Eric Clapton – UK & Ireland Tour 2013

Just like the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton is celebrating 50 years in the music business; and following the release of his latest album, ‘Old Sock’, he will be playing arenas in the UK & Ireland in May as part of a World Tour. No doubt he will be playing songs from the new album including the single ‘Gotta Get Over’.  But it will be classic songs from his vast catalogue of songs that fans will be hoping to hear.

Anyone fortunate enough to have tickets to see Eric Clapton will surely be ecstatic to hear the first few bars of songs like ‘Layla’, a hit for Derek & The Dominos in 1971.

But previously to forming Derek & The Dominos, Eric Clapton had been in several bands throughout the 1960’s where he became known as one of the most respected blues guitarists in the world.  In 1963 he joined The Yardbirds performing blues-influenced rock n roll and in 1965 they had their first hit single, ‘For Your Love’.  The single erred towards a more commercial pop sound and for that reason Clapton left the band. After a short stint with John Mayall’s Blues Breakers he joined Ginger Baker & Jack Bruce to form Cream; and together they had hits of their own including ‘White Room’ & ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’.  In 1968 Eric Clapton was asked to play lead guitar on The Beatles ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.

In 1969, after Cream disbanded, Clapton & Ginger Baker joined forces with Steve Winwood (Traffic) & Ric Grech (Family) to form another so-called ‘supergroup’, Blind Faith.  Though the group was short-lived they played their debut concert to a staggering 100,000 fans in London’s Hyde Park on 7 June 1969.

Since the 1970’s Eric Clapton has concentrated on his solo career and making guest appearances with a wide variety of artists.  ‘Old Sock’ is his 21st solo studio album. The UK tour includes seven nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall, a venue he first played 29 years ago with The Yardbirds and has since played over 200 times.

Eric Clapton UK & Ireland Tour Dates 2013

May 09, 2013
O2, Dublin

May 10, 2013
Odyssey Arena, Belfast

May 13, 2013
LG Arena, Birmingham

May 14, 2013
Manchester Arena, Manchester

May 17, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 18, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
May 20, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London
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Royal Albert Hall, London
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Royal Albert Hall, London

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Royal Albert Hall, London

May 26, 2013
Royal Albert Hall, London

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John Lennon Memorabilia Auction

John Lennon handwritten lyrics to I'm Only Sleeping
John Lennon handwritten lyrics to I'm Only Sleeping

Bonhams auction on 15th December 2010 is a must for any fans of the music legend John Lennon and The Beatles. Handwritten lyrics for the Beatles’ hit I’m Only Sleeping, an acoustic guitar used during the Walls and Bridges album recording session and a written note of personal expenses from May 1968 are just a few of the important items up for grabs thirty years after the musician’s tragic death.

The most expensive item for sale is a set of handwritten lyrics for I’m Only Sleeping which is estimated to fetch £250,000-350,000. The song can be seen as a reflection of drug-induced reverie, but it is also a personal statement on John’s love of sleeping.

His first wife Cynthia stated that he was a heavy sleeper who loved being in bed, and in Maureen Cleave’s famous “…more popular than Jesus” interview with John she noted that “he can sleep almost indefinitely, is probably the laziest person in England.”

The set of lyrics provide a very good idea of the creative process that lay behind Lennon’s compositions. He was known for noting down his ideas on any piece of paper that was to hand, and these lyrics are written on the back of a letter chasing payment for a radiophone bill.

A very special table from John Lennon’s Surrey home of Kenwood, at which Lennon wrote these lyrics for I’m Only Sleeping, is estimated to sell for £10,000-15,000.

During the 1960s the table was kept in a downstairs room in the house where John would frequently compose. He sat at the table on the first night that Yoko visited him in 1968 and wrote the lyrics for a number of other Beatles tracks at it.

Two Ivor Novello Awards on offer in the auction would be perfect to display on the coffee table. The first was for She Loves You (£40,000-50,000) – one of several Ivor Novello awards presented to the Beatles in 1964 for this song, which also won Most Broadcast Work Of The Year and Highest Certified British Sales. It was the track that firmly established the group at the top of the pop music tree in 1963 and it remained in the Top 20 for six months. Accompanying this lot is a photograph of John with a fan to whom he originally gave the award and a copy of a photograph of John at home in ‘Kenwood’ with several Ivor Novello awards in the background.

The second Ivor Novello award up for auction was awarded to Lennon for She’s Leaving Home (£15,000-20,000) for Best Song at the 1968 awards ceremony where the Beatles won three awards.

Walls and Bridges was the fifth official album by John Lennon written during his 18-month separation from Yoko Ono and issued in 1974. He played a Guild F-47 acoustic guitar for the recording of the album, which is expected to sell for £12,000-15,000 in this auction. The album features Lennon’s only number one single as a solo artist during his lifetime – Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.

A very personal list of expenses for May 1968 offers an insight into the domestic arrangements of Lennon and the household he was maintaining at the time. It includes details of all domestic outgoings including Julian Lennon’s doctor’s fees and payments to Cynthia’s mother and has attracted a pre-sale estimate of £10,000-15,000.

An intimate pencil drawing entitled ‘John In The Hamburg Rain 62’ by Klaus Voormann is estimated at £2,500-3,500. Voormann was a German Grammy Award-winning artist, musician and record producer. He was great friends with the Beatles and he lived in the band’s London flat with George Harrison and Ringo Starr after Lennon and McCartney moved out to live with their partners.

The sale also includes a maquette of the John Lennon memorial statue in Liverpool John Lennon Airport (£700-900), a handwritten letter with cartoon self-portraits sent to his friend Marc (£5,000 – 6,000), his autograph together with that of George Harrison circa 1963 (£650-800) as well as numerous other items of Beatles memorabilia.

The Beatles Albums finally available on iTunes

The Beatles, Twickenham, Middlesex, 9th April 1969 photo by Bruce McBroom / ©Apple Corps Ltd.

Apple Corps, EMI and Apple® have announced that all 13 of The Beatles studio albums & aSpecial Digital Box Set are now available for the first time on the iTunes.

The Beatles’ 13 legendary remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the classic “Red” and “Blue” collections are available for purchase and download on iTunes® worldwide as either albums or individual songs.

Fans can also get a special digital “Beatles Box Set” featuring the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles’ very first US concert.

“We’re really excited to bring the Beatles’ music to iTunes,” said Sir Paul McCartney. “It’s fantastic to see the songs we originally released on vinyl receive as much love in the digital world as they did the first time around.”

“I am particularly glad to no longer be asked when the Beatles are coming to iTunes,” said Ringo Starr. “At last, if you want it-you can get it now-The Beatles from Liverpool to now! Peace and Love, Ringo.”

As always, Yoko had to have her say:
“In the joyful spirit of Give Peace A Chance, I think it is so appropriate that we are doing this on John’s 70th birthday year,” said Yoko Ono Lennon.

The special digital “Beatles Box Set” contains the 13 remastered studio albums with iTunes LPs and all mini-documentaries, “Past Masters,” and the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film, a worldwide iTunes exclusive which captures the Beatles’ very first US concert in its entirety. In addition, Beatles fans can stream and view the “Live at the Washington Coliseum, 1964” concert film from iTunes for free for the remainder of this calendar year.