In the Spring 2010 edition of the trade magazine, BMI MusicWorld, it was announced that Eric Clapton received another BMI Million Air Certificate at ceremonies held in London on 6 October 2009. Million Air Certificates are presented to songwriters in recognition of songs which receive two million or more U.S. radio and television performances. At the 2009 Awards event, the certificate was presented to Eric to acknowledge 5 Million performances of "Wonderful Tonight". BMI has noted that one million back-to-back performances of a three-minute song would take 5.7 years.
When Eric Clapton was in New York City not too long ago, he stopped by the Guitar Center's Manhattan store for an interview with the retailer's online blog. He also reunited that day with his beloved Fender Stratocaster, Blackie, which was purchased by the Guitar Center in 2004 at Eric's second guitar auction. The auction raised funds for Crossroads Centre Antigua (an alcohol and drug treatment centre) founded by Clapton in 1997. In the interview EC dishes on Stratocasters, Les Pauls, 335s, Blackie, and the upcoming Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.
Where's Eric! Issue 41 is back from the printers. It will begin dropping through U.K. letterboxes around 7 April, but can take a few weeks to reach the more distant parts of the globe. The issue is chock-full of new, exclusive interviews with Buddy Guy, Abe Laboriel, Jr., and Steve Gadd; a 2008 / 2009 concert appearance and guest spot round-up; news from Eric's recent gigs with the Plastic Ono Band and the mini tour with Jeff Beck; plus plenty of previously unpublished photos. Where's Eric! is available only by three issue subscription.
Eric Clapton will headline the 43rd annual Milwaukee Summerfest on 28 June 2010, two days after his third Crossroads Guitar Festival takes place at Chicago's Toyota Park. The show takes place in the Marcus Ampitheater and starts at 7:30pm. Tickets for this concert go on sale 10 April at 12 noon (time local to venue) from Ticketmaster via phone to 1-800-448-7849 or from ticketmaster.com. Roger Daltrey will warm up the Summerfest crowd for Eric.