Eric Clapton believes that the age of the guitar may be over.
The legendary singer and songwriter, who has penned some of pop music's best-known singles, made the comment at the Toronto International Film Festival. He was there to talk about “Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars,” a biopic of Clapton that will air on Showtime later this year.
Speaking at a press conference after the showing of the documentary, the 71-year old Clapton told the media that he feels like the guitar age in rock-and-roll is coming to an end.
“Maybe the guitar is over,” Clapton said when asked about the state of rock music today. He didn’t seem to mind much, though, as he followed up with the remark that he doesn’t keep up with modern rock today.
“I’m out of touch,” he said, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know where it’s going to go.”
Clapton is a man that doesn’t make a lot of public appearances these days. He only plays a select few dates a year, and he still listens to classic rock, when the guitar was king. Clapton’s kids are also into classic rock more than they are into modern rock, he told the press.
Though rock-and-roll may have changed a lot since his commercial heyday, Clapton has long cemented his spot in music history. Beginning his career in 1962, Clapton has penned such classics as “Layla” and “Crossroads.” Clapton is one of the most accomplished artists in music, taking home 18 Grammy Awards and numerous other honors ranging from Brit Awards to a CBE for his contribution to music.
He also founded the Crossroads Center, a substance abuse recovery center located in Antigua.
His life and career long-deserved to be told in documentary style, and finally, Showtime is dedicating a biopic to the man that helped transform rock despite some huge challenges that could have derailed his career.
“From all of that mess,” Clapton told the media, “I can still become a reasonably well-behaved human being, with some responsibility.”
Translation: If Clapton can do it, anybody can. Maybe the age of the guitar isn’t dead after all.