Originally started to raise money for Eric Clapton's drug clinic in the Caribbean, the "Crossroads Guitar Festival" is now considered an institution where the best guitarists on the planet get together. Now Clapton, who has just released the respectable old work "I Still Do", draws an impressive interim balance of "his" festival with the elaborate three-CD box set "Crossroads Revisited". The idea was born from an embarrassment: Eric Clapton, after all one of the wealthiest rock musicians of the scene, needed money. Not for himself personally, but for a project that was close to his heart. In 1998, the "Crossroads Centre" addiction clinic on the Caribbean island of Antigua, initiated by the once alcoholic and heroin-addicted guitarist, opened its doors after five years of planning, preparation and construction. However, the necessary funds were lacking to finance the ongoing operation of the clinic.
After the album "Old Sock" you had to seriously worry about where Eric Clapton's path would lead. Without any concept and almost without any momentum, the guitar icon was hanged in 2013 by a collection of songs, which with a lot of benevolence went through as background music for old men's evenings. With the motivated J.J.-Cale-Tribute-Album "The Breeze" it went thank God uphill again, and also on his current longplayer "I Still Do" Clapton sounds pleasantly fresh.
Not only the Rolling Stones have been in the business for half a century, Eric Clapton also celebrates his 50th anniversary as a member of the Yardbirds: The guitarist's first professional engagement took place in October 1963. It was the beginning of a long journey that led him again and again to Crossroads, and it was the years in which he set the course for his unique career, which is still valid today.
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They are among the most celebrated rock guitarists in the world. They once played in the same band, though not at the same time. After their departure from the Yardbirds, the careers of Jeff Beck (65) and Eric Clapton, who turns 65 on March 30, developed completely differently. eclipsed traces the paths of the fundamentally different (musician) characters, visited one of the rare joint concerts in London, spoke with Mr. Beck himself and interviewed numerous fellow musicians about their eternal rivals.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.