Guitar legend Eric Clapton’s first-ever Christmas compilation will include a tribute to the late EDM superstar Avicii, who died earlier this year.
The forthcoming 14-track 'Happy Xmas' will feature ‘blues-tinged’ Christmas classics such as ‘White Christmas’ and ‘Silent Night’, along with the touching tribute ‘Jingle Bells (In Memory Of Avicii’).
The 73-year-old rock god has hand-drawn a picture of a smiling Santa for the LP cover, signed ‘E.C. xxx’.
It’s unclear as to what the exact link between the two musicians is, but Clapton did write about struggling with alcohol and drugs himself in his 2007 book 'Clapton: The Autobiography'.
‘Happy Xmas’ will be released on October 12th by Clapton's own Bushbranch/Surfdog label.
Earlier this month it was announced that Avicii’s co-producer, Carl Falk, was currently working on the EDM legend's unreleased Chris Martin collaboration, ‘Heaven’ with a posthumous release expected sometime in the near future.
At this year’s Tomorrowland festival, multiple tributes were paid by both DJs and guests to the sorely missed EDM star. For instance, a massive Swedish flag with Bergling’s image imprinted on it (pictured above) was spread out in the crowd during Nicky Romero’s set. Meanwhile, a heart shaped tribute to the ‘Wake Me Up’ producer was also displayed.
Following the news of his death, DJ Mag’s digital editor Charlotte Lucy Cijffers reflected on the young DJs enormous influence on the global EDM community and on how his openness surrounding his struggles with fame, touring and alcoholism gave a troubling, if necessary, insight into a side of dance music the world often does not see.
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