I’ve been a fan since I was 14, and over the years Eric Clapton has morphed from 15 minute solos to songs that are more influenced by singer-songwriters, reggae, and Americana. Some say he’s past his prime, and now he’s announced he won’t be touring any longer. But he’s an elder statesman that changed the course of music as clearly as the Beatles, and influenced the tone of every guitar player that followed him. Here’s a video from an early Crossroads performance. Awesome solo on a great Bob Marley tune. Mr. Clapton, thanks for a lifetime of great music that you played, and other artists that you got the rest of us to pay closer attention to. And you very definitely still bring the heat.