Clapton Comes Back

The guitar god has announced London shows for 2017

By Gary Graff
September 28, 2016

Eric Clapton may have retired from touring and be battling neurological issues that make it difficult for him to perform, but he’s not done yet.

Clapton has announced three shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall for May 22, 24 and 25,  featuring a band that includes longtime bassist Nathan East, keyboardists Paul Carrack and Chris Stainton, and drummer Steve Gadd.

East tells us that he’s been aware of Clapton’s health issues for years but is not surprised that Ol’ Slowhand won’t stop playing entirely: “He’s always been one of these guys that just charges through, and I love the fact he realizes he has a gift and although sometimes you say: ‘I want to shut it down ’cause I travel and I’m getting a little bit old for this,’ he always wants to play. He always enjoys the camaraderie. You can’t really stop sharing the gift from God that people have recognized.”

Clapton released his latest studio album, I Still Do, in May, while an archival Live In San Diego with Special Guest JJ Cale from March 15, 2007 comes out on Friday (September 30).