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Eric Clapton: When I'm 70, I'll stop touring
Feb. 28, 2013, 10:51 AM EST
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
"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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