Eric Clapton to headline Greenwich Town Party

December 18, 2017 GMT

GREENWICH - Legendary musician Eric Clapton will be the headliner at the Greenwich Town Party on Memorial Day weekend, organizers announced Monday.

Clapton will be performing on May 26 at the Greenwich resident party that is now in its eighth year.

Tickets will be on sale April 5 for $85 each.

Sponsor tickets will also be offered that come with access to prime parking spots, a tent with catered food and a bar. The sponsor tickets also help subsidize the party.

On Monday morning, organizers posted on the party’s web site and Facebook page the booking of the famed guitarist, musician and composer.

Last year, more than 8,000 people attended the seventh annual all-day festival that had headliners Steely Dan, Preservation Jazz Band and Alabama Shakes. Eight locally known bands performed between the main acts.

The event was held at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park.

General admission tickets to that show that were sold to Greenwich residents sold out within 21 minutes after going on sale.

Clapton, 72, joined his first band, The Yardbirds, in 1963. “During his 18-month tenure with The Yardbirds, he earned his nickname, Slowhand, and recorded his first albums: Five Live Yardbirds and Sonny Boy Williamson and The Yardbirds,” according to his official biography.

In April 1965, John Mayall invited Clapton to join his band, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. “With this group, Clapton established his reputation as a guitarist and earned his second nickname: ‘God.’ It came from an admirer’s graffiti on the wall of London’s Islington Tube Station that boldly proclaimed ‘Clapton is God,’” according to his bio.

Clapton later teamed up with Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker to form Cream.

Following Cream’s break-up, Clapton founded Blind Faith - rock’s first “supergroup” - with Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker, and Rick Grech.

Clapton also played lead guitar on the song, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on the Beatles’ “White Album” in 1968.

“In the summer of 1970, Eric formed Derek and the Dominos with Jim Gordon, Carl Radle and Bobby Whitlock from Delaney & Bonnie’s band . The Dominos would go on to record the seminal rock album, Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. A concept album, its theme revolved around Clapton’s unrequited love for George Harrison’s wife, Patti. The band would drift apart following an American tour and a failed attempt at recording a second album,” the bio says.

Clapton then went on the produce a series of highly successful solo albums and top grossing tours.