the brilliant British guitarist was descending into a personal hell. Eric Clapton traded a heroin addiction for alcoholism, suffered disastrous love affairs, contemplated suicide while armed with a bottle of vodka, a gram of blow and a shotgun.Ironically, a common refrain in the 60s and 70s was "Clapton is God", rather an unfit description unless they really meant "a god" not "the" God. But speaking of the God, Clapton shared many of the same trials and tribulations the great heroes from the Bible suffered, such as David, Solomon, and Lot, although it's not clear whether those figures could have played Layla. What does Clapton share with me?
"I was having delusions of grandeur," he says with a self-deprecating laugh. "I thought I had something worth saying. That's what drink can do -- give a deluded view of my self-importance.At least he had the booze as an excuse..
Here's a rare track in celebration of his conquering of fool's hill.