Eric Clapton Adds to 2021 Tour

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Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, October 7, 2018

Eric Clapton has announced a brief residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall, his only U.K. dates of 2021. The concerts are the first he’s announced since he rescheduled his 2020 tour to 2021 last March 24  due to “the advice of global healthcare agencies and local government instructions.” The European tour, originally revealed on Oct. 2, 2019, was to start on May 29, 2020, and continue through June. It will now take place almost exactly one year later in Spring 2021.

The tour will be Clapton’s first such run in some time. In recent years, the classic rock legend, who turned 75 on March 30, has avoided a lengthy run of dates, preferring to do a handful at a time.

Watch Clapton perform a favorite at Royal Albert Hall

When the 2020 tour was moved to 2021 on March 24, Clapton’s Facebook page noted, “The health and safety of our band, crew, venue staff and fans are our top priority.” All of the venues remain the same; see the new schedule below. Tickets are available here and here.

On Sept. 20-21, 2019, the legend held his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival, with such guests as Jeff Beck, Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, and Billy Gibbons. The two events, in Dallas, Tex., were the first of those festivals he had done in five years. The concerts are being released in a variety of formats on Nov. 20.

On March 3, 2020, Clapton performed at an all-star benefit concert in London.

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, 2019, in San Francisco

Related: Our 2017 review of Clapton at MSG

When the original 2020 dates were revealed, it was expected that Clapton would 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 2021 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

May 14 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 15 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 17 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 18 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall
May 21 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle (was May 31)
May 23 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2 (was May 29)
May 26 – Milan, Italy – Mediolannum Forum (was June 6)
May 28 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena (was June 8)
Jun 06 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle (was June 2)
Jun 08 – Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome (was June 3)
Jun 09 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpalais (was June 18)
Jun 11 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome (was June 19)
Jun 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena (was June 21)
Jun 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena (was June 22)
Jun TBA – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion (was June 5)
Jun 17 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena (was June 25)
Jun 20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace (was June 27)
Jun 22 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall (was June 29)
Jun 23 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall (was June 30)

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