It’s not unusual for an artist to say they are retiring and then drawing out that final tour for years.
Eric Clapton is pushing his farewell into a second year but swears that “This is it. No more.”
Clapton will play four U.S. shows, two in New York and two in Los Angeles, in 2017. Joining him for the dates will be special guests Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan along with his band of Walt Richmond, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John.
As to whether this is really the end or not, Clapton said in a statement:
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…. 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!
Tickets will be available for Chase customers on Thursday (December 1) at Noon EST with general public sales starting on Saturday (December 3) at 10 AM local time.
03/19 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
03/20 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
03/25 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Forum
03/26 – Los Angeles, CA – Los Angeles Forum