Eric Clapton is retiring. At least, the legendary guitarist has admitted in a new interview that he is ready to stop touring, and he might soon give up playing the guitar completely. Clapton has made quite the name for himself with his guitar, and he is known as one of the best guitar players currently alive. However, he is not a big fan of life on the road. He has complained about living on the road on more than one occasion. The Times-Picayune reported on the musician’s latest comments on June 27.
Clapton, who will turn 70 next year, is not ready to give up music completely though. If he does retire, it will only be from touring. He will continue to record music in the studio until he is no longer able to play the guitar. That might happen soon though. Clapton has claimed at ailments that make it difficult for him to play the instrument he loves. His desire to stop touring comes from the changes in the world since he began his career. Touring is very different than it was back then. He said the following about touring:
“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.”
Clapton does not play as much as he used to though. He appeared at the Life Festival in Poland on Saturday, and he had some unhappy fans when he left the stage during a concert in Glasgow, according to Huffington Post. He blamed a technical difficulty for an early end to the show, but that made fans boo as he left the stage.
Clapton is still very much involved in music though. VH1 shared his latest music video release earlier this week. The video is for “Call Me The Breeze.” The song is a tribute to a fellow guitarist. J.J. Cale died last year, and Clapton wanted to remember the musician. He asked others to help him do that. He said the following about the music video release:
“I would like people to tap into what JJ Cale did – that’s the point. I’m just the messenger; I’ve always felt that’s my job. I try to interpret things so that the public at large, or at least the people who listen to what I do, will become intrigued about where I got it from.”
“Call Me The Breeze” is just one of the tracks on a tribute album that is set for release next month. Tom Petty, John Mayer, and Willie Nelson also have tracks featured on the release. It is very clear that Clapton is not ready to retire completely, but he is ready to slow things down a bit. At the age of 70, he has definitely earned the right to slow it down some, but it would be a shame to lose his talent completely. What do you think? Are you a fan of Eric Clapton? Are you surprised by his announcement?