Eric Clapton announces first Christmas album Happy Xmas, featuring song dedicated to late Avicii

Press Trust of India

Aug,21 2018 12:29:06 IST

Veteran musician Eric Clapton has announced his first ever full-length studio holiday album, Happy Xmas, set to release on 12 October. The album will feature a version of 'Jingle Bells' that is dedicated to the late Swedish DJ Avicii, who died of an apparent suicide in Oman in April.

Eric Clapton (L) and Avicii (R). Twitter @BaldAvengers57

Eric Clapton (L) and Avicii (R). Twitter @BaldAvengers57

Happy Xmas is Clapton's 24th studio album and his first since 2016's I Still Do and mixes holiday classics with lesser-known unique titles, as well as an original new song 'For Love on Christmas Day', reported Billboard.

Clapton and Avicii both struggled with substance abuse Clapton with both drugs and alcohol in the 1960s and 1970s, and Avicii with alcohol, which many believe contributed to the ill health that led him to stop touring. Avicii was open about his struggles with mental health and addiction before his death.

"I had in my head that these holiday songs could be done with a slight blues tinge, and I started to figure out how to play the blues lines in between the vocals. I got it down and one of the most identifiable songs on the album, the one that became the foundational style, is 'Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas'," Clapton said in the album announcement.

 

Updated Date: Aug 21, 2018 12:29 PM