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Eric Clapton is launching what could be one of his last tours.  The guitar legend is heading out on a 17-date North American tour, which he's kicking off in Phoenix, Arizona Thursday night.  The Wallflowers are on board as the opening act. 

Over the course of the trek Clapton will make stops throughout the Southern and Northeastern U.S., and wrap things up with his fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York's Madison Square Garden on April 12th and 13th. 

He'll follow with a run through Europe, with shows scheduled in May and June.  Clapton's tour coincides with the release of his latest album.  "Old Sock" arrived in stores this week. 

Clapton recently said he's planning to retire from the road soon.  The rocker, who'll turn 68 later this month, told "Rolling Stone" he intends to bring his touring career to a close when he's 70. 

Eric Clapton Tour Dates 

March 14 - Phoenix, Arizona, at the U.S. Airways Center 
March 16 - Houston, Texas, at the Toyota Center 
March 17 - Austin, Texas, at the Frank Erwin Center 
March 19 - Dallas, Texas, at the American Airlines Center 
March 20 - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, at the Chesapeake Energy Arena 
March 22 - Nashville, Tennessee, at the Bridgestone Arena 
March 23 - New Orleans, Louisiana, at the New Orleans Arena 
March 26 - Jacksonville, Florida, at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 
March 27 - Atlanta, Georgia, at the Gwinnett Arena 
March 29 & 30 - Hollywood, Florida, at the Seminole Hard Rock Live 
April 2 - Charlotte, North Carolina, at the Time Warner Cable Arena 
April 3 - Raleigh, North Carolina, at the PNC Arena 
April 5 - Uncasville, Connecticut, at the Mohegan Sun Arena 
April 6 - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the Consol Energy Center 
April 12 & 13 - New York, New York, at Madison Square Garden 

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