Clapton Talks Retiring From Touring

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 12: Eric Clapton performs at '12-12-12' a concert benefiting The Robin Hood Relief Fund to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy presented by Clear Channel Media & Entertainment, The Madison Square Garden Company and The Weinstein Company at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2012 in New York City.
Eric Clapton
says he's not kidding about claims that he'll be retiring from touring soon.

The guitar legend tells us that with his 70th birthday looming in March of 2015 he feels it will be a good time to play one last round of concerts and then bring the curtain down on that part of his musical life:

"I have to put a cap on the touring, yeah. It's getting too hard...It's rough out there, getting through security, getting on a plane. Anything can happen. I'm tired of it. I don't want to go anywhere anymore. When I was a kid it was easy. It was fun. Traveling was something I'd look forward to. Now I dread it -- I mean, I DREAD it…I'm 70 next year. I think that will be a good time to say, 'No more.' "

Clapton adds that he will do some live playing next year, although he's said that there will probably not be another Crossroads Guitar Festival in the future. He releases a new album -- "The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale" on July 29 featuring guest collaborations with Tom Petty, Mark Knopfler, Willie Nelson, John Mayer, Derek Trucks and others.