Indianapolis kids these days don’t have proper respect for classic rock. To them, the genre is all about old fuddy-duddies crooning about the Vietnam War, over the top guitar solos, washed up musical fossils playing songs that no longer have any relevance to this day and age, stale chord progressions, and tried and true conventions. Show them Jimi Hendrix, they call it passe, show them Creedence, they dismiss it as boring. But what you don’t realize, children, is that today’s post-punk, chillwave, post rock, shoegaze hardcore nu-metal trip hop whatever-you-call-it wouldn’t even exist without classic rock. It’s time to honor the roots of the popular music you know and love. This Friday, July 2, two of the best living artists in classic rock are coming to the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis: Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey.
|Video of Eric Clapton performing “Layla” at Madison Square Garden in 1999; Eric Clapton will be playing with Roger Daltrey at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis this weekend|
Kids, Eric Clapton was the Jack White of the 60’s and 70’s. Not only was the virtuoso blues guitarist in Cream, the first super group and the band behind “Cocaine,” “Sunshine of Your Love,” and “Crossroads,” he was also in The Yardbirds before The Yardbirds were cool (that is, before “For Your Love” hit it big). One of Britain’s best guitarists, Clapton put The Yardbirds on the map, pulled a different band, The Bluesbreakers, into moderate success, and was even given God-like status (someone spray painted “Clapton is God” in a London subway terminal in 1967) before moving on to the vehicle for his best performances, Cream. Cream revolutionized popular music by bringing free form experimentation, full length jam outs, and virtuoso playing back to the forefront. Indianapolis bands who jam the night away at The Mousetrap take note: without Clapton, you might not have the same rabid fanbase.
|Video of Eric Clapton performing “Sunshine of Your Love” live in 1986; Eric Clapton will be playing with Roger Daltrey at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis this weekend|
Sure, later on Clapton kind of lost his touch. After Cream disbanded, the musician somewhat faded into the background, doing studio work and participating in a few bands that never really got their careers going. Clapton struggled through a long time heroin addiction and recorded several ballads that were incredibly successful (you’ve probably heard “Wonderful Tonight”) but were atypical for the former guitar slinger. Nowadays, however, Clapton’s live show has returned to the virtuoso blues guitar heaven that he used to play. Indianapolis music fans coming to see Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey at the Verizon Wireless Music Center had better be ready to see one of the best living guitarists around.
|Video of Eric Clapton performing “I Shot the Sheriff” live; Eric Clapton will be playing with Roger Daltrey at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis this weekend|
And then there’s Roger Daltrey. As a founding member of The Who, Daltrey played punk before punk was punk. Just listen to the snooty, three chord rebellion of “My Generation” and you’ll understand why Daltrey and company are revered as the godfathers of The Ramones, The Sex Pistols, and all angry modern rock thereafter. Take note, Sloppy Seconds, Burnt Ones, Glass Halo, Stereo Deluxe, and The Great Hookup; without Roger Daltrey, you wouldn’t even exist. Though Pete Townshend wrote the majority of The Who’s material, Daltrey was the frontman, providing an unmatched stage presence and vocal power. Daltrey also did a lot of solo work, both in music and on the stage (he won a Golden Globe for his role in Tommy, The Who’s best known rock opera).
|Video of Roger Daltrey performing “Baba O’Riley” live at a Horseshoe Casino in Indiana; Roger Daltrey will be playing with Eric Clapton at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis this weekend|
The Who officially disbanded in 1982, though they’ve since performed a ton of reunion shows and even recorded a new album in 2006. They even played the halftime show at the ill-fated (for the Indianapolis Colts, at least) Super Bowl XLIV in 2010. Roger Daltrey and Eric Clapton are easily two of the most influential figures in rock and roll, right up there next to John Lennon and Bob Dylan. Indianapolis’ modern day blues bands like Governor Davis and the Blues Ambassadors wouldn’t be the same without Clapton’s touch on searing electric blues, and punk probably wouldn’t be around without the aggressive hard rock of Roger Daltrey and The Who.
|Video of The Who (including Roger Daltrey) performing at Super Bowl XLVI in Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis; Roger Daltrey will be playing with Eric Clapton at the Verizon Wireless Music Center near Indianapolis this weekend|
At this top notch Indianapolis event, expect to see two legends of rock tearing it up on the big stage. Soaring solos, dramatic rock vocals, brash compositions, and all the hits you normally only hear on your dad’s turntable or on Indianapolis radio (provided the classic rock stations aren’t playing Nirvana that day) will all be commonplace at this exciting Indianapolis attraction. Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey at the Verizon Wireless Music Center in Noblesville, Indiana takes place this Friday, July 2, at 7:30 p.m. There are a wide range of tickets available at the Indianapolis music venue, ranging from $38 for basic seating to $175 for VIP tickets. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the roots of modern rock in action!
Eric Clapton and Roger Daltrey at Verizon Wireless Music Center
Friday, July 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $38 – $175
Verizon Wireless Music Center
12880 E 146th St
Noblesville, IN 46060
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