Eric Clapton has announced a series of spring 2017 live dates in the US.
The guitarist will perform his only North American concerts next year with pairs of shows in New York and Los Angeles in March, where he’ll be joined by special guests Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr.
Clapton will be accompanied by his band members Walt Richmond, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.
Celebrating his 70th birthday last year, the bluesman wrote a heartfelt note in the program that began “I swear this is it, no more…..I know I've been threatening retirement for the last fifty years, but I didn't think I'd ever really want to stop. I love what I do and always have done, but over the last few decades I've found what I was always really looking for, a loving family who love me just the way I am, which means I can relax and rest when I need to, and more and more I treasure the beauty of that....”
The letter went on to say, “Hopefully, I might be able to remember and breathe some life into this old stuff…. in truth believe me, with these great guys to play with, I'll be having the time of my life!”
A Chase pre-sale starts December 1 at noon EST, with general public tickets going on sale December 3 at 10:00 a.m. local time.
Clapton recently released “Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale.”
The project captures the guitarist in a 2007 concert as part of a tour in support of his and Cale’s 2006 album, “The Road To Escondido.”
2017 US dates
Mar 19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar 20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Mar 25 – Los Angeles,CA – The Forum
Mar 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
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