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Eric Clapton: When I'm 70, I'll stop touring

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Eric Clapton is about to release his 21st solo album, "Old Sock," on March 12 and head out on a spring U.S. arena tour, including the guitarist's Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York's Madison Square Garden in April. See him when you can: In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Clapton reveals his touring days are winding down.

"The bit onstage, that's easy," Clapton, 67, tells senior writer Brian Hiatt. "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."

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Hiatt notes that Clapton has always hated dealing with immigration officials. "And security," Clapton adds. "I never get it right. I forget to take off my belt, or I have change in my pocket. Next thing I know, 'Can you come over here, please?' I just don't want to do that anymore," he says with a laugh.

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Feb 28, 2013 2:26PM
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I realize immigration and security have a job to do but once you ID someone like Eric Clapton, should that not be enough? I mean come on people it's not like he is a terrorist or potential terrorist. Does someone like him have to be searched, patted down and run though a metal detector? 
Feb 28, 2013 1:22PM
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One of the BEST shows I have seen.  Saw him in Hartford quite a few years ago and it was one hell of a show!!!!
Feb 28, 2013 1:09PM
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Let the young ones take it...you did well!
Feb 28, 2013 1:07PM
Feb 28, 2013 12:50PM
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I've met him but have never had the opportunity to see him in concert.

I will certainly be trying to get to one of his shows before he decides to take a much needed rest.

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