Eric Clapton Planning Retirement

(Gibson) Eric Clapton fans now have an additional incentive to see the guitar legend when he embarks on a U.S. tour this spring.

As the guitar legend prepares to release his new solo album, Old Sock, he says his days as a touring musician will soon come to an end. "If I could [play] around my neighborhood, that would be great," reveals Clapton, in the latest issue of Rolling Stone. "You have guys in Texas that play their circuit, and it keeps them alive. But for me, the struggle is the travel. And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss. So the idea is I'm taking a leaf out of JJ [Cale]'s book: When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think."

Clapton jokingly added that he always seems to tussle with immigration officials. "I never get it right," he laughed. "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." Old Sock will be released on March 12. more on this story

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