Thread: Eric Clapton Health

Lee - 1/11/2018 at 05:45 PM

I guess he isn't at his best. I also heard he is losing his hearing. Sad.

https://www.jambase.com/article/eric-clapton-reveals-health-issues-affectin g-guitar-playing


porkchopbob - 1/11/2018 at 05:58 PM

I'm kind of amazed at any guitarist that made a career in front of stacks of amps is still playing beyond their 70s, between hearing loss and finger dexterity.

Here is a great interview with 87 year-old Sonny Rollins on having to give up playing saxophone due to health issues.

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/jazz-icon-sonny-rollins-on-giving-up-playing -and-his-legacy.html


redhouse1969 - 1/11/2018 at 06:08 PM

quote:
I'm kind of amazed at any guitarist that made a career in front of stacks of amps is still playing beyond their 70s, between hearing loss and finger dexterity.

Here is a great interview with 87 year-old Sonny Rollins on having to give up playing saxophone due to health issues.

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/jazz-icon-sonny-rollins-on-giving-up-playing -and-his-legacy.html


Given Eric's past issues... the high volumes are only a small part of the whole pie... the fact that he is still alive let only playing is remarkable


emr - 1/11/2018 at 06:21 PM

Re: Sonny I sort of figured he stopped touring. Glad I made it to his 80 bday show at the beacon. Him; Ornette Coleman; Roy Haynes. I think at the time they totaled approx. 250 years. What a show - available on CD on Sonny's website


WarEagleRK - 1/11/2018 at 06:39 PM

This Clapton article is from almost two years ago, and he hasn't done that many shows since. He did tons of interviews promoting his last album in 2016 talking about the issues and last year had to move some dates around because he was sick.

However, he does have a few dates scheduled for July so he's still out there and still doing select shows, just not the big tours. He has done some media lately promoting his documentary that is coming out and looked well during those interviews.

A couple of nights ago he did get on stage as a surprise guest.

http://www.whereseric.com/eric-clapton-news/303-eric-clapton-surprise-guest -appearance-charity-bash-guildford

[Edited on 1/11/2018 by WarEagleRK]


porkchopbob - 1/11/2018 at 06:56 PM

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Given Eric's past issues... the high volumes are only a small part of the whole pie... the fact that he is still alive let only playing is remarkable



Well, yeah, the massive drug use kind of goes without saying for a lot of these guys.


stormyrider - 1/11/2018 at 08:11 PM

quote:
I'm kind of amazed at any guitarist that made a career in front of stacks of amps is still playing beyond their 70s, between hearing loss and finger dexterity.

Here is a great interview with 87 year-old Sonny Rollins on having to give up playing saxophone due to health issues.

http://www.vulture.com/2017/12/jazz-icon-sonny-rollins-on-giving-up-playing -and-his-legacy.html


that's a great interview, thanks.
I'm so glad I got the chance to see him perform


Lee - 1/11/2018 at 08:35 PM

quote:
This Clapton article is from almost two years ago, and he hasn't done that many shows since. He did tons of interviews promoting his last album in 2016 talking about the issues and last year had to move some dates around because he was sick.

However, he does have a few dates scheduled for July so he's still out there and still doing select shows, just not the big tours. He has done some media lately promoting his documentary that is coming out and looked well during those interviews.

A couple of nights ago he did get on stage as a surprise guest.

http://www.whereseric.com/eric-clapton-news/303-eric-clapton-surprise-guest -appearance-charity-bash-guildford

[Edited on 1/11/2018 by WarEagleRK]



The article could be two years old, I was just looking for an article about it based on the fact that the story was on the local Chicago news this morning. Actually, the news story was more involved than the article I posted a link to. The broadcast also said even given EC's health, he plans on continuing to play / tour, albeit at a moderate rate.


Shavian - 1/11/2018 at 09:19 PM

At 72 years old, Eric Clapton is due to play Hyde Park and adamant about continuing to work.

Yet the musician has now admitted that he is suffering from deafness and struggling to strum the guitar.

