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Clapton announces tour, including Atlanta stop

Clapton performed at Gwinnett Arena in 2010. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/

Clapton performed at Gwinnett Arena in 2010. Photo: Robb D. Cohen/

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Eric Clapton has announced a spring tour that will bring him through the Arena at Gwinnett Center at 7:30 p.m. March 27. Tickets are $55-$95 and go on sale at 10 a.m. Nov. 30.

The U.S. outing will wrap April 12-13 at Madison Square Garden with Clapton’s fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival, spotlighting a dazzling array of talent including Jeff Beck, Brad Paisley, Keith Urban, Buddy Guy, Keb Mo and Jonny Lang.

The rest of the dates, though, will feature Clapton’s long-time band members Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards) and Willie Weeks (bass), along with new recruits Paul Carrack (organ/keys) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Michelle John and Sharon White will take the stage as backing vocalists.

The tour also features a special opener: The Wallflowers, who recently released their first new album since 2005 and played a tight set at the intimate Smith’s Olde Bar in September.

Ticket prices for Gwinnett – which Clapton last played in March 2010 – haven’t yet been announced.

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November 19th, 2012
11:53 am

Saw the Clapton & Derek Trucks show at Gwinetia in 2005, majorly disapointing, on layla and other classic’s, neither clapton nor trucks were taking the solos….the “other” guitarists were tapped for that for some stupid reason


November 19th, 2012
2:49 pm

Still haven’t been to Gwinnett for a show. Almost went for the who. Saw Clapton from second to last row at Phillips a while back it was awesome especially bell bottom blues.


November 19th, 2012
3:04 pm

Clapton always gives a good show. Gwinnett is a great arena. I just wish they would book more mainstream, instead of Latino.


November 19th, 2012
3:27 pm

Saw Slayer and Megadeth there in 2010. Saw ZZTop and Ted Nugent there in 2003! Those shows rocked!


November 19th, 2012
4:50 pm

I’ve seen Keane, Jimmy Eat World, Muse, Velvet Revolver, .38 Special, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Martina McBride at Gwinnett Arena and really enjoyed all of those shows. I bet Clapton will put on a great show!

david c

November 19th, 2012
6:38 pm

Gwinnett is so much nicer than Phillips. About 7,000 seats smaller, nice, clean sightlines. And plenty of free parking.


November 20th, 2012
1:25 am

Gwinnett is a nice building, the big downside is it awful to get to if live far away (took over 2 hrs to get to the Who show recently, and that was only Monday traffic not Friday). The parking situation seemed a little smoother than before, but still have to be prepared for long waits in traffic lines (Philips is so much easier to get to if you go the back way on N-side then park in the red lot, boom and your there, and no traffic leaving). But yeah the staff seems friendly and it is well kept.


November 20th, 2012
8:45 am

Gwinnett is not Atlanta…so maybe one day Eric will come back to a venue in Atlanta. The traffic to get in and out of there is just not worth it.. Sorry guys I live in town and its a major hassle.


November 20th, 2012
9:18 pm

It is amusing to hear intowners grousing about shows in the ‘burbs being too far. For decades, dedicated fans from the ‘burbs made the trip to the city w/o complaint. It’s as far for you as it was for us. EC sold out in Gwinnett in ‘10, and I expect the same this time, w/ or w/o the grousers!