Eric Clapton sets "Old Sock" release ahead of international trek
Along with a previously announced worldwide tour, Eric Clapton is preparing for the March 12 unveiling of his 21st studio album, "Old Sock."
The collection, which will be the guitar virtuoso's first new release since 2010's simply titled "Clapton," features covers of some of his favorite songs, as well as two original tracks: "Every Little Thing" and "Gotta Get Over."
Several special guests make an appearance on the Surfdog Records release, including J.J. Cale ("Angel"), Chaka Khan ("Get On Over"), Steve Winwood ("Still Got The Blues") and Paul McCartney ("All of Me").
The three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will begin a stateside run March 14 in Phoenix and venture through 14 major markets before finishing up the sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival April 12-13 at New York City's Madison Square Garden.
U.K. and European legs kick off May 9 in Dublin, Ireland, and continue through mid-June.
Ticketing information for the outings is available at Clapton's website.
Longtime touring band members Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano/keys) and Willie Weeks (bass) will join Clapton on the headlining tour, along with Paul Carrack (organ/keys), Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar) and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.
14 - Phoenix, AZ - U.S. Airways Center
16 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
17 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
19 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
20 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
23 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
27 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Arena
29, 30 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
2 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
3 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
5 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
12, 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
9 - Dublin, Ireland - O2
10 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena
13 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - LG Arena
14 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Manchester Arena
17, 18 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
20, 21 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
23, 24 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
26 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
29 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
30 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
1 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
2 - Leipzig, Germany - Leipzig Arena
4 - Kaunas, Lithuania - Zalgirio Arena
5 - Riga, Latvia - Riga Arena
7 - Lodz, Poland - Poland Atlas Arena
9 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
11 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
14 - Oberhausen, Germany - Koenig-Pilsener Arena
15 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
18 - Nuremberg, Germany - Arena Nuremberg Versicherung
19 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena Prague