In a new interview with Uncut (via NME), Eric Clapton has revealed that he is quitting touring because he finds the process "unbearable" and "unapproachable." The legendary guitarist had previously stated that he'd retire from touring in 2015, in time for his 70th birthday:
"There are tons of things I'd like to do, but I'm looking at retirement too. 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."
Clapton complained that much of the world had become "a different version of America," before going on to state: "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."
He also alluded that he may stop playing guitar altogether due to health issues:
"Maybe. It might be that I can't, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments."
The former Cream and Yardbirds member recently caused controversy after apparently walking offstage during a gig in Glasgow. He blamed a "technical fault" for the incident.