AceShowbiz - Eric Clapton announced that he would release his first full-length Christmas album on October 12. The upcoming album, which is entitled "Happy Xmas", will feature fourteen tracks, including "White Christmas", "Silent Night", "Away in a Manger" and an original new song "For Love on Christmas Day". Among those tracks, the "Wonderful Tonight" singer dedicates one song to late DJ Avicii.
According to Billboard, Eric dedicates "Jingle Bells" to the late musician as he admires him. The Swedish musician and DJ, who struggled with drugs and alcohol, was found dead of an alleged suicide back in April.
It's understandable if the blues legend admires the DJ, given the fact that he himself faced same struggles in 1960s and 1970s. "In the lowest moments of my life, the only reason I didn't commit suicide was that I knew I wouldn't be able to drink anymore if I was dead," Clapton revealed in his autobiography.
"It was the only thing I thought was worth living for, and the idea that people were about to try and remove me from alcohol was so terrible that I drank and drank and drank, and they had to practically carry me into the clinic," the 73-year-old guitarist and singer continued.
Clapton created the cover art for his upcoming album himself. The hand-drawn cover sees Santa Claus smiling in his famous red-and-white costume. As for the songs, the "White Room" singer stated that he planned to put a little touch of blues.
"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," he told the site. "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'."
"Happy Xmas" is now available for pre-order.