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“THE WORLD’S GUITAR PLAYER”*
Cliff Stevens’ Stunning Tribute To Eric Clapton
Montreal based singer, songwriter, and guitarist Cliff Stevens has been a force on the international blues scene for 35 years. He has performed more than 150 concerts in European countries as far away as Morocco and coast to coast in Canada and the USA, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, which draws some 15,000 fans annually.
Early in his career, admiration for the star prompted Cliff to include many Clapton songs in his shows. But because his appearance, voice and playing style so closely resembled Clapton’s, fans began demanding “more Clapton stuff”. “I guess they saw something I didn’t”. So in 1997, encouraged by family, friends and booking agents, he launched his Eric Clapton tribute, which quickly became the most in-demand show of the genre. At the same time, his CDs and DVD of original blues music have continued to get rave reviews the world over.
Much has been written about Eric Clapton’s struggles with substance abuse, as well as his amazing guitar virtuosity. But through it all, he has remained admired by musicians the world over and revered by his legion of fans. He is truly the world’s guitar player.
Although his work exhibits a striking similarity to that of B.B. King, he cites Buddy Holly as his original inspiration. “The first time I saw Buddy Holly play, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I thought his Stratocaster guitar was from outer space. And I knew right then that playing guitar in a rock’n’roll band was what I wanted to do”.
Eric Clapton began to develop his signature style in the 60s, first in The Yardbirds, then The Bluesbreakers, and finally with Cream, the rock world’s first “power trio”. In two years, Cream sold millions of albums and became a top concert attraction, filling large stadiums throughout the world. Then he saw The Band, a Canadian group who had just released their critically acclaimed album “Music From Big Pink”. He was blown away, disbanded Cream and began to work on “music of substance, rather than just volume”. Many bands followed, but he became most famous as a solo artist with hits, like I shot The Sheriff, Wonderful Tonight, Lay Down Sally and the heart-wrenching Tears In Heaven, from his Unplugged album, which sold 10 million copies. He has sold over 100 million records, won 18 Grammys and is the only artist inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame 3 times; as a songwriter, solo artist and band member.