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news from Eric's recent gigs with the Plastic Ono Band and the mini tour with Jeff Beck; plus plenty of previously unpublished photos.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.
Unsigned musicians can enter the Ernie Ball Play Crossroads contest at www.playcrossroads.com to compete for a chance to perform live on the Ernie Ball Village Stage at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 (presented by T-Mobile myTouch 3G), Saturday, June 26 at Toyota Park in Chicago.