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Eric Clapton has plans to quit touring
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Eric Clapton has announced he has plans to quit touring for good. This after the legendary guitarist called life on the road "unbearable" in a summer 2014 interview with Uncut magazine.
Clapton said his age (he's nearly a septuagenarian) and various "odd ailments" may also eventually lead him to quit playing guitar altogether. He said instead of touring, he'll likely focus on studio work.
"There are tons of things I'd like to do, but I'm looking at retirement too," Clapton told the magazine. What I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don't want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself."
Clapton will play a series of concert dates in celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday on March 30, 2015. All of the shows will take place at London's Royal Albert Hall beginning Thursday, May 14, 2015 through Monday, May 18, 2015. He is expected to be accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.
The shows will mark 50 years since Clapton first played at Royal Albert Hall. His debut was on December 7, 1964 when he performed as part of the Yardbirds for BBC-2 TV's "Top Beat Show." Clapton returned to the venue four years later for Cream's U.K. Farewell Concerts on November 26, 1968.
Clapton returns to New Orleans Jazz Festival
New music was the name of the game for the legendary Eric Clapton in 2013. From the release of his 21st studio album to his popular "Unplugged" project, it was a way for Clapton to more than celebrate his 50 years as a professional musician.
Clapton inked a deal back in January 2013 with Surfdog Records just in time for the release of his album, "Old Sock," in March. It featured two new compositions, "Gotta Get Over" and "Every Little Thing," as well as covers of some of Clapton's favorite songs from a period spanning from his childhood to current day. He also roped in plenty of big names to guest on the project, including Sir Paul McCartney and Steve Winwood, and watched the album climb to No. 11 in the U.K. and No. 7 on U.S. album charts.
Seven months later, Clapton's "Unplugged" album and concert DVD were also re-released, titled "Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered." It included the original 14 tracks, as well as six additional tracks, including 2 versions of "My Father's Eyes." The DVD also contained a restored version of the concert, as well as 60 minutes of previously unseen footage.
Clapton's 2014 Tour resumes April 27 with his first headlining appearance at the 45th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. That gig will be followed by a number of U.S. shows, with U.K. and European dates to come in June. A new band will play with Clapton throughout the trek, including Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Dave Bronze (bass), Henry Spinetti (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (keyboards), Sharon White (vocals) and Michelle John (vocals).
Clapton shows off his "Old Sock"
3/29/13: At age 67, one might expect Eric Clapton - one of the most iconic guitarists of our time - to retire his six-string and rest on his laurels for the rest of his career. While that's not out of the question, you have a least a few more years to catch this living legend on the road. In an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine back in February, Clapton reveals, "When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring I think." The interview came on the heels of Clapton's new album announcement - his 20th solo release - which came out on March 12. "Old Sock" features two new tracks from the artist, as well as a slew of covers of some old favorite tunes. It also features several guest artists including Steve Winwood, JJ Cale and Sir Paul McCartney.
For now, you can catch Clapton at his Crossroads Guitar Festival which takes place from April 12 - 13 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event will feature performances from some of the world's best: Clapton (obviously), Jeff Beck, John Mayer and Booker T, just to name a few. Profits from the event will go toward the Clapton-founded "Crossroads Centre," an Antigua-based foundation aimed to provide affordable treatment for alcohol and other drug dependencies, something the musician has very publicly suffered from.
A legendary guitarist, Eric Clapton is the winner of many Grammy Awards and is the only artist to be inducted three times into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. His many group affiliations - the Yardbirds, the Bluesbreakers, Cream, Blind Faith, and Delaney & Bonnie & Friends (among others) - aside, Clapton's solo career began in 1974 with the release of '461 Ocean Boulevard.' The album shot to the top of the charts and spawned the number one single, 'I Shot the Sheriff,' a remake of the Bob Marley tune.The follow-ups to '461 Ocean Boulevard' included 'There's One in Every Crowd' (March 1975), the live 'E.C. was Here' (August 1975) and 'No Reason to Cry' (August 1976). All were less successful than Clapton's initial solo effort. But 'Slowhand' (November 1977) featured powerful songs like 'Cocaine' and found commercial success with 'Lay Down Sally' and 'Wonderful Tonight.' Future works including 'Backless' (November 1978) and 'Another Ticket' (February 1981) were also big sellers.Clapton's popularity waned in the 80's, and the turn of the decade brought tragedy.
