Ronnie Scott's is known to music lovers the world over as one of London's preeminent music venues. 2009 marks the club's 50th Anniversary Year, with the actual anniversary day being 30 October. The club's 50th Anniversary Month schedule has a few of Eric Clapton's musical collaborators headlining shows. On 1 October, Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra kick things off. On 25 October, Eric's Cream bandmate, Jack Bruce is a special guest with Ronnie Scott's Blues Experience.
Guitarist and vocalist Andy Fairweather Low is back out on the road with his band, The Low Riders. Andy is a very familiar face to Clapton fans worldwide as he has been an integral part of Eric’s touring and recording bands since 1992. You can catch Andy Fairweather Low and The Low Riders everywhere from The Riga in Southend to Upstairs, Downstairs in Bahrain. There’s even a gig at the Half Moon, Putney in November – the site of more than one Where’s Eric! Readers Party. Andy's tour dates run through 5 December 2009.
Both of Eric Clapton's Cream bandmates will be the subject of new books this fall. The first, Ginger Baker's much-anticipated no-holds-barred autobiography hits store shelves on 5 October 2009 from John Blake Publishing. In Hellraiser, the legendary drummer not only takes readers on an extensive musical journey, but discusses his formative years in South London during World War II, his early dreams of becoming a racing cyclist, to his life today on a ranch in South Africa, his love of polo and everything in between.
On 17 September 2009, Eric Clapton will be Bruce Hornsby’s special guest on the new Jay Leno Show in America. The show airs on NBC-TV affiliates around the country from 10PM. The Jay Leno Show premieres 14 September and will feature humor, celebrity guests, topical news and musical performances. Also expected to appear on the 17 September show is actress Halle Berry.
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