Eric Clapton picks Phoenix as part of brief US tour in September
PHOENIX – Other than his annual festival in Texas, Eric Clapton has plans for just three U.S. shows in 2019.
One of them will be in downtown Phoenix.
The 74-year-old blues-rock guitar legend set a Sept. 14 date at Talking Stick Resort Arena, with tickets going on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday.
Jimmie Vaughan will open the show.
Clapton’s band will include Doyle Bramhall II, Paul Carrack, Nathan East, Steve Gadd and Chris Stainton.
“Slowhand” hasn’t performed a solo show in the area since he came through Phoenix on his 50th anniversary tour in 2013.
This year’s performance will follow concerts in San Francisco and Las Vegas and precede the Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas by a week.
The British guitar icon is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s only three-time inductee, going in with the Yardbirds, Cream and as a solo artist.
He also released influential music as a member of one-off bands Blind Faith and Derek and the Dominos, with whom he recorded the all-time classic “Layla.”
Clapton has 17 Grammy Awards to his credit, including six from 1993, when “Tears in Heaven,” an emotional homage to his late son, won for record of the year and song of the year.