Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Eric Clapton announces new band lineup and tour dates

Eric Clapton has announced the lineup of his new live band and a series of 2014 tour dates.

Clapton’s new touring group features a mix of some familiar faces from recent tours and some old friends. Joining Eric on stage will be Nathan East (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (keyboards), Sharon White (backing vocals) and Michelle John (backing vocals).

The guitar legend will kick off a Japanese tour on February 18 at Tokyo’s most famous venue, the Nippon Budokan; he’ll play three shows there and another four in the country before dates in Singapore and UAE.

A few dates will be added to the 2014 Far and Mid East Tour in the coming weeks.

Clapton will also undertake two small tours in the spring and early summer, with dates to be announced.

Eric recently released a new live package, “2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival.”

The set features nearly 5 hours of music across 45 tracks, plus conversations with the artists and other behind-the-scenes footage from the event.

On April 12 and 13 in New York City, Clapton assembled an unparalleled lineup of the world’s most celebrated guitarists for the fourth incarnation of his legendary festival, where the world’s greatest players perform together to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua. Clapton founded this treatment and education facility in 1998 to help people suffering from chemical dependency.

Check out the extensive tracklisting for the package here.

Eric Clapton & His Band
2014 Tour Dates

Feb 18 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
Feb 20 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
Feb 21 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
Feb 23 - Yokohama Arena - Yokohama, Japan
Feb 25 - Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium - Nagoya, Japan
Feb 26 - Osaka-Jo Hall - Osaka, Japan
Feb 28 - Nippon Budokan - Tokyo, Japan
Mar 04 - Singapore Indoor Stadium - Singapore
Mar 06 - Dubai Media City Amphitheatre - Dubai, UAE

See also:

AUDIO: Eric Clapton previews unreleased 1970s song Boogie Funk
VIDEO: Eric Clapton plays Tears In Heaven at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
VIDEO: Allman Brothers perform Whipping Post at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
VIDEO: Eric Clapton jams with Allman Brothers at 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival
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