Eric Clapton in 1965, photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images
In a couple of weeks (3/30) Eric Clapton will turn 69. Since his career began, as a teenager busking for tips on street corners and in bars around his boyhood home in Surrey, England, he has released 21 solo studio albums, 37 with the various bands he's been associated with, 10 soundtracks, 11 live albums, and performed on another 63 albums by other artists. Not to mention an untold number of live concert performances.
All things considered, it shouldn't have come as a surprise when Classic Rock magazine reported that Clapton had told his fans in Japan, "I may not be able to come back again. I've been coming here for 40 years, since before some of you were born. It's the best place I've ever played. Thank you for having me."
It should be even less surprising since he told Rolling Stone magazine a year ago that he planned to stop touring when he turned 70. That birthday milestone is now just a year away, one of the many milestones in Clapton's long career.