Tournament of Rock IV: Eric Clapton vs. Van Hagar

Our second Sweet 16 matchup saw our biggest voter turnout so far, and nearly 70% of these folks preferred the definitively Midwestern stylings of REO Speedwagon to those of our friends from across the pond, Def Leppard. Congrats to Joe Perry and the boys, and we’ll see REO in the Great 8 vs. either Bon Jovi or Boston.

Up next, a clash of legendary guitarists who love the smell of money: Eric Clapton vs. Van Hagar.

fikshun: In this match-up, you have a once-talented guitarist who drank/drugged himself into mediocrity versus Eric Clapton  … er, wait.  Never mind. At least Eric Clapton had some good years. Van Hagar is the Wikipedia definition of the bad years.

Me: Hey, Eric, the devil is on the phone and he says if you’re going to keep fucking around with John Mayer he’s going to need to renegotiate your contract.

Jim: Eric Clapton nearly gets a pass based on his Bluesbreakers work alone – not to mention Cream, which I have now done. John Mayer still sucks.  Eddie – oh, Eddie, I see some SOB “tapping” his fret board and throw up a little in my mouth. You were soooo fucking good.  So it comes down to whether one thinks Sammy Hagar or John Mayer is a greater chancre on the legacy of the respective career. Pass the antibiotics….

Bonesparkle: Here’s an idea. Let’s replace the singer who’s making fun of high school sophomores with…wait for it…a high school sophomore!

Mr. Clapton, you have the floor.

And now, Mr. Van Hagar, 4:25 for a rebuttal.

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Here’s the up-to-date bracket.