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Eric Clapton

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    November 12, 2014

    Derek Trucks Keeps It All In the Family Band

    For many a bluesman, standing at the Crossroads is a mostly apocryphal experience, the stuff of myth and legends. But when Rocks Off reached Derek Trucks at his New York hotel room last month, the myth is quite real. In a few days, he'll take the stage with the Allman Brothers Band for their annual ... More >>

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    August 15, 2014

    Even at 80, British Blues Legend John Mayall Is "Always On Tour"

    At 80 years old, the "Godfather of British Blues" has certainly earned the opportunity to relax. Or slow down. Or stop performing all over the world at all. But when asked as to what his plans are after his current tour, John Mayall seems perplexed, as if it signals the end of one thing and the cons ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    Ultimate Power-Trio Bassist Jack Bruce Steps On the Silver Rails

    He's best known to the average classic-rock fan for the scant time in the '60s, fewer than three years, that he spent singing and playing bass for a quiet little trio named Cream, alongside subdued guitarist Eric Clapton and noted shy-guy drummer Ginger Baker. But Jack Bruce has certainly had a mult ... More >>

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    March 10, 2014

    Bob Dylan's Star-Studded "Halftime Show" Gets Deluxe Treatment

    "Thanks Bob! Thanks for having Bob Fest!" Neil Young enthuses at one point during his set at the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert. And though methinks that the October 1992 show at Madison Square Garden paying tribute to the Bard of Hibbing was due more to the planning of Columbia Records than t ... More >>

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    January 17, 2014

    Ever Wonder How Eric Clapton Got So Laid-Back?

    In the fall of 1974, Jamie Oldaker was a 22-year-old drummer riding in the backseat of a car with a girl he met at a club. And he wanted to get to know her a little bit, uh, better. While the couple was tooling down the streets of his native Tulsa, Okla., a song came on the radio with a lazy, sync ... More >>

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    August 8, 2013

    The World's 10 Finest Superstar Musical Collaborations

    Well, folks, it appears we're getting a Superman/Batman movie whether we like it or not. Comics fanboy and Frank Miller obsessive Zack Snyder broke the news a couple weeks back at San Diego Comic-Con that his big-budget sequel to Man of Steel will find a way to shoehorn in the Dark Knight. A much mo ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    Remembering J.J. Cale, Architect of Laid-Back "Tulsa Sound"

    In his 2007 memoir Clapton: The Autobiography, Eric Clapton wrote that John Weldon "J.J." Cale "is one of the most important artists in the history of rock, quietly representing the greatest asset his country has ever had." Cale, who was 74, died last Friday night in La Jolla, Calif. after sufferin ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    The Grandma Drummer and Other Awesome Elderly Musicians

    Ask a young person what they think of old people, and you'll typically get a wide range of responses, all negative. For better or worse, America and most industrialized nations have moved past the elder worship of our ancestors, now preferring everyone to be between the ages of 18 and 35, and leavin ... More >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Eric Clapton's Life Under a Musical Microscope

    Eric Clapton Day by Day -- The Early Years: 1963-1982 By Marc Roberty Backbeat Books, 352 pp., $39.99 Make no mistake: Any rock bio with the subtitle "Day by Day" is not going to appeal to the casual fan. Nope, these series are for the obsessives who want full and detailed documentation on their ob ... More >>

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    March 18, 2013

    Saturday Night: Eric Clapton at Toyota Center

    Eric Clapton, the Wallflowers Toyota Center March 16, 2013 As the house lights went up on the near-capacity crowd at the Toyota Center, there was an audible collective gasp. Thousands of concertgoers looked at each other with wide, stunned eyes. Could this be possible? Was it a cruel joke? Would i ... More >>

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    March 15, 2013

    Opening for Clapton Makes the Wallflowers Glad All Over

    When listeners first heard the hypnotic, disco-inflected "Reboot the Mission," the first single off the Wallflowers' recent Glad All Over CD, they could probably be forgiven for the momentary shock. But upon closer listen, the song's roots were more firmly planted in Clash numbers like "The Magnific ... More >>

