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Eric Clapton pays tribute to Prince

 Cream guitarist calls Prince “a true genius and a huge inspiration”

By Gary Graff
April 25, 2016

Asked once what it was like to be the world’s greatest guitarist, Eric Clapton famously replied, “I don’t know. Ask Prince.”

Now Clapton has paid tribute to Prince, who died Thursday (April 21), in Minneapolis with a sweet and surprising Facebook message that reads:

“I’m so sad about the death of Prince, he was a true genius, and a huge inspiration for me, in a very real way….

In the eighties, I was out on the road in a massive downward spiral with drink and drugs, I saw Purple Rain in a cinema in Canada, I had no idea who he was, it was like a bolt of lightning!…

In the middle of my depression, and the dreadful state of the music culture at that time it gave me hope, he was like a light in the darkness…

I went back to my hotel, and surrounded by empty beer cans, wrote

Holy Mother….’
I can’t believe he’s gone….”

“Holy Mother,” co-written with Stephen Bishop, appeared on Clapton’s 1986 album August. Clapton will be releasing a new album, I Still Do, on May 20.