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New tribute act at Brookside Theatre promises full Eric Clapton experience

PUBLISHED: 15:55 07 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:15 07 August 2018

Gerry Slattery stars in Brookside Theatre's new show Forever Man: The Genius of Eric Clapton.

Gerry Slattery stars in Brookside Theatre's new show Forever Man: The Genius of Eric Clapton.

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A high-energy show celebrating the music and life of Eric Clapton is coming to Brookside Theatre.

Gerry Slattery stars in the Brookside Theatre's new show, Forever Man - The Genius of Eric Clapton.Gerry Slattery stars in the Brookside Theatre's new show, Forever Man - The Genius of Eric Clapton.

Gerry Slattery, who has played guitar in the past for Boy George, Alvin Stardust and the Rubettes, will be starring in Brookside’s new show Forever Man – The Genius of Eric Clapton.

He told the Recorder: “We’re doing a full retrospective production from the beginning of [Clapton’s] career and then in the second half we do more of a show like [Clapton] would do now, with some of the more original songs.

“I’ve been a lifelong fan of Eric Clapton but I’ve spent most of my life playing in rock ‘n’ roll shows.

“This is something I haven’t done before and the band, who are all rock ‘n’ roll musicians, haven’t done something like this before either, so it’s very new and different for us.”

From Clapton’s early days with The Yardbirds and Cream through an unparalleled and incredible solo career spanning four decades, this show features all of the hits including Layla, Bad Love, Sunshine Of Your Love, Tears in Heaven, Badge, Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, Pretending and Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.

“I’ve always been a fan of Clapton’s music and guitar playing,” said Gerry.

“I used to try and learn his guitar solos, and this was before modern technology.

“So I would have to play the record, stop it and replay it until I found the right spot. I was very dedicated.”

The only three-time inductee to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Clapton has received no less than 18 Grammy Awards and sold more than 130 million records worldwide.

Gerry added: “He’s just a spectacular musician and a fantastic guitar player.

“He has a great voice in the tradition of singers like Paul McCartney whose music has lasted for so long.

“Their music transcends fashions, it lasts because it’s great music.”

Forever Man – The Genius of Eric Clapton will be playing at Brookside Theatre in Eastern Road, Romford, on Saturday, August 25 at 8pm.

To book tickets contact the box office on 01708 755775.

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