On August 27, 1990 fellow blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, who was touring with Clapton, and three members of their road crew perished in a helicopter crash. Then, on March 20, 1991, Clapton's four-year-old son died in a fall in New York City. Clapton expressed his grief through the song, 'Tears in Heaven,' which won Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance at the 35th annual Grammy Awards. The 90s marked Clapton's return to his roots with the release of 'From The Cradle,' and the soul- influenced 'Pilgrim,' while the turn of the century would ultimately feature his own works, as well as collaborations with artists like BB King and J.J. Cale. Clapton has continued to tour extensively, performing at thousands of concerts around the globe. He has also been committed to working with others who suffer from addictions to drugs and alcohol, and released an autobiography that has topped best-seller lists worldwide.
Eric Clapton Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|Play the Blues: Live From Jazz at Lincoln Center||2011|
|Tribute To Elmore, White-Collection||2010|
|Run Back to Your Side||2010|
|Live From Madison Square Garden||2009|
|1990-04-24: Houston 1990: The Summit, Houston, TX, USA||2009|
|The A.R.M.S. Benefit Concert||2008|
|Live at Budokan||2008|
|Presence of the Lord (disc 2)||2007|
|1975-10-29: Sunpukaikan, Shizuoka, Japan||2007|
|Eric Clapton & Friends||2006|
|The Road to Escondido||2006|
|After Midnight Live||2006|
|For Your Love||2005|
|Me and Mr. Johnson||2004|
|Sessions for Robert J||2004|
|20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: The Best of Eric Clapton||2004|
|Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues: Eric Clapton||2003|
|One More Car One More Rider||2002|
|I Ain't Gonna Stand for It||2001|
|Unplugged/Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton (disc 2)||2001|
|The Legends Collection: The Eric Clapton Collection, Volume 1||2001|
|The Legends Collection: The Eric Clapton Collection, Volume 2||2001|
|Behind the Sun||2000|
|Strictly the Blues||2000|
|Riding With the King||2000|
|Hits of Fire||1999|
|Best of the Yardbird Years||1999|
|1987-04-27: MSG: Madison Square Garden: Newyork 1987 Tour Final: Madison Square Gardens, New York , NY, USA||1999|
|The Story of Us||1999|
|The Blues Years||1999|
|Blue Eyes Blue||1999|
|Clapton Chronicles: The Best of Eric Clapton||1999|
|(I) Get Lost||1999|
|Happy, Happy Birthday Eric!||1998|
|My Father's Eyes||1998|
|The Professor Blues Review, Montreux, 1986||1998|
|Eric Clapton, Volume 2||1997|
|Eric Clapton, Volume 3||1997|
|1990-10-05: Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina||1997|
|Change the World||1996|
|E.C. Was Here||1996|
|Crossroads 2: Live in the Seventies||1996|
|Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert||1995|
|The Cream of Clapton||1995|
|1974-08-01: Smile: The Omni, Atlanta, GA, USA||1995|
|From the Cradle||1994|
|It Hurts Me Too||1994|
|Just One Night||1994|
|With Yardbirds and Jimmy Page||1994|
|White Boy Blues||1994|
|For Your Love||1993|
|Tears in Heaven||1992|
|It's Probably Me||1992|
|Mister Slowhand (disc 2: Mister Slow Hand)||1992|
|The First Time I Met the Blues||1990|
|The Twelfth Night (disc 1)||1989|
|The Early Clapton Collection||1988|
|Behind the Mask||1987|
|Post Cricket Jam||1986|
|Edge of Darkness||1985|
|Backtrackin' (disc 1)||1984|
|Money and Cigarettes||1983|
|The Night of the Kings||1983|
|Timepieces, Volume II: 'Live' in the Seventies||1983|
|Time Pieces: The Best of Eric Clapton||1982|
|No Reason to Cry||1976|
|There's One in Every Crowd||1975|
|Knocking on Heaven's Door / Someone Like You||1975|
|461 Ocean Boulevard||1974|
|Eric Clapton at His Best||1972|
|Lonely Years / Bernard Jenkins||1966|
Top 10 Eric Clapton Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|1||Tears in Heaven||205,590||75,798|
|5||I Shot The Sheriff||67,615||30,635|
|6||Change The World||64,718||27,272|
|7||Lay Down Sally||49,835||24,570|
|9||Knockin' On Heaven's Door||40,202||20,030|
|10||My Father's Eyes||40,001||17,892|
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Eric Clapton Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 06/28/2014 Oswiecim Stadium MOSiR 06/26/2014 Vienna 9 Wiener Stadthalle 06/24/2014 Mannheim BW SAP Arena 06/22/2014 Leeds W York First Direct Arena 06/21/2014 Glasgow Glg The SSE Hydro 05/03/2014 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 05/02/2014 Pelham AL Oak Mountain Amphitheatre 04/30/2014 Memphis TN Mud Island Amphitheatre 04/25/2014 New Orleans LA New Orleans City Park 03/04/2014 Singapore ?? Singapore Indoor Stadium 03/02/2014 Bangkok ?? Impact Arena 02/28/2014 Tokyo 13 Budokan Hall 02/25/2014 Nagoya Aichi Prefectural Art Theater 02/23/2014 Yokohama ?? Yokohama Arena