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    November 22, 2012
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    November 15, 2012
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    November 5, 2012

    The Song Is a Lie: The White (Lie) Album

    Song titles should speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. Take it from me, I'm the guy who co-wrote "You Cannot Kill David Arquette" and he's still completely undeniably alive despite multiple ninja attacks. That's called credibility, children, and you might want to take notes. ... More >>

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    August 22, 2012

    Digital Endorsement: 10 Artists Who Will Gladly Mention Your Business On Twitter

    As a culture it appears that we've stopped caring about the idea of selling out. Whether it's because we've learned that record sales don't always pay the bills, have started seeing artists as humans instead of paragons of creative integrity, or simply stopped caring, artists saddling up with corpor ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    Six-String Pawn Stars: Top 10 Famous Stolen Guitars

    Tom Petty got a real kick in the balls late last week when he discovered that his vintage blond 1967 12-string Rickenbacker and his Gibson SGTV Junior had been stolen from a California soundstage where the Heartbreakers had been rehearsing for an upcoming tour. Three other vintage guitars owned by b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2012

    Don't Play It Again, Sam: More Terrible Remakes Of Great Songs (By The Original Artists)

    Rocks Off covered Eric Clapton's "Layla" and several other awful updates in January. Sometimes an artist hits it big with one great song. Real big, real fast. Before they know it, they're the hot-button item, on the lips of the hip and influential across the world. Of course, a sudden rise to fame ... More >>

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    April 4, 2012

    Tears In Heaven: The 10 Best Songs To Come Out Of Tragedy

    Since the dawn of time, great art has been birthed out of great tragedy, happening numerous times with playwrights, artists, and musicians. In many ways, expressing grief through music serves as a healing agent that gets the artist through tough things such as the loss of a loved one. It also helps ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    A Very Special Message: The 10 Best Rock-Star Public Service Announcements

    Ever since the Ad Council introduced the "Rosie the Riveter" poster, public service announcements have either warned us of the dangers of such risky behaviors as having unsafe sex, as well as reasons you should vote, or even to spay and neuter your pets. As rock and roll became more popular, artists ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    5 Most Needless Song Updates

    We got into rock journalism from being a local musician, so we understand both sides of the industry pretty well. We've recorded songs that later-on we wish we'd done very differently, and the temptation to go back and re-try for perfection can be very overpowering. Take it from us, though, do not f ... More >>

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    January 10, 2012

    Five on Five: Fender vs. Gibson, Who Had the Better Players?

    ​For guitar players, it's an age old question: are you a Fender guy or a Gibson guy? Over the years since both companies became popular in rock music, many other guitar manufacturers have made inroads, but none have been able to surpass the power and tradition of these two giants in the guitar ... More >>

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    November 10, 2011

    And, Uh, Um, OOPS: The Third Members Of Great Musical Trios You Probably Can't Name

    ​Last night we all watched as Governor Rick Perry blanked on the third department he would do away with if he was elected president. It was one of those moments - a la Scanners - when we all tensely waited for his head to explode, figuratively. Of course we love the guy and he's too precious t ... More >>

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    June 24, 2011

    Top 10 Songs To Leave Out Of Your Wedding Reception

    ​'Tis the summer season for tying the knot. But curse the occasion for creating the ultimate breeding ground for bad music - wedding receptions. It's one thing to unplug the jukebox in an act of defiance or flee a venue playing bad songs (I've done all of the above), but one doesn't exactly h ... More >>

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    May 25, 2011

    Bobby Whitlock: Derek's Main Domino Dishes On Layla & More

    Derek & the Dominos​It's been an active, and retroactive, time for singer-songwriter/keyboardist Bobby Whitlock, best known as one of the playing pieces in the Eric Clapton-led group Derek and the Dominos, along with bassist Carl Radle (who died in 1980) and drummer Jim Gordon, currently in pr ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    Who's Too Old To Rock & Roll?

