The recent passing of music legends like David Bowie and Prince brings the fragility numerous rock icons into the limelight. We put them on a pedestal as living gods, but sometimes forget that they’re just people. Eric Clapton revealed recently that he’s not “god” in the way that so many sprayed on the side of buildings back in the ’60s — though it is apparently a miracle he’s still around.
Clapton spoke with Classic Rock magazine and went into some detail about the troubles he is currently experiencing with his health. This includes his ability to play the guitar:
“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year. It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy – which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg…
“And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old.’’
Old age clearly isn’t the only thing that has put Clapton in his current position and according to him, it’s based more on luck than some sort of blinding change of direction:
“Because I’m in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all. By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago.
“For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance,’
The one thing this should make you wonder is how Keith Richards is till managing to roam the Earth, looking for fresh souls to pluck from young fans. Even Lemmy fell to the specter of death in the end, something I never thought would actually happen. If anything, I assumed he’d just start to rot while sitting at the Rainbow.
(Via The Telegraph)