Eric Clapton has been on the road for decades, both in his various bands and as a solo artists. However, the guitar legend may be ready to call it a day on his touring career. In an interview with Uncut, Clapton revealed that he has been considering a retirement from the road.
Clapton, who will turn 70 next year, said that he has found touring to be “unbearable” in recent years. “It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere,” Clapton said. “It’s hostile–everywhere: getting in and out of airports, taking trains and cars.”
That doesn’t mean that Clapton would stop making music, though. In fact, he said that time away from the road would lead to him committing more time to the studio. “What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is to carry on recording in the studio,” he said.
Inevitably, the conversation turned toward the possibility of Cream reuniting, to which Clapton had but one answer: not likely. “I haven’t spoken to Jack [Bruce] or Ginger [Baker] for quite some time,” he said. “I don’t think there’s been any dialogue between any of us since the American affair [the band’s shows at Madison Square Garden in 2005].”
Clapton’s most recent album, Old Sock, came out last year.