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Eric Clapton Announces Short US Tour, Postpones Two European Shows

The opening act for all the dates will be his frequent guest, Texas blues man Jimmie Vaughan.

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Eric Clapton performs at the Royal Albert Hall on May 7, 2022. Photo: Harry Herd/Redferns
Eric Clapton performs at the Royal Albert Hall on May 7, 2022. Photo: Harry Herd/Redferns

Eric Clapton has announced a five-city run of shows in America to take place in September. The dates will see the storied guitarist visit Columbus, Detroit, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and New York, where the itinerary will conclude with two nights at Madison Square Garden.

The opening act for all the dates will be his frequent guest, Texas blues man Jimmie Vaughan. The date at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on September 10 will be Clapton’s first in the city since he played DTE Energy Music Theatre in July 2010.

The September dates will feature a band also stocked with regular collaborators. The line-up is Doyle Bramhall II on guitar, Paul Carrack on keyboards and vocals, Nathan East on bass, Sonny Emory on drums, and Chris Stainton also on keyboards, augmented by the backing vocals of Sharon White and Katie Kissoon.

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Clapton launched his European tour with shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall on May 7 and 8. He has also just announced the postponement of the planned dates in Zurich on May 17 and Milan on May 18 because he has contracted Covid. A statement reads: “He has been told by his medical advisors that if he were to resume travelling and performing too soon, it could substantially delay his full recovery. Eric is also anxious to avoid passing on any infection to any of his band, crew, promoters, their staff and of course, the fans.

“It is very frustrating that having avoided Covid throughout lockdown and throughout the period when travel restrictions have been in place Eric should have succumbed to Covid at this point in time, but we very much hope he will be sufficiently recovered by the end of the week to be able to perform the remainder of the planned performances. The shows are due to be rescheduled within the next six months and tickets purchased will remain valid for the new rescheduled date.”

Eric Clapton’s US tour schedule is as follows:

Sept. 8: Columbus, Schottenstein Center

Sept. 10: Detroit, Little Caesars Arena

Sept. 12-13: Chicago, United Center

Sept. 16: Pittsburgh, PPG Paints Arena

Sept. 18-19: New York, Madison Square Garden

Buy or stream Clapton’s multi-format live performance The Lady in the Balcony: Lockdown Sessions.

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