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Eric Clapton Says He Plans to Stop Touring When He's 70

Image courtesy of Surfdog Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Surfdog Records (via ABC News Radio)

Eric Clapton is gearing up to launch a new U.S. tour to promote his forthcoming album, Old Sock , but the guitar master says he likely won't be mounting many more extended road trips.  In a new interview with Rolling Stone , the 67-year-old rock legend reveals, "When I'm 70, I'll stop.  I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."

Clapton says that while he still enjoys the performing aspect of touring, he's getting weary of the traveling.  "If I could [just perform] around my neighborhood, that would be great," he admits.  "You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive."

Clapton adds that the only way doing a lengthy tour is bearable for him these days "is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss."

He also points out that he's fed up with such inconveniences as dealing with airport security.  "I never get it right," he declares.  "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."

Clapton's U.S. tour gets under way with a March 14 concert in Phoenix and culminates with a new edition of his Crossroads Guitar Festival that's scheduled for April 12-13 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.  A European leg will follow.  Old Sock hits stores on March 12.

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