by Alisha Jackson
Unfortunately, Eric Clapton‘s music career may be coming to an involuntary end, as his diagnosis with peripheral neuropathy has made playing guitar “hard work” for the musician. “I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” he told Classic Rock. “It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy – which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg.” “[It’s] hard work to play the guitar and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve,” he said (via Ultimate Classic Rock).
In the grand scheme of things, however, Clapton considers himself lucky to be alive. “Because I’m in recovery from alcoholism and addiction to substances, I consider it a great thing to be alive at all,” he said. “There was one point there where they were flying me to hospital in St Paul [Minnesota] and I was dying, apparently,” he continued. “I had three ulcers and one of them was bleeding. I was drinking three bottles of brandy and taking handfuls of codeine, and I was close to checking out.”
“By rights I should have kicked the bucket a long time ago. For some reason I was plucked from the jaws of hell and given another chance,” Clapton reflects.
If The Sun is correct, then Clapton hasn’t turned in his pick just yet. According to the paper, the guitar guru recently recorded two tracks with the Rolling Stones, which are slated to appear on their next album. For that full story, click here.