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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton

Gaye Gerard

Eric Clapton

Odyssey Arena, Belfast, Tuesday, May 10, 8pm

With a reputation ranking alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix and BB King as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, Eric Clapton's career has spanned five decades, both as a solo artist and as a member of several influential bands during the 1960s.

After a stint with the Yardbirds, Clapton joined John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers, where he earned the nickname Slowhand, before quitting to form blues/rock outfit Cream with drummer Ginger Baker and bass guitarist Jack Bruce in 1966.

Scoring several hit singles with I Feel Free, Sunshine Of Your Love and Strange Brew, as well as recording four seminal albums, including Disraeli Gears and Fresh Cream, the band imploded in 1968 and Clapton and Baker went on to form the short-lived supergroup Blind Faith with ex-Traffic frontman Steve Winwood.

Clapton then formed Derek & The Dominos, best-known for their 1972 hit Layla, before embarking on a solo career, which, in stark contrast to his troubled personal life during the following two decades, was extremely successful, earning him the hit singles I Shot The Sheriff, Knockin' On Heaven's Door and 1992's Tears In Heaven, a moving tribute to his young son Conor who had just been killed in an accident.

More recently, Clapton has shared the stage with former bandmate Winwood and guitar hero Jeff Beck, and is currently on tour promoting his 2010 album, Clapton.

Tickets for Tuesday’s show, priced £60, are available at www.odysseyarena.com.

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