Eric Clapton has announced three New York City dates, which are being billed as his final North American concerts for 2018. “Slowhand” and his band will play Madison Square Garden on October 6th, 7th, and 8th. In addition to two July arena gigs in Cologne and Hamburg, Germany, on July 8th, Clapton will join up with Santana, Steve Winwood, and Gary Clark Jr. for what just may be the concert of the summer at London’s Hyde Park.
Back on January 9th, during a chat with Britain’s BBC Radio 2, Clapton touched upon the fact that his live dates are decidedly more far and few in between, explaining, “I am still going to work. I am going to do a show at Hyde Park in July; the only thing I am concerned with now is I am going deaf, I’ve got tinnitus, my hands just about work. . . I mean, I am hoping that people will come along and see me (for) more than (because) I am a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself that I am still here. I’m doing a few gigs. The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my 70’s and being able to be proficient.”
Back in February, the no holds barred Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars documentary premiered on Showtime.
Last year, when Eric Clapton met with the press at the Toronto Film Festival, he spoke about how the new doc was able to chronicle his journey in a swift and truthful manner: “It’s very difficult in places, but overall, I think it was a great thing to see from beginning to end. When we began it, I didn’t really grasp where it was going to be focused; I thought it would be just one area. And then when I realized that we had to cover everything, I thought, ‘Well, I didn’t know they’re gonna do this in less than six hours,’ y’know? It’s pretty overwhelming. A lot of it I don’t even remember. But the last section is my (laughs) favorite part of all, ’cause I look like I’ve got a smile on my face (laughter) for the first (laughs) time in my life.”
October 6, 7, 8 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
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