The Who’s Pete Townshend Admits He Didn’t Always Loved Eric Clapton’s Playing And Explains The Reason Why
The Who guitarist and co-lead vocalist Pete Townshend opened up about his opinions on other guitarists during an interview with Guitar Magazine, and apparently, he found the iconic guitarist Eric Clapton’s sound dull during his tenure with Cream.
As some of you might know, Eric Clapton is regarded as one of the most important and influential guitarists of all time by countless music critics including being ranked second in Rolling Stone‘s list of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ and fourth in Gibson‘s ‘Top 50 Guitarists of All Time’ as well as being the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The legendary guitarist Eric Clapton was a member of Cream during the band’s short period of active years between 1966-1968 throughout which they managed to be inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame back in 1993, bein included in both Rolling Stone and VH1’s lists of ‘100 Greatest Artists of All Time.’
During an interview, Pete Townshend revealed his opinions about other guitarists including Eric Clapton who sounded empty according to the Who guitarist, especially during his time with Cream. While Townshend stated that he loved Clapton’s guitar playing, he stated that he’s not a fan of the sound he uses.
Here is what Townshend said:
“I have to say, that was my experience listening to Cream. It felt to me that sometimes it sounded so empty. I thought they would’ve been so much better if they had a Hammond player. I always loved Eric’s playing, but not always his sound. It always felt to me like it was a bit muffled, in the Marshall days. That’s why I prefer Traffic and Blind Faith. I like the sound of that.”
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