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Eric Clapton in Concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London - May 20, 2009


Eric Clapton seems more serious than ever that his touring days are coming to an end. Clapton, who’s suffered in recent years from a bad back, told Uncut that he might end up eventually unable to play, saying, “It might be that I can’t, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments.  .  . The road has become unbearable. It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It’s hostile — everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars.”

Last year, Clapton — who’s now 69 — told Rolling Stone, “When I’m 70, I’ll stop. I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring, I think. The bit onstage, that’s easy. 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.”