Over the last year or so, Eric Clapton has commented in multiple interviews that he's planning on retiring from touring when he turns 70. The guitar legend, who will reach that milestone in March, now tells Rolling Stone he's still considering quitting the road in 2015.
"Next year, I might do a couple of shows and say, 'Folks, that's it, I'm off,'" he declares. "Then I'll see what I make of that, whether I'm content to just go into the studio now and then and play at home for the family."
Slowhand also reveals that he's not planning to put together another Crossroads Guitar Festival, the star-studded benefit for his Crossroads rehab facility that he organized in 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.
"I think this could be it," he says. "I don't want to work that hard, that much, anymore."
Next week, on July 29, Clapton will release a tribute album to his late friend, collaborator and musical inspiration JJ Cale -- The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale. Also lending their talents to the project, which Eric says was "a joy to do," were such stars as Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John Mayer and Derek Trucks.
Meanwhile, Clapton tells Rolling Stone that before Cale's death last year inspired him to put together the tribute project, "I was planning to write and record another album for myself…So that's the next thing I would do."
Eric reveals that there's also some extra Cale-written material from The Breeze sessions that he plans to finish later this summer. "We recorded many more tracks, some of them unpublished," he explains. "I have some time in August in the studio to complete that and maybe start recording self-penned stuff."
With regard to coming up with new original songs, Clapton says he has been struggling a bit lately, admitting that he's "just lazy." He explains, "When I get to 'What am I going to do for that bit?' I stop and turn on the TV. I'm easily distracted."
He adds, "What I've done a lot is written songs, then forgotten them. I put them down as a voice memo, on my phone, then I lose the memo." However, Clapton assures Rolling Stone that he does have some new tunes in the works he hasn't forgotten that currently are saved on his iPhone.
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