Eric Clapton Postpones All of His Concerts to 2022

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Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden, October 7, 2018

Eric Clapton has postponed his 2021 European tour to 2022. The March 1 announcement cited the “ongoing COVID restrictions to mass gathering.” Many of the concerts were originally scheduled for 2020; they were moved to 2021 last March. What was planned as Clapton’s first tour in some time, has thus been delayed two years and is yet another blow to the live concert industry.

On March 16, Clapton announced that two of the four dates of his brief residency at London’s Royal Albert Hall, originally scheduled for May 2021, were being moved to May 2022. (Bookings for the two concerts remain valid.) However, a lack of available dates on the RAH calendar has forced the cancellation of the other two performances. The concerts were first announced last Oct. 6.

In recent months, tours by fellow classic rock legends The Who, Genesis, Jeff Lynne’s ELO and others, have either moved to later in 2021, to 2022, or canceled altogether.

At the time of the original March 24, 2021 postponement, Clapton’s camp cited “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. It will now take place almost exactly two years later in Spring 2022.

In recent years, the classic rock legend, who turns 76 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, 2020.

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 2022 Tour (Tickets are available here and here)

May 07 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 14, 2021)
May 08 – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 17, 2021)
May 17 – Zurich, Switzerland – Hallenstadion
May 18 – Milan, Italy – Mediolanum Forum
May 20 – Bologna, Italy – Unipol Arena
May 31 – Stuttgart, Germany – Schleyerhalle
Jun 02 – Munich, Germany – Olympiahalle
Jun 05 – Prague, Czech Republic – O2
Jun 07 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Ziggo Dome
Jun 10 – Dusseldorf, Germany – ISS Dome
Jun 12 – Antwerp, Belgium – Sportpalais
Jun 14 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 15 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
Jun 17 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena
Jun 19 – St. Petersburg, Russia – Ice Palace
Jun 21 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall
Jun 22 – Moscow, Russia – Crocus Hall

Cancelled – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 15, 2021)
Cancelled – London, U.K. – Royal Albert Hall (was May 18, 2021)

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  1. Da Mick
    #1 Da Mick 2 March, 2021, 04:06

    He’s pretty much just going through the motions, anyway.

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  2. King
    #2 King 2 March, 2021, 08:32

    What happened to “No More Lockdown?” His participation with Van No Longer The Man was a disaster. the song was simple-minded and just plain irresponsible and I lost a lot of respect for Clapton and Morrison.

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  3. dime4abeer
    #3 dime4abeer 2 March, 2021, 11:53

    Oh no! No chances to hear “Cocaine,” “Layla,” or “I Shot the Sheriff” again? Does this matter to anyone besides Van Morrison? Eric has been going straight down since D&D.

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  4. DJ Shmeeejay
    #4 DJ Shmeeejay 2 March, 2021, 15:31

    Who cares?
    The man is no longer relevant.
    Due to his lack character. Old rich entitled white guy, who isn’t smart enough to not hop on Van’s “band” wagon.
    Btw, Van who? Exactly!!

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    • JC
      JC 23 March, 2021, 03:57

      A bit of respect is such a small thing to ask .
      These guys may be famous , but imperfect and human just the same.

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