Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton has revealed he plans to retire from touring when he turns seventy.
Speaking with Rolling Stone magazine, Clapton said that the harshness of constantly being on the road was becoming too much: “The bit onstage, that’s easy,” he began. “If I could do that around my neighborhood, that would be great. You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel.”
He continued: “…the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I’m taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale]‘s book: When I’m 70, I’ll stop. I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring, I think.”
The revered guitarist added that he had had enough of being held up by immigration officials: “…security, I never get it right. I forget to take off my belt, or I have change in my pocket. Next thing I know, ‘Can you come over here please?’ I just don’t want to do that anymore,” he laughed.
The full interview with Clapton is out now in the new issue of Rolling Stone.
In the meantime, Clapton is preparing to release his 21st solo album, Old Sock, on March 12th and for a spring U.S. arena tour, including his Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April. A full list of dates and venues can be found below.
Eric Clapton 2013 US tour dates:
Thursday, March 14 – Phoenix, AZ – U.S. Airways Center
Saturday, March 16 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Sunday, March 17 – Austin, TX – Frank Erwin Center
Tuesday, March 19 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Wednesday, March 20 – Oklahoma City, OK – Chesapeake Energy Arena
Friday, March 22 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
Saturday, March 23 – New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena
Tuesday, March 26 – Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, March 27 – Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Arena
Friday, March 29 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
Saturday, March 30 – Hollywood, FL – Seminole Hard Rock Live
Tuesday, April 2 – Charlotte, NC – Time Warner Cable Arena
Wednesday, April 3 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Friday, April 5 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Saturday, April 6 – Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center
Friday, April 12 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Saturday, April 13 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden