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Eric Clapton embarrassed by his younger self in new doc

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Eric Clapton met the press on Monday (September 11th) during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival for the new documentary, Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars.

The film, which runs through September 17th at TIFF, will premiere on Showtime on February 10th, 2018, with a limited theatrical run expected around that time.

CBC News reported Clapton was asked which part of the career-spanning doc embarrassed him, to which he admitted, "The whole thing. Are you kidding? The whole thing . . . right up to the time I stopped drinking, everything I said (was) absolute blather, a certain amount of pompousness that I see when (I was) being interviewed. Maybe it's true for all of us when we're young: there's a level of arrogance there that 'I know it all.' Only as I get older do I realize that I know nothing at all, whatsoever."

Billboard reported that "Slowhand" shed light on the music played in his household these days: "My kids listen to classic rock, but that may only be because of me, because that’s what I’ve played to them. I mean, from the time of their conception, they’ve been listening to music through the womb. I played them playlists, just brainwashed my kids, and at the back of it was always the guitar or some kind of solo instrument or a singer. My belief in music is it’s all good. It’s all good. Even stuff that doesn’t appear to be so, it’s all good."

Jimmy Page is one of many Eric Clapton fans who's impressed with not only his guitar chops -- but his songwriting as well: "He's got a great body of work, hasn't he? He really understood the blues and how to play it, and he turned a lot of people on to that. In the early days -- I'm talking about right in the early days when he had the technique of the finger tremolo and everyone else was wondering what it was -- he's had some good songs. On the Derek & The Dominoes albums, there was some nice songs.”

Eric Clapton will play tonight (September 13th), September 15th, 16th, and 18th in Los Angeles at The Forum.

Check it out: Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars (2017) | Official Trailer | SHOWTIME Documentary

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