Eric Clapton Adds to 2019 Concert Calendar

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Clapton, in a photo from 2016

Though his touring days are over, Eric Clapton continues to have a busy calendar. On October 24, he announced three May 2019 concerts at his home away from home, London’s Royal Albert Hall. (Click here for tickets.) He’s also revealed dates in Germany and Austria, one of which will see him close the renowned Dresden Music Festival at a concert hall.

Clapton also continues to play the occasional unannounced show. Slowhand’s Chicago gig on September 29, at the Cinespace Film Studio was short, just nine songs, and included such concert regulars as “Key to the Highway,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Wonderful Tonight” and “Cocaine.” The Where’s Eric website reports that it was with his seven-piece band: Doyle Bramhall, Paul Carrack, Chris Stainton, Nathan East, Sonny Emory, Sharon White and Sharlotte Gibson.

The performance served as a warmup of sorts; Clapton had two concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden later that week. In a coincidence, Chicago Blues master guitarist, Otis Rush, a big influence on Clapton, died on that same day.

The classic rock legend has done several of these insider performances in 2018. On May 26, for instance, he played the annual Greenwich (Conn.) Town Party. On August 18, he was an unannounced guest performer at pal Jimmie Vaughan’s set in Columbus, Ohio. In January, he appeared at a charitable concert in the U.K. and then at a private event in Paris.

In 2018, he’s had just five ticketed events, including his July 8 headlining performance in London’s Hyde Park as part of the British Summer Time series. On October 6-7, he performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden.

He released his first full-length holiday album, Happy Xmas, on October 12, via the Bushbranch/Surfdog label. The collection of 14 songs includes covers of many holiday standards including “Merry Christmas Baby” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.”

Clapton will be the subject of a new biography, Slowhand: The Life and Music of Eric Clapton, from noted music biographer Philip Norman. The 432-page title, coming October 30 in the U.S. (pre-order) and November 6 in the U.K (pre-order), is “with Clapton‘s consent and access to family members and close friends,” said the announcement from its publisher.

Eric Clapton 2019 Concerts

May 13 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 15 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 16 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
Jun 04 – Berlin, Germany – Mercedes-Benz Arena
Jun 06 – Vienna, Austria – Wiener Stadthalle
Jun 08 – Mannheim, Germany – SAP Arena
Jun 10 – Dresden, Germany – Messe Dresden

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 26 October, 2018, 14:20

    Why bother, Eric? With most of the material you do in your shows being so lame, and your actual playing being so conservative, you really don’t hold up your own legacy worth a damn.

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