Eric Clapton Announces North American Tour Dates

Leg in support of Reptile, due Tuesday, kicks off May 10.

Slowhand is picking up the pace on his world tour.

Rock legend Eric Clapton has announced the next leg of the trek — a 24-date North American outing that begins May 10 in Dallas and concludes June 22 in New York.

Clapton is touring worldwide for the first time in a decade in support of his latest solo project, Reptile, which hits stores Tuesday (March 13). The guitarist/singer has been playing Europe and Russia since February and will hit South America and the Far East later this year. He is also planning a second North American leg.

Texas singer/guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, who guests on Reptile, and his band, Smokestack, will open for Clapton, according to a Reprise spokesperson.

Guitarist Andy Fairweather Low, bassist Nathan East, drummer Steve Gadd, keyboardist David Sancious and percussionist Paulinho Da Costa will make up Clapton's touring band.

Reptile, the follow-up to last year's Grammy-winning collaboration with B.B. King, Riding With the King, features several new Clapton tunes, along with covers of James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," Stevie Wonder's "I Ain't Gonna Stand for It," Ray Charles' "Come Back Baby" and J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light."

The album was produced by Simon Climie (formerly of British pop duo Climie Fisher), who previously collaborated on Clapton's 1998 album, Pilgrim. Guests on Reptile include jazz keyboardist Joe Sample, the Impressions (the late Curtis Mayfield's band), former Beatles sideman Billy Preston and ex-Squeeze member Paul Carrack.

Clapton, who earned the nickname Slowhand for his remarkable guitar skills, has released dozens of classic albums with several bands, including the Yardbirds, Cream and Derek and the Dominoes. His memorable 1992 recording of "Tears in Heaven," which he wrote about the death of his 4-year-old son, further established Clapton as a singer and songwriter.

Eric Clapton tour dates, according to Reprise:

  • 5/10 - Dallas, TX @ Reunion Arena

  • 5/12 - San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome

  • 5/14 - Houston, TX @ Compaq Center

  • 5/15 - New Orleans, LA @ N.O. Arena

  • 5/18 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ National Car Rental Center

  • 5/19 - Tampa, FL @ Ice Palace

  • 5/21 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

  • 5/22 - Memphis, TN @ The Pyramid

  • 5/24 - Nashville, TN @ Nashville Arena

  • 5/25 - Charlotte, NC @ Charlotte Coliseum

  • 5/27 - Washington, DC @ MCI Center

  • 5/30 - State College, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center

  • 6/1 - Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

  • 6/2 - Indianapolis, IN @ Conseco Fieldhouse

  • 6/4 - Cleveland, OH @ Gund Arena

  • 6/6 - Detroit, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills

  • 6/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

  • 6/11-12 - Boston, MA @ Fleet Center

  • 6/15 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena

  • 6/16 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena

  • 6/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center

  • 6/21-22 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden