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1971
Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and 4 more
Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
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Once Derek and the Dominos broke up in May 1971, Clapton's drug dependence worsened, the subsequent death of Duane Allman in a motor cycle accident in October 1971, coming not long after the death of Jimi Hendrix, one of Eric's best friends, in September 1970, all induced a deep depression in Clapton and kept him virtually a prisioner in his home for the rest of 1971.
Eric came out of self-imposed exile to play at George Harrison's charity concert in aid of the people of Bangladesh, on August 1. He nearly didn't appear at the Bangladesh concert. He was sick, too sick to attend the rehearsals at Nola Studios on W. 57th street, and Jesse Ed Davis was brought in to play second lead to Harrison. He didn't even make the final run through at Madison Square Garden the night before the concert, the final crisis came when Eric shot up some junk that had been cut with talc and collapsed. But, finally he managed to turn up in time for the first show.
He played better than he should have under these circumstances. He used a Stratocaster in the afternoon show and a Gibson Byrdland in the evening show.
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love the backstory!
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@Skebet one of the realist post on Fans.com. This was the reality of most 60's rock stars. A very different life backstage then the persona given by the music industry/media.
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While the music industry sold out, making millions selling out to large conglomerates, the artists had to find a way to survive their personal demons that allowed them to create the great art that generated those many millions of dollars. Clapton was ultimately a survivor. Unlike Jim, Jimi, Janis, Jerry, and
Many others.
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The artist sold out too, right along with them, especially Clapton. He was lucky to get out alive but what a horrific life story ie. loss of his son. Although I would love to see a Clapton bio film he would never let the public see him like he truly was. Clapton is a total mystery.
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I read his biography and even after his son passed away he was recovering from alcohol and he was years clean and the death of his son didn't make him relapse he is a true strong man