Is Eric Clapton really struggling to play guitar due to nerve damage? That would be sad indeed. While I’m not the biggest Clapton fan, I sure am super found of his early stuff, specifically – but not exclusively – the couple of years he spent with Cream.
It’s only June and we already lost many great artists, first and foremost David Bowie and Prince, of course. I’m not trying to pretend that I was a huge fan of those two either, but I certainly always appreciated and admired their phenomenal talent. And isn’t weird, at least I usually don’t think of my heroes or music icons in general as people who could ever die in the first place. You know what I mean, it’s kind of thinking that they are invisible, but of course, they are not.
Anyway, back to Mr. Clapton and the article recently featured in the online magazine UPROXX, which suggested that ‘Slowhand’ is yet again facing some issues that do in fact impact his ability to play guitar. When asked directly, Clapton said that he essentially shouldn’t be alive anymore, given his previous struggle with alcoholism and his addiction to other substances. He went on saying that: “For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance.” Good for him, lucky us!
As for the specific reasons, the ex Yardbirds guitarist alluded to the fact that he recently experienced a lot of lower back pain combined with a thing called peripheral neuropathy, which sounds intimidating to me.
Now, the good news is, it doesn’t sound that Clapton’s career would come to an end any time soon because of that. I hope he will get that under control. At the very least, I have high hopes that he will outlast Keith Richards – no, I have nothing against Keith or the Stones, I’m just saying…