Eric Clapton Plays “Tears In Heaven” For The First Time Since His Son’s Death

In 1992, in an interview with English broadcaster Sue Lawley, Eric Clapton performs “Tears in Heaven” for the first time. The song, co-written by Will Jennings and used in the 1991 film Rush, is about the suffering and grief felt by Clapton following the tragic death of his 4-year-old son, Conor, who fell from the 53rd floor of a New York apartment in March 1991. Clapton arrived at the apartment shortly afterwards.

Subsequent to the accident, Clapton made several public service announcements in order to raise awareness for the childproofing of staircases and windows, and in 2004 he stopped playing the song, as well as “My Father’s Eyes”, stating: “I didn’t feel the loss anymore, which is so much a part of performing those songs. I really have to connect with the feelings that were there when I wrote them.”

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