Eric Clapton Wants To Quit The Road When He's 70
Monday, March 4, 2013
Eric Clapton Wants To Quit The Road When He's 70
Eric Clapton says that he will quit touring when he reaches 70 in 2015. Clapton, who kicks off his next string of North American dates on March 14th in Phoenix, Arizona, explained his decision to Rolling Stone, saying, "The bit onstage, that's easy. 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. And 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."
Over a decade ago, during his 2002 world tour, Clapton told us that he's been eying a slow retirement from the concert arena: "I mean, I know I'm probably gonna go out again, in dribs and drabs, but that tour was. . . I mean, I wrote that in the program -- I don't think I can do this anymore."
Eric Clapton North American tour dates (subject to change):
March 14 - Phoenix, AZ - US Airways Center 
March 16 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center 
March 17 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center 
March 19 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center 
March 20 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena 
March 22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena 
March 23 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena 
March 26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
March 27 - Duluth, GA - The Arena At Gwinnett Center 
March 29, 30 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live 
April 2 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena 
April 3 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena 
April 5 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena 
April 6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center 
April 12, 13 - New York, NY - Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden Arena

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