    ​It's entirely possible that the Rolling Stones and Paul McCartney will each go on tour this year. With ages ranging from 63 to 69 among the four remaining core Stones, the band is obviously the oldest continuing touring rock act, capable of breaking ticket records almost 50 years into the gam ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    The Best Concert Movies Of All Time

    ​A quick note before CHL starts this hlist. We define a concert movie as a flick that documents one or more shows on a tour. More narrative-oriented rock flicks like D.A. Pennebaker's Bob Dylan mash note Don't Look Back, Charles Peterson's grunge chronicle Hype!, and of course the lighthearted ... More >>

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    October 20, 2010

    Six Songs That Shoot First, Ask Questions Later

    ​If there's one musician whose advice is worth heeding, it ought to be Johnny Cash. But when the Man in Black sang "Don't Take Your Guns To Town," a whole lot of musicians must not have been listening. Perhaps they were tuning in one of Cash's other songs that takes a different point of view - ... More >>

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    September 15, 2010

    Music's Top 10 Biggest Post-Drug Comebacks

    ​The list of drug casualties in rock and roll is a long and sad one. All the suicides, car crashes and the stray gang-related murder are outweighed by the amount of people who just can't stop putting junk into their system, or at least moderate it to a point where they aren't lying cold on a h ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010

    The greatest of guitar greats dazzle during a two-hour film documentary

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    April 26, 2010

    iFest Closes To An Afro-Cuban-Reggae Beat

    Eggs/ breakfastontour.comBaba Maal​ If the first weekend of the Houston International Festival felt like a detour down Canal Street, the second evoked the festival's emphasis on "Spotlighting the Caribbean." Summer picked this weekend to descend two months early, as it tends to do, resulting in in ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009
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    July 8, 2009

    Eyeballin': The Black Crowes' Warpaint Live

    To celebrate the release of 2008's Warpaint, the Black Crowes played the entire record straight through for a special series of shows. Already released as a 2-CD set, this DVD of one performance shows why the Crowes are such an effective live unit. Two things immediately jump out. Singer Chris Robin ... More >>

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    June 15, 2009

    Remembering 1969, Part 3: The Beginning of the End for the Beatles

    Note: see Part 1 here and Part 2 here. For most of 1969, the Beatles were pretty much comatose - after the disastrous Get Back sessions (which would later spawn the Phil Spector-produced Let It Be), they reconvened to the studio that spring to record the music for what would become their final reco ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Local Motion: Top Sellers at Cactus Music, Sound Exchange, Soundwaves, Sig's Lagoon and Vinal Edge

    Cactus Music 2110 Portsmouth, 713-526-9272 www.myspace.com/cactusmv1. Ryan Bingham, Roadhouse Sun 2. Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey & the Groo-Grux King 3. Steve Earle, Townes 4. Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest 5. Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane & Sugarcane 6. Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood, Live at Madiso ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Lost Tuneage: Jerry Lynn Williams

    Who Dat? I'd forgotten about Fort Worth rocker and soul man Jerry Lynn Williams until the other day when I was reading Eric Clapton's autobiography. Warner Bros. had returned Clapton's tapes from sessions in Montserrat and, to keep his Warner's deal, Clapton agreed the company should suggest ... More >>

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    April 24, 2008
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    September 19, 2007
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    July 5, 2007

    Another Bump

    Ten of the best coke anthems, plus a shortlist for the Cocaine Hall of Fame

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    June 21, 2007

    B.B. King

    B.B. King performs on Thursday, June 21, at The Grand 1894 Opera House, 2020 Post Office, Galveston, 800-821-1894. See HouStoned Rocks, the Houston Press music blog, for more about B.B. King.

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    February 22, 2007

    Musical Food Groups

    If singers were cheese, what kind of cheese would they be?

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    October 12, 2006

    Tech? No!

    An imaginary history of electronic music

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    February 16, 2006
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    September 23, 2004

    A Thin Line...

    Introducing the most hated men in rock (besides Sting)

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    October 23, 2003

    Roll Over, Eric Clapton. And Tell Stevie Ray the News.

    The blues is back -- rawer and louder (and punker) than ever

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    May 10, 2001

    Playbill

    John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers

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    May 10, 2001

    Eric Clapton

    Reptile (Reprise)

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