Clapton: I'm looking at retiring

Congleton Guardian: Eric Clapton has hinted he may cut down on his touring commitments Eric Clapton has hinted he may cut down on his touring commitments

Eric Clapton has revealed he is considering retirement as he approaches 70.

The 69-year-old rocker, who will celebrate the milestone in March 2015, admitted travelling has become "unbearable" as he gets older, plus he doesn't want to embarrass himself on stage.

"When I turn 70 I'm unofficially retired. I think what I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio, but the road has become unbearable," the award-winning guitarist told Uncut magazine.

"There are tons of things I'd like to do - but I'm looking at retirement, too. I'm 70 next year. I don't want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself."

Eric, who is behind hits like Tears In Heaven and Layla, admitted being on the road gets tougher as the years go on.

"It's unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere - and it's hostile. Everywhere. Getting in and out of airports, getting on planes, travelling in cars," he said.

He also admitted playing heavy guitars for years has given him back problems and said he may have to give up playing his beloved instrument in years to come.

"Physically, it might be that I can't, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments," he added.

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2:36pm Fri 27 Jun 14

cosmick says...

Iwill never forget his song "I:ve got to get a message to you".
Iwill never forget his song "I:ve got to get a message to you". cosmick
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3:33pm Fri 27 Jun 14

nearlyman says...

Gods can not retire !
Gods can not retire ! nearlyman
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6:05pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

He should carry on, he still looks about 20 years younger than any of the Stones......
He should carry on, he still looks about 20 years younger than any of the Stones...... Dilligaf2010
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6:28pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Ah...love Eric and will never forget where I was when I first heard "Tears in Debenams". Probably in Debenams! He has been a legend in his own lunchtime but time to hang up the old Watkins Rapier and try and think of a way to spend his money before George Osborne gets his hands on it!
Ah...love Eric and will never forget where I was when I first heard "Tears in Debenams". Probably in Debenams! He has been a legend in his own lunchtime but time to hang up the old Watkins Rapier and try and think of a way to spend his money before George Osborne gets his hands on it! Nelly99
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6:31pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Nelly99 says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
He should carry on, he still looks about 20 years younger than any of the Stones......
20 years younger than the Stones just about gives him another 30 years!
Keef...bless him looks like he's been dead for several years!
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: He should carry on, he still looks about 20 years younger than any of the Stones......[/p][/quote]20 years younger than the Stones just about gives him another 30 years! Keef...bless him looks like he's been dead for several years! Nelly99
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7:55pm Fri 27 Jun 14

hal pel says...

Is that a promise Clapton?
Is that a promise Clapton? hal pel
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