70th Birthday Celebration
May 1, 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York, NY
Eric Clapton announced two concert dates in celebration of his upcoming 70th birthday on March 30, 2015. The shows will take place at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden May 1st and 2nd, 2015 (dates are subject to change to May 3rd should they conflict with an NBA playoff game). This will mark the 46th anniversary since Eric Clapton, with the band Cream, opened the “new” Madison Square Garden on November 2, 1968. Clapton has performed more times at Madison Square Garden than any other U.S. venue, a total of 45 times. The show will feature Eric, accompanied by his band members Paul Carrack, Steve Gadd, Nathan East, Chris Stainton, Sharon White and Michelle John, with opening support act Andy Fairweather Low and the Low Riders.
After his time with the Yardbirds in 1963, Clapton began a career as a professional musician that has seen numerous bands, an abundance of albums, countless worldwide sold out shows, an impressive array of accolades, unwavering critical acclaim and his consistent display of legendary guitar work. These concerts will mark his return to the stage after his limited global tour in 2014 which included a headlining set at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and shows in Japan, Singapore, UAE, Bahrain, UK, Germany, Austria and Poland.
Following his MSG gigs, Clapton will return to London, where he’s scheduled to play seven shows at the Royal Albert Hall throughout May.
Also in May Eric Clapton will be inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame.