Friday, March 31, 2017

VIDEO: Eric Clapton spotted in wheelchair at Los Angeles airport

Video has surfaced of Eric Clapton leaving Los Angeles on Wednesday in a wheelchair after postponing a pair of concerts in the city last weekend over health issues.

TMZ reports the guitar icon was seen holding hands with one of his daughters as he was wheeled through the terminal at LAX.

Clapton – who turned 72 on March 30 – recently launched his limited run of 2017 shows with two dates at New York’s Madison Square Garden before heading to Los Angeles.

“Due to severe bronchitis and under doctor’s advisement, Eric Clapton is rescheduling two shows at The Forum in Los Angeles,” read the official statement by the guitarist’s representatives. “The Saturday March 25th show will now be held Wednesday, September 13th. The Sunday March 26th show will now be held Monday September 18th.

“He is very sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to these shows. Ticketholders can retain their tickets for the new dates or refunds will be issued at point of purchase. In addition, Eric will play the already scheduled two shows at The Forum September 15th and 16th.”

Last year, Clapton revealed the extent of various health issues had made playing guitar, among other things, a challenge for him.

“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” said Clapton. “It started with lower back pain and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg.

"[It's] hard work to play the guitar and I've had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve. And I’ve had to figure out how to deal with some other things from getting old.”

The guitarist is next scheduled to perform three nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May.

See also:

Eric Clapton postpones Los Angeles concerts due to illness
Eric Clapton tops the hennemusic Hot 10
VIDEO: Eric Clapton opens 2017 concerts in New York
Eric Clapton streams song tribute to John Wetton of Asia
Search Eric Clapton at hennemusic