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Published: 2014/06/27

Eric Clapton: "The road has become unbearable"

In a new interview with Uncut magazine, Eric Clapton revealed he is considering retiring from the road. “The road has become unbearable,” the guitarist told the magazine. “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.”

In a previous interview with Rolling Stone last year, Clapton mentioned that when he turns 70, he will stop touring. Now, with his 70th birthday fast-approaching, the statement seems to be turning into reality. “For me, the struggle is the travel,” he notes. “And the only way you can beat that is by throwing so much money at it that you make a loss.”

As far as a Cream reunion is concerned, Clapton said that he hasn’t spoken to bandmates Jack Bruce or Ginger Baker for “quite a time” and that there hasn’t “been any line of dialogue between any of us—or between me and them—since the American affair.” He added that, “At this time in my life, I don’t want blood on my hands! I don’t want to be part of some kind of tragic confrontation.”

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