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Eric Clapton has enjoyed a legendary music career, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer is not proud of some moments in his life, including what he calls his "semi-racist" past.
A new authorized documentary called Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars focuses on the guitarist's career, and as The Daily Mail reports, following a January 10 screening in London, Clapton apologized for some controversial statements he made in the 1970s that were captured in the film.
During a 1976 concert in Birmingham, England, Clapton appeared to side with the right-wing National Front movement, whose stated purpose was to "Keep Britain White." From the stage, he said, in part, "Stop Britain from becoming a black colony. Get the foreigners out. England is for white people, man. We are a white country...this is Great Britain, a white country. What is happening to us?"
Clapton's comments are said to have inspired the Rock Against Racism campaign, which rallied against the very sentiment the guitarist expressed during his onstage rant.
According to the The Daily Mail, in a Q&A following the screening, Clapton expressed remorse for his comments. "I sabotaged everything I got involved with," said the musician. "I was so ashamed of who I was, a kind of semi-racist, which didn't make sense. Half of my friends were black, I dated a black woman, and I championed black music."
Clapton has apologized in the past for his comments, partly blaming the outburst on his drug and alcohol addiction at the time.
The initial lineup for the 2018 Peach Music Festival has been revealed, and a who's who of favorite jam bands will be headlining the bill. Of particular note, legendary guitarist Dickey Betts will make his return to the stage three years after saying he was retiring from performing.
Betts, a longtime member of the Allman Brothers Band until his ouster in 2000, last played a show with his own band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, in 2014. He announced that he was retiring from performing in 2015.
The lineup poster for the four-day 2018 Peach Music Festival lists the guitarist's appearance as "The Return of Dickey Betts and His Band." The live music extravaganza takes place July 19-22 at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and will also feature sets by Phil Lesh & The Terrapin Family Band, Gov't Mule, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Moe., Warren Haynes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood and dozens more acts.
Tickets for the 2018 Peach Music Festival are currently available at PeachMusicFest.com, with an option to purchase camping passes, as well.