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Only About Three More Years to Catch Eric Clapton On Tour

Next month, rock icon Eric Clapton will release his twenty-first solo record, entitled Old Sock (not a self-deprecating reference, but a term of endearment reportedly given him by fellow icon David Bowie recently). Clapton will follow up the release with a spring tour in March and April (tour dates below). But as it turns out, if you want to catch Clapton on tour, you better plan for it soon, because in an upcoming interview with Rolling Stone, he says he’ll only be touring for about three more years before hanging up his hat.

Clapton, 67, reportedly told the magazine regarding travel and touring, “When I’m 70, I’ll stop.” We’ve just done the math for you.

According to Clapton, travel has become a “struggle”, not so much for health reasons as for the overall cost of touring, and the hassles with security and immigration services. He says he won’t stop playing, and doesn’t rule out the occasional show, but tours such as this one will be more unlikely.

Clapton’s new album will feature two original tunes, plus reworkings of some of his personal favorites from his catalog. The album reportedly features appearances by Paul McCartney, Chaka Khan, Steve Winwood and others. The upcoming tour will kick off in Phoenix and culminate with Clapton’s own two-day Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in April. Current tour dates are listed below; you can catch details and ticketing info at Eric Clapton’s website. Considering that we don’t know when/where Clapton will perform beyond this tour—if you want to see him live, sooner might be better than later.



3/14  Phoenix, AZ

3/16 Houston, TX

3/17 Austin, TX

3/19 Dallas, TX

3/20 Oklahoma City, OK

3/22 Nashville, TN

3/23 New Orleans, LA

3/26 Jacksonville, FL

3/27 Atlanta, GA

3/29 – 3/30  Hollywood, FL

4/2 Charlotte, NC

4/3 Raleigh, NC

4/5 Uncasville, CT

4/6 Pittsburgh, PA

4/12 – 4/13  New York, NY (Crossroads Guitar Festival, Madison Square Garden)


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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