Eric Clapton Sets 2020 Tour, at 75

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Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, October 7, 2018

Eric Clapton will tour in 2020, his first such run in years. In recent years, the classic rock legend, who turns 75 next March 30, has avoided a lengthy run of dates, preferring to do a handful at a time. On October 2, the all-Clapton website, Where’s Eric, announced 15 European shows, beginning May 29 and continuing through June 30. See the dates below. Tickets will be available here.

Still missing from Slowhand’s schedule are such familiar venues on any Clapton itinerary as London’s Royal Albert Hall, Tokyo’s Budokan and New York’s Madison Square Garden.

The legend recently held as fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival, with such guests as Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, and Billy Gibbons. The two events, held in Dallas, Tex. on September 20-21, were the first of those festivals he had done in five years.

In recent years, Clapton has suffered from a variety of physical ailments and avoided the rigors of touring. Yet in 2019, he still gave nearly 20 performances. At many of those shows, he’s toured with such fellow blues rock guitarists as Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark, Jr., who each do their own brief sets. Clapton and his band then perform perhaps 15 songs including such career-spanning favorites as “Layla,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” “Tears in Heaven” and “Key to the Highway.” He often performs several songs while seated.

Watch him perform on September 11 in San Francisco

Related: Our 2017 review of Clapton at MSG

Where’s Eric reports that Clapton will once again be joined by the musicians Nathan East (bass), Paul Carrack (keyboards), Chris Stainton (Keyboards), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), and the backing vocalists Sharon White and Katie Kissoon.

Eric Clapton 2020 Tour

May 29 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2
May 31 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Jun 02 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Jun 03 – Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome
Jun 05 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
Jun 06 – Milan, Italy – Mediolannum Forum
Jun 08 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
Jun 18 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpalais
Jun 19 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 21 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 22 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 25 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Jun 27 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace
Jun 29 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall
Jun 30 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall

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