
Born in Surrey, England, in 1945, Eric Clapton was raised by his teenage, single mother and his grandparents. He grew up under the impression that his mother was his older sister and his grandparents were his parents. Growing up in a musical household exposed Clapton to a variety of music. He got a guitar for his thirteenth birthday and by the age of 16, Clapton had mastered the instrument to an extent where he was beginning to get noticed. Around this time, he began giving small performances in pubs around Surrey with David Brock, another blues enthusiast. At 17, he joined his first band called the Roosters.
Early Music and the Many Groups
In 1963, Clapton became a part of another group, the Yardbirds, after parting ways with the Roosters. It was during this time that Clapton formed a unique style of his own and became one of the most talked about guitarists in British music. Clapton also got a chance to perform at the Royal Albert Hall in London alongside the Yardbirds, a venue where he has now performed more than 200 times.
His breakthrough moment came with the song, “For Your Love”, with the Yardbirds. But right after this, as the band decided to move towards a more pop-oriented sound, Clapton parted ways with the group. After this, he joined another group in 1965, called John Mayall & the Bluebreakers. He remained with the group for a year and then left to join another band called Cream. With this group, Clapton achieved new heights of success in the 28 months he was with them. Within this time, the group sold millions of records and played multiple shows in the US and Europe. The band parted ways due to internal disputes between the members.
After Cream, Clapton joined another group in 1969, called Blind Faith. He continued to perform with other groups as well, such as Delaney and Bonnie and Friends and at one point even John Lennon.
After being a part of multiple groups and a rollercoaster of difficult times, Eric Clapton made a comeback with help from his friend, Pete Townshend of The Who. In 1974, he recorded and released 461 Ocean Boulevard that included the no. 1 hit “I Shot the Sheriff”.
Tragedy struck when Clapton’s four-year old son died after falling out the window of the 53rd floor of his mother’s friend’s apartment. He talks about the grief that overcame him in his song “Tears in Heaven”. For this single, he won six Grammys. The album, Unplugged, was certified Diamond and “Tears in Heaven” won the 1992 MTV Video Music Award for the Best Male Video.
Clapton has cited multiple artists as influences on his work, including Muddy Waters, Albert King, Freddie King and Buddy Guy among others. The musician has listed Robert Johnson as the single most important influence on his work.
The lyrical content of Clapton’s work has been greatly influenced by the multiple tragedies that he has faced all throughout his life.
Awards and Honors
With 23 solo studio albums, 18 compilation albums, 14 live albums and 26 singles, it comes as no surprise that the list of awards and honors for Eric Clapton is equally long. He was presented with the Silver Clef Award for his outstanding contribution to British music in 1983. He has also received a BAFTA Award for the Best Original Television Music in 1985. Clapton has won three Grammy awards in the categories of the Song of the Year, Best Rock Vocal Performance and Album of the Year and in total he has won 18 Grammy Awards. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in 2000.
Clapton was given one of the highest honors in Britain, when he was promoted to Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2004 at the Buckingham Palace.
He was also awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2006, as part of the band, Cream.
His most recent achievement is becoming the Commandeur of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France in 2017.
Eric Clapton Tour Tickets
Tickets for Eric Clapton concerts sell out faster than you would imagine. If you are lucky, you can get these Eric Clapton tour tickets now, for his upcoming shows in 2017 and 2018. If you want to experience what raw emotion really feels like, the bluesy tunes of Eric Clapton are just the thing for you. His calm, on stage presence, with no flashy dance moves, will soothe your soul and leave you wanting more of the gentle melodies of this legend. And with talk of retirement going around, you never know whether you will get such a chance again. So, don’t wait, get your tickets here!