Eric Clapton To Retire From Touring

Guitarist will quit the road in 2015.

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Eric Clapton has told Rolling Stone that he plans to quit touring when he hits 70. The guitarist, who is currently 68, has stated that he will only be playing one-offs after 2015:

"The bit onstage, that's easy. If I could do that around my neighbourhood 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. 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."

The guitarist also noted that he hates dealing with airport security: "I never get it right," he says.

"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 dont want to do that any more."

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    Ah well, at least he's honest about his reasons. Can't argue with him really.
    One of my favorite moments from the show. Pretty amazing that he's still on the top of his game almost 50 years after starting out as a musician.
    Last time I saw him play here in Denver Doyle Bramhall was playing better than Eric.... Kinda sad. Maybe an off night????
    Sad to hear. Went to see him perform in Stockholm in 2011, he put on a great show.
    Good for him. But he will be for the first time in my country in June and I can't go because of my exams... It seems that I'm never going to see him.
    Alright. My life will go on unchanged.
    I get what you are saying. Clapton's work is already out there. Nothing that he's doing recently is anything news worthy.
    Glad I got to see him at Crossroads in 2010. I feel if there were any time to see Clapton that was it.
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    Missed tickets to see him last time he was here. Hope he plays Adelaide one more time. I respect him enormously and would at least like to see him live just once. Unlike most of the aging rockers, I think EC has gotten better as he's gotten older.
    You know....alot of these rude comments about Clapton retiring are sad, to be honest. Do the haters not realize what a legend Clapton is? I first heard him on the "Slow Hand" CD and instantly fell in love with his music. And I hate like hell to see him retire. But, it's better to fade away then burn out, right?
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