The guitar legend has revealed he's anxious about being able to play the instrument and sing 'proficiently' due to the ailments he has including tinnitus, a ringing coming from inside the ear.

In an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 on Tuesday, Eric shared: 'I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July.

'The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I've got tinnitus, my hands just about work.

'I mean, I am hoping people will come along and see me, me more than I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it's amazing to myself that I am still here.'

The former Cream star was speaking in promotion of his new film, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, which hits cinemas on Friday (12.01.18), and said it's hard to watch the movie in full because it looks back at some tough times he's experienced.

He admitted: 'It's difficult to sit through because it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life.

'I think it's important for people to see that there is a happy ending, it's like a redemption concept. If you are going to go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.'

The 'Layla' hitmaker revealed last year that he's been in pain after damaging his nervous system, which is why he's finding it hard to perform, however, he's 'come to terms with it'.

He said at the time: '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.

'[It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve.'

Clapton, who spent most of the 60s and 70s under the influence of alcohol and drugs until his sobriety in 1987, had said that he would limit the number of concerts he does to avoid 'embarrassing himself'.

He said: 'What I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don't want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself.'

Last March, Eric was forced to pull out of two gigs in Los Angeles at short notice because of 'severe bronchitis'.

The 71-year-old star, lauded by many as one of the world's greatest guitarists, said he was 'very sorry' for having to postpone the shows following doctor's orders.

'Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor's advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling this weekend's two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles,' read a statement released on the Tears In Heaven hitmaker's behalf.

During Tuesday's interview, he admitted at the height of his alcoholism he would drink a self-made potent cocktail to mask just how much booze he was sinking.

The 72-year-old music legend managed to kick his addiction to drink and his abuse of prescription drugs, cocaine and heroin many years ago and in 1998 he founded the Crossroads Centre on Antigua, a medical facility for recovering addicts.

Clapton openly admits his binge drinking at its worse was out of control and he would often mix super-strength Carlsberg Special Brew lager with spirit vodka creating a strange brew to satisfy his insatiable thirst for alcohol.

He shared: 'For at least 20 years I was a basket case, and that is putting it lightly. I drank more than you can imagine, a Special Brew with vodka. It looked like you were just drinking larger, but in fact, you weren't.'

However, the 'Layla' hitmaker believes his battles with substance abuse were beneficial to his blues inspired rock music as he was able to channel his struggles and pain into his songs.

Clapton - who is a three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, once as a solo artist and as a member of The Yardbirds and also Cream - added: 'There is no doubt. I went into a cave of self-pity and despair and the only thing that was the light at the end of the tunnel was this music.'

(Daily Mail)


dadof2 - 1/11/2018 at 09:54 PM

i watched/listened to this show yesterday-not his greatest show or greatest band-but at about the sixth song in,EC tears into his guitar with a raw energy of great intensity...something he barely can touch in the shows i've seen the last few years...but he's EC & i'm always interested to listen to that sweet tone...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dkcm8C7WpPc


Fretsman - 1/11/2018 at 10:04 PM

I believe Pete Townsend has been suffering from ear issues for decades. I remember seeing the 1989 tour at Giants Stadium in Jersey where the guitar player from Atomic Rooster handled a lot of the electric guitar work while Pete played both acoustic and electrics for the show and it was fabulous. Mere mortals we are even if some seem larger than life.


hankpipes - 1/11/2018 at 10:44 PM

A few weeks ago it was announced Eric was to headline this years Greenwich Town Party. I was kind of shocked to read this, aware of the fact that he was being more selective about his performances because of many declining health issues. They must be writing him one helluva check for this gig.


harvey - 1/12/2018 at 12:32 AM

Just think how bad his tinnitus would have been if he had played with Dickey on a regular basis ...


Chain - 1/13/2018 at 03:34 AM

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Just think how bad his tinnitus would have been if he had played with Dickey on a regular basis ...


Funny you mention Dickey. For some reason I find some similarities between Dickey and Ginger Baker....Both loud as f*ck, masterful musicians, temperamental, etc... So in a sense, he has played with Dickey...


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