While I like Eric Clapton’s music, I’ll admit I don’t know much about him at all… which is why I found this recent interview pretty surprising.
Clapton is saying he regrets his heavy drug use and “semi-racist” past… which I seriously knew nothing about.
Eric Clapton has revealed that he found it difficult to watch himself showing support for the National Front during a 1976 concert in Birmingham, as his new no holds barred documentary hits screens.
Speaking at a Q&A following a special screening of Life in 12 bars in London on Wednesday, the Tears in Heaven hitmaker said he felt shame about roaring the fascist party’s slogan to a packed crowd.
Referring to himself as a ‘semi-racist’ in that moment, the 72-year-old reflected on his raging addictions in the mid 1970s which damaged his life, relationships and career.
Now teetotal for nearly three decades, Eric revealed in the highly-anticipated rockumentary that he he would drink a bottle of cognac by midday, before snorting cocaine from a knife by lunch.
No biggie. Who doesn’t knife a line for lunch, am I right?
Jokes guys – that’s a joke.
Anyway… coke for lunch didn’t really work out for him…
His spiralling addictions caused him to threatened not only his loyal following but wrecked his romance with ex Pattie Boyd during the tumultuous period in his life.
Aaaaand then there’s this:
Reflecting on his lowest point, Eric recalled roaring his support for the National Front during a 1976 concert in Birmingham.
The hitmaker – who was pals with African American stars such as Jimi Hendrix and BB King – bellowed the fascist party’s ‘Keep Britain White’ slogan as he applauded controversial Tory MP Enoch Powell before exclaiming: ‘Get the foreigners out, get the w**s out, get the c***s out’.
Oh… aaalrighty then.
I wonder how many of the libs losing their minds about Trump calling Haiti and El Salvador sh*tholes also loooove Eric Clapton. My guess is a lot.
Sure, Trump is president and Clapton’s just a rock star…. buuuuuut ‘Get the foreigners out, get the w**s out, get the c***s out’ is pretty extreme, dontcha think?
Anyway. He feels pretty awkward about all of it:
But watching the footage – which he agreed not to filter or edit – 40 years on proved to still be stomach-churning for the singer, who admitted it was hard to watch how much he spiralled out of control.
He said at a Q&A following the premiere that he was ‘disgusted’ with himself for his ‘chauvinistic’ and ‘fascistic’ comments on stage, adding: ‘I sabotaged everything I got involved with.’
He lamented: ‘I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn’t make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman and I championed black music’.
I’m sure a few of you are going to be like “OMG KIMBER YOU’RE SO DUMB EVERYONE KNEW ABOUT THIS.”
I was born in 1990, folks. Excuse me for not keeping tabs on every 1970s rocker.
Clapton is set to hit the stage again soon, but he’s expressed his concerns about that, too.
At 72 years old, Eric is due to return to the stage at London’s Hyde Park later this year and seems adamant about continuing to work.
But he revealed in a radio interview on Tuesday that he’s anxious about the forthcoming shows.
He admitted he was worried about being able to play the instrument and sing ‘proficiently’ due to the ailments he has including tinnitus, a ringing coming from inside the ear.
In an interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 Eric shared: ‘I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park [British Summer Time Festival] in July.
‘The only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work.
‘I mean, I am hoping people will come along and see me, me more than I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here.’
Don’t worry toooo much about Clapton, though. It all works out for him in the end. *eyeroll*
Of his biographical film, he admitted: ‘It’s difficult to sit through because it goes on so long about the difficult part of my life.
‘I think it’s important for people to see that there is a happy ending, it’s like a redemption concept. If you are going to go and see it, be prepared for a heavy ride.’