Paul Stewart - eldest son of Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart - and Eric Clapton have recorded a charity single, entitled "Fly Free." Recorded in honour of his father's 70th birthday, a film for the song was also produced by Paul's younger brother, Mark. Both will be available for purchase by download when they are released on 15 November 2009. All moneys raised will be donated to the Formula One charity, The Grand Prix Mechanics' Charitable Trust. The trust was founded by Sir Jackie Stewart and others more than 20 years ago.
2009 StarCards Charity Auction for GOSH Starts 5 November: Bid on an Autographed Eric Clapton Playing Card
Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital (GOSH) in London is holding its annual Starcards Fundraiser from 5 November to 15 November 2009 via an eBay Charity Auction. Each year, StarCards offers a collection of celebrity signed playing cards and other unique items. Among this year's items is a framed photo of Eric Clapton with an autographed two of clubs playing card. Other participating celebrities in include Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Steve Vai, Paul Carrack, Rick Parfitt, Phil Hilborne, Scott Mckeon and Joe Brown.
Universal Music Group will release a double disc Deluxe Edition of the seminal 60s recording John Mayall with Eric Clapton Blues Breakers on 17 November 2009 in the United States. Known affectionately as "The Beano Album," this upcoming U.S. release is identical to the 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition released outside the United States in 2006. Disc One contains both the mono and stereo versions of the album.
As announced on whereseric.com on 23 October 2009, Eric Clapton has cancelled his performance for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Concert on 30 October to undergo a minor medical procedure for gall stones. The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has announced that the Jeff Beck Band will perform in Eric's stead, along with some very special guests at Madison Square Garden this Friday night (30 October).
The dedicated website for the 25th Anniversary Concerts, rockhall25.com, has the following announcement on the show update page: