Eric Clapton Schedule
Rolling Stone named him the "fourth greatest guitarist of all time," and currently he is
the only triple inductee of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is the iconic Eric Clapton. Clapton has been captivating millions
of fans worldwide for decades with songs like Layla and Tears in Heaven.
Fortunately for Clapton fans, the 18-time Grammy
Award winner is hitting the road and is scheduled to perform at the Mud Island Amphitheatre in Memphis, Tennessee, in April
of this year.
To stay on top of all of Eric Clapton's upcoming shows, all you need to do is stick right here on StubHub.
Eric Clapton Background
As one of the greatest living legend musicians in history, Eric Clapton was born in England,
under bizarre circumstances. Born to a teenage mother and a father, who was already married, Clapton was raised under the
impression that his grandparents were his parents, and his mother was his older sister.
He grew up surrounded by music.
His grandmother was a talented pianist, and his uncle and mother possessed a passion for music of the big band era. Clapton
also learned that his absent father was also a talented pianist, who played in multiple dance bands while he was based in
Surrey. At the tender age of eight, Clapton found out the truth about his family. Later on, he reflected on the moment, and
said, "The truth dawned on me, that when Uncle Adrian jokingly called me a little bastard, he was telling the truth."
discovery had a big impact on him. Once an easygoing, well-liked boy, Clapton became withdrawn and reserved and lost all of
his drive to concentrate on his schoolwork. Clapton ended up bombing a set of weighted exams that decided his admission to
secondary school. Fortunately, he demonstrated a high propensity for art, so he was accepted at the Holyfield Road School's
art branch when he was 13.
By that time, in 1958, rock and roll had eclipsed the music scene in Britain. And, for his
13th birthday, he added a guitar to his wishlist. He got an inexpensive German-made Hoyer, a steel-stringed guitar. Clapton
found it hard to play, so the gift was soon cast aside. It wasn't until three years later when he attended the Kingston College
of Art that he was inspired by his musical peers to pick up the instrument again. Clapton was especially fascinated with blues
musicians Muddy Waters, Alexis Korner and Robert Johnson.
Clapton's heroes even moved him to buy his very first electric
guitar, which was still pretty uncommon in England.
After he was done with school in 1963, Clapton frequented the West
End of London in hopes of breaking into the music business as a guitarist. That year, he became a member of The Roosters,
his first band, but they split after just a few years. He then became a member of Casey Jones and The Engineers but exited
that band after just a few weeks. Since he wasn't able to survive on his music alone, Clapton was employed as a laborer at
Eventually, Clapton cemented his reputation as a respected guitarist on the West End pub scene,
and in the fall of 1963, he was asked to join the Yardbirds. As part of this group, Clapton hit the mainstream with songs
like For Your Love and Good Morning Little Schoolgirl. But he wasn't satisfied for long. Clapton grew discouraged with the
commercial pop sound, and he went his own way in 1965.
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers welcomed Clapton to their
group later on in 1965. They cut an album in 1966 titled, The Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, which further corroborated
Clapton's rep as one of the finest guitarists of the era. The album is still deemed today as one of the best blues albums
But even though the record was a hit, Clapton left that band as well and collaborated with Ginger Baker
(drummer) and Jack Bruce (bassist) to found the band, Cream. With Cream, Clapton pushed the envelope with his guitar with
Cream's take on blues classics like Spoonful and Crossroads. It wasn't long before Cream catapulted to fame, especially after
coming out with albums like Fresh Cream (1966); Disraeli Gears (1967); and Wheels of Fire (1968).
Yet, Cream broke up
as well, citing creative differences and opposing egos as the motivation.
Blind Faith was the next group he established,
but after just one album and a catastrophic American tour, they disbanded. By the time 1970 had rolled around, Clapton founded
Derek and the Dominos. Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs claimed a pivotal spot in rock history. At the time, the album
was considered to be a commercial bomb and in its wake, Clap fell apart and developed an addiction to heroin.
he was able to kick his drug habit and resurfaced in 1974 with two performances at the Rainbow Theater in London planned by
his pal Pete Townshend of famous band, The Who. Later on in 1974, 461 Ocean Boulevard arrived with the song, I Shot the Sheriff,
in tow. The album launched a highly successful solo career for Clapton as he composed and recorded hit album after hit album
like - No Reason to Cry (1976) and Slowhand (1977).
Between losing a child and battling alcoholism, Clapton fell into
another downward spiral, but with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, he was finally able to quit drinking and has maintained
his sobriety ever since.
Today, he continues to record music and tour tirelessly while also devoting time to charity
Eric Clapton Trivia
Did you know that the music of Eric Clapton has been featured in several TV
shows and movies? He has made contributions to movie soundtracks that date back as far as 1973, with Mean Streets. He's also
had songs included in Lethal Weapon 2, Back to the Future, Goodfellas, Men in Black III and more.
Why would you even think about missing an opportunity to see one of the best guitarists who has
ever walked this earth perform live? That's right; Eric Clapton is getting set to rock the stage with his famous tunes like
Layla, Cocaine and Wonderful Tonight. Seeing Eric Clapton perform live is a once-in-a-lifetime event, and lucky for you, tickets
are on sale now to catch him in person. Don't wait, and reserve your tickets now through StubHub!