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Eric Clapton Will Quit Touring In Near Future

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This image released by Starpix shows Eric Clapton performing at the 12-12-12 The Concert for Sandy Relief at Madison Square Garden in New York on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012. Proceeds from the show will be distributed through the Robin Hood Foundation. (AP Photo/Starpix, Dave Allocca) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

Eric Clapton announced he has plans to quit touring for good. The legendary guitarist called life on the road "unbearable" and "unapproachable" in a new interview with Uncut magazine and said he's looking to retire that part of his career.

Clapton will turn 70 next year and said his "odd ailments" may eventually lead him to quit playing guitar altogether. Instead of touring, he'll focus on studio work. "There are tons of things I'd like to do, but I'm looking at retirement too," Clapton told the magazine. "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."

He also said that the world feels too similar now, and claimed that most countries now resemble "a different version of America." He continued, "The road has become unbearable. It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It's hostile –- everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in cars."

Earlier this week, Clapton was booed for leaving the stage during a concert at the Hydro arena in Glasgow. He apologized to fans and blamed a "technical fault" for the incident. According to his tour schedule, Clapton has one gig slated for the rest of the summer, a performance at the Life Festival on June 28 in Oswiecim, Poland.

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