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Clapton Talks Retirement

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 12: Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 12, 2013 in New York City.
After over 50 years in rock and roll, it’s understandable why Eric Clapton is considering retirement as he approaches his 70th birthday.

Slowhand has hinted before of his plans of retiring, but he went into detail in a recent interview with Uncut Magazine (which was reported by NME.com) the reasons why he might be calling it a day.

"The road has become unbearable,” Clapton says. “It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It's hostile – everywhere: getting in and out of airports, travelling on planes and in cars."

While Clapton says he’d like to focus more on studio work, it sounds like he might just be retiring from the road , but he also says he has “odd ailments” and that the pain could force him to stop playing guitar completely in the future.

The thought of Clapton not being able to play guitar ever again is simply heartbreaking, but just look at his catalog:  21 solo studio albums; everything he’s done with The Yardbirds and Cream; plus an endless list of collaborations.

If Clapton does, in fact, retire, could anyone really blame him?  If there’s any musician that has earned retirement, it’s Clapton!

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