Eric Clapton revealed Tuesday (Jan. 9) that he is losing his hearing and was diagnosed with tinnitus.
Tinnitus is “the perception of noise or ringing in the ears,” according to Mayo Clinic. It is often a symptom of a more severe condition, such as hearing loss or an ear injury.
“I am still going to work. I’m doing a few gigs,” the 72-year old guitarist said in an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 while discussing his documentary, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars. “I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient. I mean, I’m going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me for more than that [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.”
Clapton also suffers with peripheral neuropathy, which causes weakness and pain in hands and feet, making it difficult to play guitar. The legend, however, still has some concerts lined up in New York and Los Angeles in March 2018.
Fans can catch Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars February 10 on Showtime.
It’s getting harder every day for Eric Clapton to play his guitar.
Clapton recently stated that nerve damage is making performing “hard work” and that there is little chance that it is going to get better.
“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy – which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg. And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old.”
“I can still play. I mean, it’s hard work sometimes, the physical side of it – just getting old, man, is hard.”
Clapton has had one of the greatest careers of the last sixty years, playing with the Yardbirds, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos along with his own illustrious solo career. Although he had numerous battles with both alcohol and drugs, he has managed to battle through and has been in recovery for a number of years. One of his greatest non-music achievements has been the founding of the Crossroads Centre in Antigua for recovering substance abusers.
“Because I’m in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all. By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance.”
Reunites with esteemed slowhand producer Glyn Johns
Music legend Eric Clapton has reunited with famed producer Glyn Johns for his forthcoming 23rd studio album I Still Do, set for release on May 20, 2016. Clapton and Johns – who has also produced albums for The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and The Who – most famously worked together on Clapton’s iconic Slowhand album, which is RIAA-certified 3x-platinum and topped charts globally. The 12-track record includes some original songs written by Clapton. This album follows his last release, the 2014 chart-topping Eric Clapton & Friends: The Breeze, An Appreciation of JJ Cale.
“This was a long and overdue opportunity to work with Glyn Johns again, and also, incidentally, the fortieth anniversary of 'Slowhand'!” said Eric Clapton.
The album’s artwork – a carefully crafted illustration of Clapton – is the work of esteemed artist Sir Peter Blake, whose previous art includes the co-design of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album sleeve, as well as the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?,” Paul Weller’s Stanley Road and The Who’s Face Dances. I Still Do features Blake’s signature at the bottom right corner of the cover.
After his time with the Yardbirds in 1963, Clapton began a career as a professional musician that has seen numerous bands, an abundance of albums, countless worldwide sold out shows, an impressive array of accolades, unwavering critical acclaim and his consistent display of legendary guitar work. Clapton’s career, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
ALBUM TRACK LISTING
Alabama Woman Blues
Can’t Let You Do It
I Will Be There
Catch The Blues
Little Man, You’ve Had a Busy Day
Stones In My Passway
I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
I’ll Be Alright
I’ll Be Seeing You
NEWS / De legendarische Britse gitarist Eric Clapton is door een Franse rechtbank veroordeeld tot de betaling van een som van 15.000 euro aan de familie van schilder Emile Frandsen, wiens schilderij prijkt op de hoes van het album "Layla" uit 1970.
De familie van de Franse schilder van Deense oorsprong beschuldigt Clapton ervan dat hij het schilderij gebruikt heeft bij het uitbrengen van een collectors box in 2011. De box kwam er naar aanleiding van het veertigjarige bestaan van de plaat met Derek and the Dominos.
Op de box prijkt, zoals op de originele plaat, het schilderij "La jeune fille au bouquet" (jonge vrouw met boeket nvdr.) Echter: op de verzamelbox is het kunstwerk ook te zien in drie dimensies. Bovendien zaten binnenin ook een sticker met het schilderij en een reproductie in karton. De familie van de in 1969 overleden schilder oordeelde dat dit een brug te ver was en klaagde Clapton aan omdat hij het schilderij "gedenatureerd" of misvormd had. De Franse rechter ging daar in mee.
Clapton kreeg het schilderij in 1970 van de zoon van de schilder, die Derek and the Dominos onderdak had gegeven in Valbonne. Ze gebruikten het enkele maanden later voor de release van het bewuste album. (Bron: Belga)