Legendary guitarist Eric Clapton will turn 70 next year and expects to retire from the road
around that time. Clapton first revealed his plans to stop touring in a Rolling Stone interview published last year and has re-iterated his intention in a new cover story from Uncut Magazine. EC also discusses the
current state of Cream and squashes any hope of a reunion.
The guitarist is looking at following in the footsteps of his hero J.J. Cale by retiring from
active touring at age 70. Clapton's issues are with the hardships of life on the road.
"The road has become unbearable. It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to
get anywhere. It's hostile – everywhere: getting in and out of airports, travelling on
planes and in cars," Clapton said. However, Clapton won't stop making music all together,
"What I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don't
want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself." When asked whether
he'd continue playing guitar, Clapton responded "Maybe. It might be that I can't, if it
hurts too much. I have odd ailments." Eric Clapton has one final date left on his current
tour of Europe, which takes place in Poland on Saturday. We hope he'll do a final tour
before calling it a day.
As for Cream, the guitarist told Uncut that he hasn't spoken with drummer Ginger Baker and
bassist Jack Bruce since their last gigs together in 2005. “After that I was pretty
convinced that we had gone as far as we could without someone getting killed. At this time
in my life I don’t want blood on my hands! I don’t want to be part of some kind of tragic
[Published on: 6/27/14]