Eric Clapton Plots 2017 American Tour Dates

Eric Clapton announced a handful of American tour dates for 2017. Neil Lupin/Getty

Eric Clapton announced a brief run of American tour dates for 2017. The rock legend will perform at New York City’s Madison Square Garden on March 19th and 20th, followed by two shows at the Forum in Los Angeles on March 25th and 26th.

Clapton will be joined by keyboardists Walt Richmond and Chris Stainton, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East and vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John. Blues rockers Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan will serve as special guests.

The tour, which also includes a trio of May dates at London’s Royal Albert Hall, is somewhat of a surprise given Clapton’s recent attitude toward live performances. “I swear this is it, no more,” he wrote in the tour program for his run of 70th birthday shows in 2015. “I…