Even with currently being virulently towards the principle of Covid-19 lockdowns — and spreading absurd promises about vaccines — Eric Clapton has absent in advance and introduced his quite have lockdown album: The Girl in the Balcony: Lockdown Classes, a series of “live” recordings.
In May possibly 2021, immediately after a string of Royal Albert Hall live shows had been canceled thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic, Clapton and his band convened in the English countryside and staged their own concert — with video clip cameras rolling — where by the one particular attendee was Clapton’s spouse Melia, the titular Woman in the Balcony.
Envisioned as a sequel of sorts to Clapton’s Unplugged album, the Lockdown Periods characteristics mostly acoustic live renditions of tracks spanning his whole career — like “Layla,” “Tears in Heaven,” “After Midnight,” “Bell Bottom Blues,” and other hits — as properly as a pair of Peter Eco-friendly-period Fleetwood Mac handles.
The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown Classes, because of out November 12th, is offered to preorder now in a wide variety of formats, such as bundles that pair the reside album with a film of the live performance footage.
Even so, the Lockdown Classes will be overshadowed by the actuality that Clapton put in the earlier calendar year complaining overtly about Covid-19 restrictions, vaccinations, and touring mandates: The guitarist very first aligned with Van Morrison on anti-lockdown tunes like “Stand and Deliver” and “The Rebels.”
Clapton, who is vaccinated but regretted that selection, later on came out versus vaccines on his new song “This Has Gotta Prevent,” and said he would not perform any venues that implement a vaccination mandate.
Clapton is scheduled to kick off a tour of U.S. states with looser Covid mandates — Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Tennessee, and Georgia — on September 13th.