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When Eric Clapton plays the John Paul Jones arena next week, October 12, concert goes may get to hear one song he hasn’t played live in a long time. Can you guess?
According to a recent AP report, Clapton has started playing “Cocaine” on tour. For years, Clapton, who has suffered from both drug and alcohol addiction, has refrained from performing the song–especially since founding the Crossroads Centre, an addiction recovery center he opened in Antigua in 1998.
“I thought that it might be giving the wrong message to people who were in the same boat as me," Clapton told the AP. However, Clapton seems to have had a change of heart. “But further investigation proved,” Clapton continued,” ... the song, if anything, if it's not even ambivalent, it's an anti-drug song. And so I thought that might be a better way to do it, to approach it from a more positive point of view. And carry on performing it as not a pro-drug song, but just as a reality check about what it does."
Apparently, the band also shouts out “dirty cocaine” during the song.
Of course, the inclusion of the song may also have something to do with Clapton’s new album, The Road To Escondido, a first time collaboration with J.J. Cale, the Oklahoma blues guitarists who wrote “Cocaine,” as well as “After Midnight” and “Traveling Light.”
Clapton also said he missed playing the song’s famous guitar riff.