Eric Clapton Books 2 Madison Square Garden Dates

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Eric Clapton announced today (March 9) two North American concerts at Oct. 6-7 at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

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Clapton‘s band for these concerts: Nathan East (bass), Sonny Emory (drums), Doyle Bramhall (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (organ/keyboards), Sharon White (vocals), Sharlotte Gibson (vocals). As with his four MSG shows in 2017, the concerts will also feature special guests Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan.

Clapton has previously announced that he’s done with extensive touring, preferring to do occasional performances without the rigors of full-length tours. Though Clapton hasn’t himself announced it, last Dec. 18, the organizers of the Greenwich (CT) Town Party revealed surprising news that they had booked Clapton for their annual Memorial Day weekend concert. (They’ve since added the Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, among others to the bill.) More details here.

Watch Clapton perform “Badge” at Madison Square Garden last March

Related: Our review of Clapton at MSG in March 2017

Last Dec. 16, the classic rock legend revealed two dates in Germany–July 2 in Cologne and July 3 in Hamburg, his first concerts in the country in four years.

Slowhand played a private concert in Paris, France, on Jan. 23. The biggest news of the Paris set was the inclusion of “The Core,” the exceptional song with two extended instrumental sections of Clapton’s guitar with saxophonist Mel Collins, that is a highlight of his 1977 Slowhand album. According to the ever-reliable fan site, Where’s Eric, Clapton hadn’t performed “The Core” onstage since 1978.

Related: Recap of the private show in Paris

Eric Clapton 2018 Concerts (Tickets are available here)

May 26 – Greenwich, CT – Greenwich Town Party
Jul 02 – Cologne, Germany – Lanxess Arena
Jul 03 – Hamburg, Germany – Barclaycard Arena
Jul 08 – London, England – BST Hyde Park
Oct 06 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Oct 07 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

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