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Windoze promises to enthrall with its guitar tribute

Here’s a treat for all Eric Clapton fans. City-based quartet, Windoze will pay tribute to the legendary English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter with a special performance at blueFrog tonight. Sylvester Pradeep (guitar and vocals), Hemanth Diwakaran (guitar), Arnold Lewis (bass guitar) and Abhilash EK (drums) have covered many of Clapton’s hits in the past five years, but they have never played an entire gig of his compositions. So, expect favourites like Layla,Tears In Heaven, Cocaine, Wonderful Tonight, White Room and a dozen others by Clapton — the only three-time inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Pradeep shares the inspiration behind the gig, which has been in the making for more than a month,“Clapton has been my musical hero forever. Tears In Heaven (1992) was the first song I learnt to play on guitar. And we (the band) often talk about what draws us to the legend. I think the only possible answer we have is that he might not be the best guitarist, singer or songwriter, but he is a good package (he’s won 18 Grammy Awards). There are many good guitarists, but they are not good singers or lyricists, but Clapton excels in all the three departments.” Pradeep quickly adds, “Among the new crop of artistes, I think John Mayer is a great combination of a good singer, songwriter and guitarist.”
In the coming months, the band, which was formed in 2011 over a gig in Mangaluru, plans to take the ‘Eric Clapton Tribute’ across the country. They are also readying their first album. “We finally have a bank of 11 songs (a mix of bluegrass, blues rock and soul). We plan to record seven to eight of them and bring out the album by the year-end. I know it’s taken too long to come along but we wanted our songs to be constructed well. A few will also talk about social issues and philosophy,” signs off 30-year-old Pradeep, adding, “2016 has been good to us so far. Despite playing for other bands, we have been able to devote time to Windoze and the quality of our work has certainly improved.”

July 8. Rs 500 upwards (cover). At Church Street. 9 pm. Details: 69999549

— Barkha Kumari

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