Eric Clapton quits touring
Eric Clapton is quitting touring because he finds life on the road "unbearable" and doesn't want to become an embarrassment
Eric Clapton is quitting touring.
The 69-year-old guitarist finds travelling "unbearable" these days and he worries about becoming "embarrassing", but he won't give up music completely.
He said: ""The road has become unbearable.
"It's unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere - and it's hostile. Everywhere. Getting in and out of airports, getting on planes, travelling in cars....
"There are tons of things I'd like to do - but I'm looking at retirement, too. I'm 70 next year.
"I think what I'll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio... I don't want to go off the boil to the point where I'm embarrassing myself."
And the former Cream musician - who is nicknamed Slowhand - admits he is anticipating he may one day have to give up music altogether.
Asked if he can imagine a time when he will no longer play guitar, he told the new issue of Uncut magazine: "Maybe. Physically, it might be that I can't, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments."
The 'Wonderful Tonight' star also claimed he thinks driving will eventually be illegal.
He said: "I'm thinking that maybe in 10, 15 years, driving will have become illegal - because they'll have introduced another form of transport, with robot cars and things. You won't be allowed to drive."