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Eric Clapton considers retirement at age 70

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Eric Clapton performs on stage during the 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden on April 13, 2013 in New York City.
Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

Not all rock stars plan to live out their golden years on the road. While 70-year old rock legends like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards continue to tour all over the world, Grammy winning guitarist Eric Clapton is considering calling it quits when he reaches his 70th birthday.

The legendary rock star, who’s best known for his songs “Wonderful Tonight,’ “Layla,” and “Tears in Heaven,” recently told Uncut magazine that he may stop touring altogether in the near future. On Friday, Rolling Stone posted an excerpt from the interview with the British music magazine, which had Clapton describing life on the road as “unbearable.” The rock star also said that while he’ll likely still spend some time in the recording studio, he’s not ruling out a complete retirement.

"There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too," he said. "What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself."

Clapton, who’s a three-time Rock ‘N Roll hall of Fame inductee, previously told the music magazine, "When I'm 70, I'll stop. I won't stop playing or doing one-offs, but I'll stop touring, I think." Clapton will turn 70 next March.

Last week, the U.K news site The Independent reported that Clapton was booed off the stage during a concert at the Hydro arena in Glasgow. The guitar hero was performing his classic song “Cocaine” to an audience of 12,000 fans when technical difficulties occurred. The frustrated rocker reportedly left the stage along with the rest of his confused band. When he returned a few minutes later, Clapton simply said “sorry about that” to the audience, but then proceeded to play just one more song before walking off stage without officially closing out the show.

A statement on Clapton’s official website cited a steadily worsening technical problem with the PA system throughout the concert, which became impossible to work with towards the end of the show.

Clapton’s final summer gig will be a performance at the Life Festival on June 28 in Oswiecim, Poland.

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