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    Wed, 06 Mar 2013 15:20:53

    Eric Clapton to Stop Touring When He Turns 70 - He is 67, so that's three years from now...

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    Eric Clapton will hang up his guitar when he turns 70. The legendary rocker said he plans to retire from active touring when he turns 70, which is three years from now, since he is 67. But there is hope that he will keep playing live, which we will tell you about in a sec.

    Clapton said he loves playing live and performing, but he hates the traveling.

    Clapton incurs losses on his tours, since he spends a small fortune by traveling first class, to defray some of the frustration of slugging it out on the road.

    He told Rolling Stone that "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. So the idea is… When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."

    Clapton also contradicted himself and gave fans hope, saying. "I retire at the end of every tour. When I'm on the road, I'm gritting my teeth and putting up with hotels and sleep deprivation and upset tummy. But when I'm off the road, the road suddenly seems like a magical idea again."

    The grass is always greener…

    Have you ever seen Eric Clapton live? If so, share your stories with us!

    —Maggie Pannacione
    03.05.13



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