Eric Clapton's current world tour, his first in a decade, may well be his last extensive outing.
"I'll be 56 this year, and by the time the opportunity to do a world tour
comes around again, I will probably be in my 60s," Clapton said. "I'm more
likely to want to go fishing then."
That doesn't mean Slowhand is revving to retire quite yet. He will tour on a smaller scale in the future, according to his spokesperson, and Clapton said he'll probably still play one-off shows from time to time. In addition, he still has two albums left on his contract with Warner Bros. and several projects up his sleeve.
Clapton is planning to get back in the studio with long-running soul group the Impressions, who sang background vocals on several tracks on his latest album, Reptile. A fan since childhood, Clapton finally met the Impressions in 1999 at the funeral for their guitarist and singer, Curtis Mayfield.
"[At the memorial service] we sang 'I've Been Trying' together, which was one
of the moments of my life," Clapton said. "I was shaking like a leaf. It
was a privilege to be there and meet those guys."
Clapton also has an unfulfilled musical wish he'd like to see realized before retiring. Over the years, he has played with most of his heroes: B.B. King, Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King and Robert Cray, to name a bunch. There's still someone Clapton is aching to get into the recording studio with, though.
"I've always wanted to work with Ray Charles," he said. "I've
played on an album of his once, but he wasn't there. It was one of those
situations where I overdubbed my part, so that's still something I would love
The remaining North American dates in Clapton's Reptile tour,
according to his publicist:
- 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 - Auburn Hills, MI @ Palace of Auburn Hills
- 6/9 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
- 6/11 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
- 6/12 - Boston, MA @ FleetCenter
- 6/15 - Buffalo, NY @ HSBC Arena
- 6/16 - Albany, NY @ Pepsi Arena
- 6/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ First Union Center
- 6/21 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 6/22 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 6/23 - New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
- 7/17 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
- 7/19 - Fargo, ND @ Fargodome
- 7/21 - Milwaukee, WI @ Bradley Center
- 7/22 - St. Louis, MO @ Savvis Center
- 7/24 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 7/25 - Chicago, IL @ United Center
- 7/27 - Moline, IL @ Mark of the Quad Cities
- 7/28 - Kansas City, MO @ Kemper Arena
- 7/30 - Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
- 8/1 - Salt Lake City, UT @ Delta Center
- 8/2 - Nampa, ID @ Idaho Center
- 8/4 - Seattle, WA @ Key Arena at Seattle Center
- 8/5 - Vancouver, BC @ General Motors Place
- 8/7 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
- 8/11 - Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
- 8/13 - Las Vegas, NV @ Thomas & Mack Center
- 8/15 - Phoenix, AZ @ America West Arena
- 8/17 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
- 8/18 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center