Saturday, March 8, 2014
By Bob Keyes firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday
WHERE: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland
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"I just love playing music," he said. "I don't know why some people have to think that if they do well they can't be what they used to be. I like being what I used to be."
Being a star opens doors. Being humble earns trusted friends. One of Gill's newest buds is rock guitarist Eric Clapton. Clapton is considered a rock god, and Gill is in the same company.
A few years ago, Clapton invited Gill to join him at his Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago. Gill has earned a return invitation each year since, and will join the festival lineup on June 26. In February, when Clapton played in Nashville, Gill joined him on stage.
Getting to know Clapton and earning his respect has been a thrill, Gill said.
"It's kind of like hitting golf balls with Arnie Palmer. There's no way it could get any better," he said. "You couldn't dream it up. You sit there as a kid and you think, 'Someday I am going to get so good at playing guitar that I am going to be playing with Eric Clapton.' I got lucky. It actually happened."
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