Eric Clapton performs onstage with his band at Madison Square Garden on March 19, 2017. Despite his ongoing threats to retire, Eric Clapton has announced a limited run of U.S. shows for 2019, including a stop at Chase Center , the new home of the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, on Sept. 11.
The thee-date tour also includes stops at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Sept. 13 and Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix on Sept. 14, leading up to Clapton’s first Crossroads Guitar Festival appearance in six years in Dallas on Sept. 20 and 21.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist’s band on these dates will include guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, multi-instrumentalist Paul Carrack, bassist Nathan East, drummer Steve Gadd, and keyboard player Chris Stainton, with Sharon White and Katie Kissoon on backing vocals, according to the announcement.
Clapton has indicated that performing live has become increasingly difficult for him in recent years.
“The road has become unbearable,” Clapton told Uncut Magazine in 2014. “There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too. What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself.” Two years later, in an interview with Classic Rock magazine, Clapton revealed that he is suffering from peripheral neuropathy, nerve damage that seriously affects his ability to play.
“I’ve had quite a lot of pain over the last year,” he said. “It started with lower back pain, and turned into what they call peripheral neuropathy, which is where you feel like you have electric shocks going down your leg … (It’s) hard work to play the guitar and I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it will not improve.”
In a 2018 interview with BBC 2, Clapton also said he is going deaf.
“The only thing I’m concerned with now is being in my 70s and being able to be proficient,” he said. “I mean, I’m going deaf. I’ve got tinnitus. My hands just about work. I’m hoping that people will come along and see me just because, or maybe more than because. I’m a curiosity. I know that is part of it, because it’s amazing to myself I’m still here.” It’s always great when the stars align and I get to catch up with @ericclapton. An exceedingly generous man. Watching him play is like getting picked up by the scruff of my neck like a kitten. I just love it. To do it in Tokyo makes it all the more special. Excited to be making an appearance at his #crossroadsfestival in September. (photos by Aki Ueda) Clapton marked his first public appearance since last October earlier this month with a five-night stand at the Nippon Budōkan in Tokyo, where he was joined onstage by John Mayer for an encore performance of the J.J. Cale hit “Cocaine,” which Clapton covered on his 1977 album “Slowhand.”
Tickets for the concert at Chase Center, which range from $59.50 to $499.50, go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, April 26. There will be an exclusive presale for cardholders from 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23 through 10 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
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