I always wondered why Eric Clapton was called 'Slowhand' as there was nothing slow about his playing. I just looked it up!
"The English audiences would wait out the delay by doing what is called a "slow handclap". Clapton's nickname of "Slowhand" came from Giorgio Gomelsky, a pun on the slow handclapping that ensued when Clapton stopped playing while he replaced a string."
Clapton told his official biographer, Ray Coleman, in the mid-80s that “My nickname of 'Slowhand' came from Giorgio Gomelsky. He coined it as a good pun. He kept saying I was a fast player, so he put together the slow handclap phrase into 'Slowhand' as a play on words.”
A friend of mine, not a close friend, but I've played with him a few times.
Just him tinkering about at home with a new EVH amp.
I call him Gary Slowy...heh, it really doesn't fit, and he doesn't like it....maybe that's why we're not that close of friends