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Of all the peo­ple I’ve ever wanted to in­ter­view, Eric Clap­ton and Ge­orge Har­ri­son are equal at num­ber one. Ge­orge, of course, can never hap­pen now and Eric’s look­ing pretty un­likely.

But back in 1999 Clap­ton sold 100 gui­tars to raise money for his re­hab cen­tre, Cross­roads. I was Gui­tarist editor and we did a big fea­ture on the event. I helped se­lect pho­tos of him play­ing the ac­tual gui­tars so they would be ac­cu­rately de­picted in the brochure. Eric loved our cov­er­age, so I was in­vited to the sale pre­view in Lon­don, where he asked to thank me in per­son.

At the pre­scribed mo­ment his as­sis­tant es­corted me to him in the middle of the crowd of guests, which in­cluded Ge­orge Har­ri­son. It’s weird, be­cause you’d think I’d have so much to say to Eric. And yet, af­ter his, “Thank you” and, “It came out re­ally well,” I strug­gled to make easy con­ver­sa­tion. I re­mem­ber think­ing I mustn’t slip into ‘in­ter­view mode’ and bar­rage him, so we talked about a few of the gui­tars and that was about it.

I got to chat to Ge­orge that day too. He’d ac­tu­ally seen me play with Marty Wilde and came up to say hello – to ME! He went off and came back sev­eral times, fin­ish­ing off by show­ing me a ‘Rut­les’ gui­tar that Rob Arm­strong had made him, with a cut-out of the band in the sound­hole. They say don’t meet your he­roes, but I’m glad I met mine.

Fi­nally, if I may, a quick com­mer­cial. Of course, I hope you love GT, but have you thought of sub­scrib­ing – or re-sub­scrib­ing should yours be lapsed? We have some great of­fers on at the mo­ment: in print and for our ex­cel­lent dig­i­tal ver­sion. Why not nip over to our web­site (see the flash above) where you can get a year’s sub­scrip­tion for the cost of a cou­ple of gui­tar lessons! Go on, you know you want to!

Neville Marten, Editor


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