Eric Clapton announced today two concert dates in celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday on March 30, 2015. The shows will take place at New York's famed Madison Square Garden May 1st and 2nd, 2015. This will mark the 46th anniversary since Eric Clapton, with the band Cream, opened the "new" Madison Square Garden on November 2, 1968. Clapton has performed more times at Madison Square Garden than any other U.S. venue, a total of 45 times.
The Blues Foundation has announced the 2015 selection of three living performers to be inducted into its Blues Hall of Fame: Eric Clapton, Tommy Brown and Little Richard. Eric Clapton is the first British musician to be inducted. The foundation said he was tapped for "for his many musical achievements as well as for his role as a popularizer of the entire genre. He brought the blues to audiences in his native Britain and throughout the world, illuminating the work of the original blues artists who inspired him."
The Blues Foundation also noted that "Clapton identified with the power and
Pop sensation Ed Sheeran has broken out a replica of Eric Clapton's Crashocaster at a few high profile gigs of late, including the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last Sunday. It's an apparent homage to Eric's influence on an 11 year-old budding musician. Last summer, Ed told Zane Lowe on MTV Soundchain that "My Dad's record collection was pretty much the first education I had. But when I first picked up an instrument, I watched the Queen's Jubilee in 2002 and Eric Clapton came on stage and played Layla. I was like 'Wow. That was really cool.
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