Eric Clapton, one of the greatest and most influential guitarists of all time, doesn’t seem bothered that the future of the six-string may be in jeopardy -- but it is the first he’s heard of it.
At his Toronto International Film Festival press conference Monday (Sept. 11) morning for the Lili Fini Zanuck documentary, Eric Clapton: A Life in 12 Bars, Billboard told Clapton that guitar sales are down, teens are flocking to EDM and music education charities for schools, such as America’s Mr. Holland’s Opus and Canada’s MusiCounts, typically lean toward brass, woodwinds and strings these days. He quipped, “I didn't realize it was that bad,” laughing.
“I’m out of touch. I mean, I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t know where it’s gonna go either. I think anything that has a natural process will end up where it’s supposed to be.