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Eric Clapton announces brief run of US shows in 2017

Updated: Nov 29, 2016 15:22 IST

Washington D.C. [USA], Nov. 29 (ANI): Eric Clapton recently announced few American tour dates for 2017.

The 71-year-old rock legend will perform at New York City's Madison Square Garden on March 19 and 20, followed by two shows at the Forum in Los Angeles on March 25 and 26, reports rollingstone.com.

Clapton will be joined by keyboardists Walt Richmond and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John. Blues rockers Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan will serve as special guests.

The tour, which also includes a trio of May dates at the 'Royal Albert Hall' in London, is somewhat of a surprise given Clapton's recent attitude toward live performances.

"I swear this is it, no more," he wrote after a tour program in 2015, "I know I've been threatening retirement for the last 50 years. over the last few decades I've found what I was always really looking for, a loving family who love me just the way I am, which means I can relax and rest when I need to, and more and more I treasure the beauty of that."

Here are Clapton's 2017 American tour dates:

March 19 - New York (Madison Square Garden)

March 20 - New York ( Madison Square Garden)

March 25 - Los Angeles (The Forum)

March 26 - Los Angeles (The Forum)

(ANI)