Music » Livewire

Eric Clapton

With Robert Randolph & the Family Band. Saturday, July 10, at Gund Arena.

by

comment
Forever, for Eric Clapton, is apparently a relative term. No doubt to the delight of his fans, Ol' Slowhand's 2001 "farewell" tour was really just his way of saying "See you later."

Clapton hit the road again last month, kicking things off with the three-day Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas. It was a megafeast of vintage-guitar exhibits, clinics, and jams manned by a spectrum of Clapton's favorite players (from Robert Lockwood to Pat Metheny), with a Who's Who lineup packed in between. The fest and ensuing tour have shaken loose some serious jack in the name of Clapton's pet charity: the Crossroads Centre, the addiction-treatment center he established in Antigua in 1998. Crossroads was also the beneficiary of an auction of axes donated by Clapton and friends at Christie's New York during the tour's Madison Square Garden stop; a $7 million-plus take was highlighted by the price paid for "Blackie," Clapton's vintage '57 Stratocaster, which reportedly garnered $959,500.

Clapton's return to the stage coincides with another of his periodic returns to the blues for inspiration. And thanks to the tour, his recently released tribute/romp Mr. Johnson and Me has enjoyed a second wind on the Billboard album chart. Next time Slowhand says he's done, don't believe him.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at news@clevescene.com.

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.