(guest blogged by Howie Klein) I was just a kid when I first saw Eric Clapton play in the Yardbirds. It wasn't until he left that band and forme
March 14, 2007

(guest blogged by Howie Klein)

I was just a kid when I first saw Eric Clapton play in the Yardbirds. It wasn't until he left that band and formed Cream though that I actually figured out who he was and what sounds were coming from that guitar. I had hired the Yardbirds to play at my college and I hired Cream too (although they cancelled at the last minute). Later, I wound up running the record company Eric was signed to. What an honor and a joy that was! Last night, I went over to the Staples Center here in L.A. and saw him play a great bluesy show. I felt like I was in a small club instead of a gross arena.

Here's a rocked out version of "Crossroads," one of his first hits-- and still a trademark-- performed live by Cream in 1968.

Tonight's prize is an HD DVD of the Cream reunion concert at the Royal Albert Hall. To win, e-mail us at downwithtyranny@aol.com and answer these 4 simple questions about the U.S. Constitution:

Yes, there were 13 original states but delegates of only 12 signed it. Which state didn't have a delegate sign?

Pennsylvania had the most signatories (8). Which state had the fewest?

Most amendments just take a couple years to adopt. Which amendment took the longest and how many years was that?

Eric is probably one of the 2 or 3 most popular performers-- in terms of album sales and ticket sales-- in the entire world. But if he decided he wanted to run for president of the U.S., what exactly makes someone like Tom Tancredo eligible but Eric Clapton ineligible?

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