37 years ago today, Clapton made his official return to the stage after three years of drug induced confinement. After battling a vicious heroin addiction, during which he performed only once at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh, Clapton reemerged at the Rainbow Concert. With Blackie in hand (for the first time ever), Clapton took the stage, playing a soulful show that removed him from his state of drug-induced isolation, and brought him back to where he belongs – the stage.
The Rainbow Concert marked Clapton’s return, and went on to spur Clapton’s recovery from heroin. This show would set him on the creative path which would lead to the eventual release of 461 Ocean Blvd, one of Clapton’s finest albums. The idea for the concert was devised by Pete Townshend, and was carried out at the storied Rainbow Theatre located in Finsbury Park in London. Musicians by the likes of Steve Winwood, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townshend accompanied Clapton in his return to the stage. Clapton returns to the stage once again on a North American/European tour starting Feb. 18. Click here for the full list of dates.
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