Eric Clapton Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/03/2013 London London Royal Festival Hall 06/15/2013 Cologne NW Lanxess Arena 06/14/2013 Oberhausen North Rhine-westphal Konig Pilsener Arena 06/12/2013 Stuttgart BW Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle 06/07/2013 Lodz Poland Atlas Arena 06/06/2013 Lodz Poland Atlas Arena 06/05/2013 Riga ?? Arena Riga 06/04/2013 Vilnius Zalgiris Stadium 06/02/2013 Leipzig SN Leipzig Arena 06/01/2013 Hamburg HH O2 World Hamburg 05/30/2013 Berlin BE O2 World 05/26/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/24/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/23/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/21/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/20/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/18/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/17/2013 London Kec Royal Albert Hall 05/14/2013 Manchester Lancashire Manchester Arena 05/13/2013 Birmingham Warwickshire Genting Arena 05/10/2013 Belfast Ant Odyssey Arena 05/09/2013 Dublin D The O2 - Dublin 04/13/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 04/12/2013 New York NY Madison Square Garden 04/06/2013 Pittsburgh PA Consol Energy Center 04/05/2013 Uncasville CT Mohegan Sun Arena 04/03/2013 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 04/02/2013 Charlotte NC Time Warner Cable Arena 03/30/2013 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 03/29/2013 Hollywood FL Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino 03/27/2013 Duluth GA Gwinnett Center 03/26/2013 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 03/23/2013 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 03/22/2013 Nashville TN Bridgestone Arena 03/20/2013 Oklahoma City OK Chesapeake Energy Arena 03/19/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 03/17/2013 Austin TX Frank Erwin Center 03/16/2013 Houston TX Toyota Center 03/14/2013 Phoenix AZ US Airways Center
Eric Clapton Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 12/12/2012 New York NY Madison Square Garden 02/24/2012 New York NY Apollo Theater
Eric Clapton Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 05/23/2011 London ON Royal Albert Hall (Toronto) 05/21/2011 London ON Royal Albert Hall (Toronto) 05/20/2011 London ON Royal Albert Hall (Toronto) 05/14/2011 Cardiff Cardiff Motorpoint Arena Cardiff 05/10/2011 Belfast Ant Odyssey Arena 05/09/2011 Dublin D The Grand Social Dublin 04/09/2011 New York NY Rose Theater at Lincoln Center 04/09/2011 New York NY Rose Theater at Lincoln Center 04/08/2011 New York NY Rose Theater at Lincoln Center 04/08/2011 New York NY Rose Theater at Lincoln Center 03/09/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 03/08/2011 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 03/06/2011 San Diego CA Valley View Casino Center 03/05/2011 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 03/03/2011 Sacramento CA Sleep Train Arena 03/02/2011 San Jose CA SAP Center 02/28/2011 Portland OR Moda Center at the Rose Quarter 02/26/2011 Seattle WA Key Arena 02/25/2011 Vancouver BC Rogers Arena
Eric Clapton Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 07/03/2010 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 07/02/2010 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 06/30/2010 Cincinnati OH Riverbend Music Center 06/28/2010 Milwaukee WI Marcus Amphitheater 06/26/2010 Bridgeview IL Toyota Park 05/21/2010 London London Wembley Arena 05/20/2010 London London Wembley Arena 03/13/2010 Orlando FL Amway Center 03/11/2010 Sunrise FL BB&T Center 03/09/2010 Duluth GA The Arena At Gwinnett Center 03/08/2010 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 03/06/2010 New Orleans LA Smoothie King Center 03/05/2010 Memphis TN FedExForum 03/03/2010 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 03/02/2010 Tulsa OK BOK Center 02/28/2010 Birmingham AL BJCC Arena 02/27/2010 Nashville TN Nashville Arena 02/25/2010 Pittsburgh PA Mellon Arena 02/22/2010 Montreal QC Bell Centre 02/21/2010 Toronto ON Air Canada Centre 02/19/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden 02/18/2010 New York NY Madison Square Garden