Eric Clapton is considering retirement from endless tours after revealing travelling from country to country has become "unbearable".
The guitar great, who turns 70 in March (15), still loves making music, but admits "odd ailments" make it difficult to endure the rigours of getting to and from dates.
The Layla singer tells Uncut magazine, "There are tons of things I'd like to do, but I'm looking at retirement too. 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.
"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, travelling on planes and in cars."
And Clapton has put fans on alert that he may have to give up playing altogether if he can't control his aches and pains: "It might be that I can't, if it hurts too much."
The rocker's comments have been published just days after Clapton was booed for walking off stage an hour into a concert in Glasgow, Scotland on 21 June (14).
A spokesperson has since blamed a technical glitch for the disruption, stating, "We experienced a steadily worsening technical problem with the Pa system that the band battled with throughout the show, but, by the last song of the set, it became unbearable on stage and Eric was unable to complete that number (song).
"During the encore break we were able to reset and the band finished as planned with the last number. Eric is nevertheless sorry for the break in the concert."
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