Clapton Contemplating Retirement
It seems as if Eric Clapton is looking towards some kind of semi-retirement in the near future. According to Classic Rock, Clapton made the following statement in the tour programme from his recently completed tour of Japan: "I may not be able to come back again. I’ve been coming here for 40 years, since before some of you were born. It’s the best place I’ve ever played. Thank you for having me."
Clapton's idea is apparently to stop touring after he turns 70 years old in 2015, according to an interview he did with Rolling Stone last year: "The bit onstage, that's easy," Clapton, told the magazine. "If I could do that around my neighborhood, 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. And 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."
So even if this doesn't mean Slowhand will go in to seclusion, you should probably make an effort to catch the legendary guitar player the next time he comes around your neck of the woods, cause it might be the last.