Todd Peterson
March 18, 2003 03:52 PM

Eric Clapton is no stranger to sold-out venues. But tickets for an upcoming show in London disappeared faster than usual Tuesday.

That’s because just 790 tickets were available, as the guitar god agreed to give a special benefit performance for his daughter Ruth’s school, Reuters reports. Clapton will perform for an hour and a half at the sports hall of Sheffield’s Birkdale school, and will follow with a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The tickets, which cost $35 apiece, were snapped up as soon as they were put on sale. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be divided, with some of the money going toward computer and music equipment for the school, and some of it directed to the drug rehabilitation center in Antigua that the 57-year-old musician helps support. The tickets were offered first-come-first-served to the students’ parents.

“The school is very pleased that (Clapton) has agreed to this,” says a spokeswoman for the school.

Clapton’s guitar-playing prowess is legendary. In addition to a long stretch as a solo artist, he began his career playing with such groups as Blind Faith, Cream and the Yardbirds. Along the way he’s crafted classics such as “Lay Down Sally,” “My Father’s Eyes” and the Grammy winning “Tears in Heaven,” a tribute to his 4-year-old son Conor, who died in 1991.

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