Fresh off sold out shows from across the globe and strong critical acclaim for recent performances with Jeff Beck and Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton announced four solo shows immediately following his highly anticipated Crossroads Guitar Festival this summer which sold-out in just 11 minutes. The final shows of his 2010 U.S. tour will be his only outdoor concerts and will feature special guest Roger Daltrey. Most recently, Daltrey completed his first solo tour in nearly 25 years to rave reviews.
The Guitar Center, a supporter of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 presented by T-Mobile my Touch, is currently running a contest in their U.S. stores and on guitarcenter.com. One grand prize winner will receive a V.I.P. trip for two to the Crossroads 2010 Guitar Festival presented by T-Mobile my Touch, a custom one-of-a-kind Crossroads Fender guitar, a $500 Guitar Center shopping spree, a T-Mobile my Touch 3G Fender limited edition phone with 3 months service, an Ernie Ball prize pack and more.
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.