Clapton Says No More Touring After 70
3/1/2013 9:50:00 AM
Eric Clapton fans now have an additional incentive to see the guitar legend when he embarks on a U.S. tour this spring.
Clapton tells Rolling Stone. "If I could [play] 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." I think? Aha! He left an opening.
And, like the rest of us, Clapton gets frustrated with airport security. "I never get it right," he laughed. "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."
You can hear The Loop preview of his advance track, "Gotta Get Over," from the new album Old Sock here. The album releases on March 12.
Oh, by the way... Eric turns 70 on March 30, 2015.