Over the weekend, I did something I’ve never done before — and I’m giddy as a drunken man! — I paid $30.00USD to join the Eric Clapton fan club online. Eric’s fan club is operated by Warner Brothers, his record company, and it looks like there are around 2,000 paid members of the community.
There are several levels of fan club participation.
I chose the cheap as chips package.
Here’s what I get with my yearly membership:
Once you paid, you have immediate access to ECaccess.cc and you are greeted with this welcome message about the new site design — that is almost a year old!
The Eric Clapton fan club site is pretty dead.
Like Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton does not participate in his own official fan club.
There are not a lot of new community messages and the site feels old and outdated in design and content.
My feeling is this fan club will be open and free to join within two years.
You can watch videos, download wallpaper and Eric Clapton Avatars and you can upload your own Eric images:
The active fan community seem sad and disgruntled.
There’s lots of complaining and not a lot of celebrating or critical analysis of Eric’s work:
The one worthy chit for joining are the discount codes for buying Clapton stuff and downloading your two free songs.
seems in the USA the discount codes don’t get you good concert seats in
the way of tickets for live performances — the big sponsors and ticket
scalpers get those prime locations — but outside the USA, people say the special code can, indeed, help get seats “down front”
and that’s a good thing.
Would I spend another $30.00USD to stay in the Eric Clapton fan club for a second year?
Am I glad I spent $30.00USD this year to get a taste of the insider Clapton community?