Eric Clapton has announced a new live album, recorded over the pandemic. The Lady In The Balcony: Lockdown sessions will arrive on 12 November 2021.
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The sessions feature Clapton’s bandmates Nathan East on Bass and Vocals, Steve Gadd on Drums and Chris Stainton on Keyboards. The setlist covers acoustic versions of Clapton’s biggest tracks, as well as a number of other classic blues and country songs.
The sessions were produced by Russ Titelman, and recorded in Cowdray House, West Sussex. They took place in lieu of Clapton’s shows scheduled for May 2021 at the Royal Albert Hall, which were cancelled because of the global pandemic.
The sessions were filmed, and will be released on HD Blu Ray and CD Ultra-HD Blu Ray and CD, DVD and CD and as a deluxe edition. The audio-only version will also be released on 2LP, pressed on yellow vinyl. You can preorder the release here.
The release will be the first new music since his single This Has Gotta Stop, which voiced Clapton’s controversial vaccine-hesitant views. “When you started laying down the law, I can’t move my hands, I break out in sweat”, Clapton sings, alluding to the “severe reaction” he had experienced after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Clapton has also appeared in a video interview, in which he voiced concern over baseless claims that the vaccine against COVID-19 will affect his daughter’s fertility. He also called his children “brainwashed,” and called the government’s vaccination program “propaganda.”
Clapton has announced tour dates in the US for later this month. He will be supported by blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan.