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    Sad news about Eric Clapton

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    Eric Clapton is facing health issues beyond the chronic nerve problems that have affected his back and hands. The guitar great is also suffering from tinnitus, a hearing problem often caused by excessive noise.Still, he's not giving up on music. "I am still going to work. I'm doing a few gigs," Clapton told BBC Radio 2. "The only thing I'm concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient."Clapton has drastically cut back on his touring schedule after considering retirement, but said he remains thankful for fans who continue attending his occasional shows."I mean, I'm going deaf; I've got tinnitus. My hands just about work," Clapton said. "I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me [for] more than [because] I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here."

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Terrible news. Hope he pulls through it.

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Growing old is a bitch!
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Youth is wasted on the youth

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    He's given us so much, he should simply please himself at this point. God bless him.

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    A big fan just love his playing !
    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    I love Clapton's music. He said he was going deaf in his book that came out about, what, 10 years ago or so.
    Music is good for the soul.....

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    There's no cheating mother nature. Clapton is going to end up wearing a hearing aid (if he doesn't already)....long term hazardous noise exposure will destroy your hearing every time.
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by marshall1987 View Post
    There's no cheating mother nature. Clapton is going to end up wearing a hearing aid (if he doesn't already)....long term hazardous noise exposure will destroy your hearing every time.
    Im surprised Iommi hasn’t suffered this hearing prob. You know they were killing their ears in Sabbath at 18 and those Supergroups are quite loud. I have one and that shit will make you go deaf quick!

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard1183 View Post
    ... those Supergroups are quite loud. I have one ...
    You have a "Supergroup"?
    What does that mean?
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    A supergroup is a music group whose members have successful solo careers or are part of other groups or well known in other musical professions. Usually used in the context of rock and pop music, the term has been applied to other musical genres such as opera (The Three Tenors).







    Ive never confused owning a bunch of high end gear with being some kind of a guitar player I'm a hack and I love guitars !

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    I think he means the Laney Supergroup, which I believe was 120 watts, if I recall correctly.

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Cream Fan View Post
    I think he means the Laney Supergroup, which I believe was 120 watts, if I recall correctly.
    You’re absolutely correct. Laney Supergroup. Marshalls’ back then were probably the same in wattage. Called 100w but probably about 120w clean headroom with 270-300w dimed

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Maybe it's term used only in the UK but it's a commonly been used here since the 70s (60s?) and usually referring to Blind Faith or Cream.
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Maybe it's term used only in the UK but it's a commonly been used here since the 70s (60s?) and usually referring to Blind Faith or Cream.
    Obviously you’re not familiar with band equipment? Surely you know what a JztM45 is right? Or a bluesbreaker? Both English. Also there was a band called blues breakers with John Mayall. I know why a Supergroup is as you’re meaning it? But the context in comment should’ve told you whst I was referring to. Sorry if you didn’t know. They’re really good vintage amps. Idk how the new one are in comparison?

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Maybe it's term used only in the UK but it's a commonly been used here since the 70s (60s?) and usually referring to Blind Faith or Cream.
    I know it well when used in this way.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard1183 View Post
    Obviously you’re not familiar with band equipment? Surely you know what a JztM45 is right? Or a bluesbreaker? Both English. Also there was a band called blues breakers with John Mayall. I know why a Supergroup is as you’re meaning it? But the context in comment should’ve told you whst I was referring to. Sorry if you didn’t know. They’re really good vintage amps. Idk how the new one are in comparison?
    I've owned a guitar store over 40 years and never heard that term used as a model name for a piece of equipment.
    That's why I asked. I could not understand your meaning.
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    A picture speaks a thousand words...and clears up even more misunderstandings...





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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard1183 View Post
    Obviously you’re not familiar with band equipment? Surely you know what a JztM45 is right? Or a bluesbreaker? Both English. Also there was a band called blues breakers with John Mayall. I know why a Supergroup is as you’re meaning it? But the context in comment should’ve told you whst I was referring to. Sorry if you didn’t know. They’re really good vintage amps. Idk how the new one are in comparison?
    Actually I do and had also read previous replies. I was merely pointing out the term supergroup in the context of Cream and Blind Faith as perhaps as UK terminology not used in the US.
    Perhaps I didn't make that clear but thanks for your condescending reply. TW's retort answered my incorrect assumption succinctly . I must remember to stop posting on this forum
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Actually I do and had also read previous replies. I was merely pointing out the term supergroup in the context of Cream and Blind Faith as perhaps as UK terminology not used in the US.
    Perhaps I didn't make that clear but thanks for your condescending reply. I must remember to stop posting on this forum
    No need to stop posting. That guy's (Wizard1183) response sounded pretty rude to me as well....

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Didn't know Supergroup was an amp model, I always thought it was a record company idea to promote sales. Remember Asia.

    Sorry to hear EC is suffering with ear issues. Tinnitus can be debilitating depending on the severity. Mine is a constant squeal, a lifetime of amplification. Can't imagine what a working rock musician must go through.

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Actually I do and had also read previous replies. I was merely pointing out the term supergroup in the context of Cream and Blind Faith as perhaps as UK terminology not used in the US.
    Perhaps I didn't make that clear but thanks for your condescending reply. TW's retort answered my incorrect assumption succinctly . I must remember to stop posting on this forum
    I'd actually much prefer it if you posted more. Stick around Mate
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Porter View Post
    Actually I do and had also read previous replies. I was merely pointing out the term supergroup in the context of Cream and Blind Faith as perhaps as UK terminology not used in the US.
    Perhaps I didn't make that clear but thanks for your condescending reply. TW's retort answered my incorrect assumption succinctly . I must remember to stop posting on this forum
    Hey man I wasn’t trying to be rude? Perhaps my bluntness might come off as such?

    Black Sabbath is just as big as Cream, Beatles ect. But I understand their equipment may not be as known? Since it’s beneath what ppl are accustomed to with the names of Hiwatt, Marshall, Orange and Fender. Laney was the much smaller outfit but should never be dismissed. BB King played Laney quite a bit. Most probably don’t know that? I figured most ppl knew the term Supergroup when referring to 68-72 Laney 60w and 100w. Sorry if I came across as rude

    . No need to stop posting. It’s sinply words on a forum. One should never get offended because of typed words. There’s no emotion tied to it. However I know many do...

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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    Quote Originally Posted by Wizard1183 View Post
    Hey man I wasn’t trying to be rude? Perhaps my bluntness might come off as such?

    Black Sabbath is just as big as Cream, Beatles ect. But I understand their equipment may not be as known? Since it’s beneath what ppl are accustomed to with the names of Hiwatt, Marshall, Orange and Fender. Laney was the much smaller outfit but should never be dismissed. BB King played Laney quite a bit. Most probably don’t know that? I figured most ppl knew the term Supergroup when referring to 68-72 Laney 60w and 100w. Sorry if I came across as rude

    . No need to stop posting. It’s sinply words on a forum. One should never get offended because of typed words. There’s no emotion tied to it. However I know many do...
    No worries. My comment about not posting was a bit tongue in cheek. This place had a long way to go to get as bad as FB. It really isn’t worth posting anything there. Every one is an expert and assumes every one else knows nothing.
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    Re: Sad news about Eric Clapton

    I’ve envied Clapton many times in my life but I’ll not do that again. Not after seeing the showtime special “Clapton: A life in 12 bars”. Wowee! A hard, hard road and beyond the music, I’m not sure what he got for all of his suffering. Sounded like he’d have been more content with a 9-5 job playing nights and weekends - for himself, by himself.



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