In a cursing piece called What Happened To Eric Clapton ?, Washington Post has spoken to a number of the guitarist’s peers about not only his recent statements regarding tour rules and Covid vaccinations, but controversy surrounding a photograph Clapton was pictured back in September.
For Blues buddy Robert Cray, that picture ended his 35-year-old friendship with Slowhand.
Backstage tonight with Eric Clapton and Jimmie Vaughan after a concert in Austin. pic.twitter.com/2hhziNxtAmSeptember 16, 2021
The photo was taken after a September show in Austin, Texas and posted on Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s Twitter. It shows Clapton and guitarist Jimmie Vaughan posing with Abbott backstage.
Abbott was at the time in the spotlight for his voting stance when he recently signed the United States’ most restrictive abortion law and a controversial Republican-backed measure on new restrictions on voting rights.
“There’s a great picture [from 2013] in Madison Square Garden after the show, with BB King sitting in a chair, Jimmie Vaughan, myself and Eric sitting behind him, ”says Cray.
“And I looked at the picture of Governor Abbott, Jimmie Vaughan and Eric Clapton in the similar pose, and I say, what’s wrong with this picture? Why are you doing this?”
The relationship between the pair of blues guitar icons now seems irreparable.
“I’ve told myself I do not need to have a conversation,” Cray told The Washington Post. “I just prefer not to associate with anyone who is extreme and is so selfish.
“We started playing music that was not very popular to start with at the time we started playing. We’ve got some fame, and I’m fine with that, but I certainly do not need to hang out with it. Eric Clapton for continuing. “
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