Clapton Copies Cat

I was so enthused about what was going on at Columbia [University] and elsewhere. And then what I couldn’t believe, because it freaked me out, were the Senate hearings, which were like the Nuremberg trials, you know?

The Senate committee chairman asked pointed questions to presidents of universities, saying, ‘I just want to hear yes or no. Don’t talk to me about context. Yes or no, are you promoting antisemitism on your campus?’  And I thought, what is this, the Spanish Inquisition? And it is! It’s AIPAC, it’s the lobby. Israel is running the show. Israel is running the world.

For this tour I’m doing it under a different guise. It’s the same tune [“Blue Dust”], but I devoted it to the situation in Gaza. It’s called ‘Blue Dust’ because that’s what’s probably going to be left there.  And I play a guitar that’s painted like the Palestinian flag.

That was none other than the great Eric Clapton, who once sang about “many fantastic colors.”  The famed guitarist is being compared to Roger Waters but his true inspiration may be Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens. Last November, in the wake of 10/7, he put on a killer performance at the “Great Palestine Meeting” in Istanbul. Islam praised the Ottoman Empire and criticized the “so-called international community” for “assisting in this genocide which we are witnessing.” And so on, no surprise from a man who supported the fatwa against Salman Rushdie.

Eric Clapton is good at covering American blues, but he is not in a class by himself. According to B.B. King, the only British guitarist who gave him chills was Peter Green, composer of “Black Magic Woman” and the mainstay of Fleetwood Mac before it became an Al Gore tribute band.  For mastery of the blues, check out the late Duane Allman on “Goin Down Slow,” and the first solo on “It’s Not My Cross to Bear.” Jimi Hendrix gave us “Red House” and Mike Bloomfield, who passed away at 37 in 1981, left us with “Killin’ Floor.”  Hear the late Stevie Ray Vaughan on “Texas Flood,” conditions now going on in the Lone Star State. Jerry Miller is still around but fans might not be familiar with “Miller’s Blues.”

Any one of these guys could more than hold his own with Eric Clapton but none of them ever spouted nonsense like “Israel is running the world,” like something from the drunk at the end of the bar. None of them became “enthused” by anti-Semitic mobs or supported a fascist death cult that recalls the Nazis’ Einsatzgruppen. Time for Eric Clapton to team up with Cat Stevens on a “10/7 Fatwa” tour, a surefire hit at Columbia and Harvard.

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