By Brian Ives
Earlier this year, Eric Clapton revealed that he’d been diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy, making playing guitar difficult for him. However, it won’t stop him from performing: he’s just announced two concerts for next year at Los Angeles’s Forum, and two more for New York.
The NY concerts, March 19 and 20, and the LA concerts, March 25 and 26, will also feature Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan. He also has three previously announced shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall in May.
Interestingly, the just-announced concerts are billed “A Celebration of 50 Years of Music,” and the advertisement uses images of Clapton from throughout his solo career, as well as with some of his former bands including Cream and John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, and also with his former Blind Faith bandmate Steve Winwood.
Clapton’s first real appearance on record was as part of the Yardbirds on 1964’s Five Live Yardbirds. This year, however, marked the 50th anniversary of his only album with Mayall, Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton, as well as the debut album by Cream, Fresh Cream (that album actually turns 50 next month).
Clapton’s Facebook page says, “Exciting News and More Details to Come Tomorrow.”