These vintage instruments would be worth about a hundred times that today. I then took the other three and made one guitar out of them, using the best components of each.
Blackie was retired in after years of service in the studio and on the road. Not only had it been in the studio for every album recorded during that time, it was used at such famous events as the ARMS benefit tour in and Live Aid. The second instance was for one number at the Royal Albert Hall in He wrote in The Stratocaster Chronicles,. I played those old ones so much they wore out.
Blackie's neck was actually narrower because of all the playing I'd done on it, and the frets were quite low. I hadn't done much restoration on my old ones, so I gave Blackie's neck to Fender as a template, and they built the Eric Clapton Signature guitars I'm playing now, which are more robust, with more power in the pickups. It had been refretted a couple of times and there was a lot of wear on the edge of the neck, which made it difficult to get E string vibrato easily.
We tossed around the idea to have a new neck made for it, but eventually the decision was made to just retire Blackie.
Blackie was purchased by the Guitar Center. A portion of each sale benefits the Crossroads Centre at Antigua. If you think back to and the first time W. We were making The Headless Children and I was in a totally different headspace. We had cut the boat loose from the dock and we were purposely drifting out to sea.
It was like I was watching somebody else. It was the first time I could actually see us the way the world saw us.
And I then understood why they were afraid of us. When you looked at some other bands that were doing theatrical rock or whatever you want to call it, they seemed contrived. There was an authenticity to it and I went, wow, no wonder all these people were so freaked out. And for the first couple of albums we were taking it out on everybody.
We were certainly taking it out on the audience. We approached every gig like it was a heavyweight fight — we went out there to beat their brains out. Was there any kind of underlying meaning to it all?
To understand us in the beginning, it may sound kind of silly to you now, but I thought what we were doing was social comment. I never cared about shock rock for the sake of shock rock.
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I thought it was boring, to be honest. We also went away from that pretty quickly. When we got to the UK on the first tour, the thing that shocked me more than anything is that nobody was talking about the record the debut album W. I did interviews with all these journalists and not one of them was talking about the album — it was all about the show.
Now, that record is perceived as a classic, but at the time, nobody was talking about it. There was, though, a lot of talk about that codpiece. This children's book is an original story written about two cats, Blackie and Whiskers, one whom is missing and the other searches for his friend. Its a simple story about friendship, the art is colorful and the words are simple.
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