Eric Clapton To Perform At Gary Brooker Tribute Concert
Eric Clapton is among the stars paying tribute to iconic vocalist and composer Gary Brooker at a concert scheduled to be held on 4 December.
Brooker, best known as the frontman of legendary British band Procol Harum, died on 19 February 2023. He also played, wrote and sang for Eric Clapton’s band and with Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings. In addition, Brooker toured with Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band, and contributed to solo projects for Paul McCartney and George Harrison. He can also be heard singing in the movie Evita.
The concert, to be held at G Live in Guildford in southern England, will aid in raising funds for Gary’s preferred charities The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and Cure Parkinsons.
In addition to Eric Clapton, the all-star line-up includes Queen’s Roger Taylor, Genesis’ Mike Rutherford, Paul Carrack, Dire Straits’ John Illsley, Andy Fairweather Low and Mike Sanchez.
Andy Locke, Venue Director at G Live, said in a statement, “We are honoured to host this very special tribute to Gary Brooker MBE at G Live. Through his charity work, Gary was such a respected member of the Guildford community, and his invaluable contribution to the music industry is demonstrated by the calibre of artists who are joining us at G Live in celebration of his life.”
Also in Eric Clapton news, the legendary guitarist and vocalist’s The Definitive 24 Nights album was released during the summer. The box set editions – available in a variety of configurations – expand the live collection of Clapton’s record-setting 1990-91 run of 24 concerts at the Royal Albert Hall with nearly six hours of live music and 36 unreleased performances.
Painstakingly restored and upgraded by Clapton’s team of Simon Climie (audio production and mixing), producer Peter Worsley (Slowhand at 70 and The Lady In The Balcony), and director David Barnard (The Lady In The Balcony), The Definitive 24 Nights is now available as limited-edition boxed sets of either 6-CDs or 8-LPs. Both versions of the boxed sets come with three Blu-ray discs for the video content, a hardbound book, and an individually numbered lithograph featuring a photograph of Clapton by Carl Studna.