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Eric Clapton to celebrate his 70th with 2 Madison Square Garden shows

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Eric Clapton, man of numerous bands (Cream, the Yardbirds), tons of albums, many more singles, and years and years of touring sold-out venues, will celebrate his 70th birthday at Madison Square Garden this year—a venue he has played 45 times, the first time in 1968 with Cream—May 1 and 2, it was announced Thursday. (The singer’s actual birthday is March 30.) Clapton will be joined by band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White, and Michelle John. Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders will provide opening support. 

The performance will mark Clapton’s return to the stage after a limited 2014 tour that saw him headline New Orleans Jazz Fest along with shows abroad in Europe and Asia during which Clapton’s asserted that touring had become too much. In an interview with Uncut magazine last year, he was quoted as saying, “The road has become unbearable, 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.”

Start practicing your “Happy Birthday” and freshen up on one of Clapton’s most loved tunes: “Cocaine.” 

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