Eric Clapton celebrates 70 years with Cocaine 17



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Eric Clapton turned 70 this year in May 2015, and to celebrate he played his 200th concert at the Royal Albert Hall celebrating 50 years since he performed on this stage for the first time with Yardbirds in 1964. A video of the special performance has been released this week with Clapton performing ‘Cocaine’, arguably his biggest hit. Watch the clip today of Eric Clapton’s 70th anniversary concert.

Live at the Royal Albert Hall – Slowhand at 70 will screen in cinemas worldwide from September 14.

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  1. I’m a big fan. One of the best Blues musician in my opinion. Though when it comes to concerts, I hear he isn’t one to interact with the crowd.

  2. Been a fan since the mid 60s saw him play with cream on my first holiday without parents in the Isle of Man it would have been 66 or 67 ,but love his guitar playing,especially on the extended version of Layla beautiful!!

  3. Luv Eric Clapton , loved the song cocaine, Layla ,all his music.Great guitar man.

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    • “Cocaine” was written, originally performed by and a hit for Oklahoma-based JJ Cale. Clapton copied virtually everything about JJ’s original. Before JJ died, he and Eric made a collaborative album (JJ had also performed in one of Eric’s “Crossroads” events.

  4. Huge fan. Has got better with age. What he did for George Harrison when he died was unforgettable.

  5. His interview on Red White and Blues – the 7 disc set by Martin Scorsese is interesting. B|

  6. What a whoot!! I’ve been a fan of Eric Clapton since those early years in the Yardbirds…..he is undoubtedly the greatest Guitarist of all time!! I have all the albums of “Cream” (with Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce) in 33rpm vinyl – that took a lot of pocket money to save up for – especially the Grey & Gold pair. He’s been through the ringer over his life, tragically lost one of his young children falling off a balcony in London (Tears in Heaven)…but he’s survived – even made an album with the late BB King…….no one can make those Strings purr like Eric Clapton 🙂

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