Eric Clapton Considers Retiring, Blames ‘Odd Ailments’

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 06.27.14 in News

Less than a week after he walked off stage in the middle of a Glasgow show, Eric Clapton has told Uncut (via NME) he is thinking of quitting touring altogether.

“The road has become unbearable,” he said. “It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It’s hostile – everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars.

He continued, “”There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too. 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.”

When the magazine pressed Clapton about the possibility of him dropping the guitar for good, he said, “”Maybe. It might be that I can’t, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments.”

Last Saturday’s set at The Hydro ended abruptly as Clapton was playing the popular Slowhand song “Cocaine.” He got back on stage to play one more song but ended his performance immediately after.

“He didn’t apologize,” a fan named Stephen Houston told the Daily Record. “He just walked off. At first the stunned ­audience thought he might be going off but coming back for an encore. But the stage crew ran on and started ­dismantling the set … The lights went up and that was it. There wasn’t even an apologetic announcement from the Hydro staff. People were raging after spending £67 each on tickets, lots had come from afar and booked hotels too. I know he’s a perfectionist but that was just bloody rude.”

Clapton reps blamed the incident on technical problems via an official statement on his Web site, saying, “Unfortunately last night we experienced a steadily worsening technical problem with the PA system that the band battled with throughout the show. But by the last song of the set it became unbearable on stage and Eric was unable to complete that number. The usual touring set length runs at 1hr 35 mins so in fact the full set was performed apart from the entirety of ‘Cocaine’ which had to be curtailed. Eric is nevertheless sorry for the break in the concert.”