CLAPTON WILL BE IN BIDDING FOR ONE OF HIS OWN GUITARS
Bidders vying for some of Eric Clapton's guitars at an auction later this month may find themselves competing against Eric Clapton.Clapton said Tuesday he hadn't realized how difficult it would be to part with 100 of his instruments. As he result, he will be "bidding in secret" for one guitar he realized he just couldn't let go.
"Obviously, I am not going to say which one it is, but it is a guitar that has been around my house for years and I've picked it up in times of great stress like a comfort blanket," he said.
Clapton hopes the June 24 auction at Christie's in New York will raise between $700,000 and $1 million for the Crossroads drug treatment center he founded in Antigua. He has kept about 20 guitars.
TODDLER SINGER-TO-BE HAD TWITTY SINGIN' DAY, NIGHT
Mark Wills, fresh from winning the new male vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music, says his love of country music began with a Conway Twitty record and a Fisher-Price record player.
He was 3 at the time and played the record over and over on his multicolored plastic toy.
"Mom and Dad finally bought me other (country) records so I'd quit playing that one," he told Country Weekly magazine in its June 8 issue.
Wills is known for his ballad "Wish You Were Here."
ACTRESS FINDS THAT SHE HAS 2 ROCK STAR FATHERS
Liv Tyler always knew she had a rock star for a father. It wasn't until she grew up that she realized she had two rock star fathers.
The actress grew up thinking of rocker Todd Rundgren as Dad and didn't get a glimpse of biological father and Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler until her mother pointed him out at a Rundgren concert.
"I was like, 'Is that Mick Jagger's son?' " Tyler says in Nylon magazine. "And she laughed so hard."
A year or so later, Tyler learned the full truth. She embraced the idea of being close to her stepfather and the man whose name she carried.
GRAHAM SAYS HIS 'BOSS' NOT PRODDING HIM TO RETIRE
The Rev. Billy Graham has no plans to stop preaching.
The 80-year-old evangelist said Tuesday he has thought about retirement and spending his days in his North Carolina home with his ailing wife and his beloved Appalachian Mountains.
But Graham, who is in Indianapolis for a four-day crusade, said God called him to preach the gospel and God will decide when he quits.