Eric Clapton plans retirement

London: Guitar legend Eric Clapton has revealed he is ready to retire from touring after more than 50 years on the road.

The 69-year-old British musician said travelling has become unbearable and he has concerns about his health, adding that he fears he could end up `embarrassing` himself, suggest reports.

Father-of-four Clapton, who also became a grandfather last year, claimed in addition that he has lost much of his love for touring because most countries are now a `different version of America`.

"There are tons of things I`d like to do but I`m looking at retirement too. I`m 70 next year. I think what I`ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio," Clapton said.

"I don`t want to go off the boil to the point where I`m embarrassing myself. The road has become unbearable. It`s unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere - and it`s hostile," he added.

Clapton added that there could soon be a day when he is no longer able to play the guitar, saying, "Maybe. Physically, it might be that I can`t, if it hurts too much. I have odd ailments."

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