Eric Clapton has just announced a series of 5 concerts at the Hall from 17-23 May 2013, as part of his 2013 tour celebrating his 50th year as a professional musician.

These concerts will mark his return to the stage after spending 2012 in the studio working on a new album to be released in early 2013.

Joining Clapton will be long-time touring partners Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards) and Willie Weeks (bass), along with newcomers Paul Carrack (organ and keyboards) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Michelle John and Sharon White will join the touring band again as backing vocalists.

Tickets go on pre-sale at 9am on Thursday 20 September and will be available online at www.royalalberthall.com or by calling the Royal Albert Hall Box office on 0845 401 5019.

Clapton at the Royal Albert Hall

Eric Clapton had a long-standing relationship with the Royal Albert Hall, having first performed here in December 1964 with The Yardbirds as part of a BBC TV Top Beat show.

His next appearance at the Hall was at the 1968 Cream farewell concert.

Between 1987 and 1996, Clapton performed a run of concerts at the Hall every year, inviting various special guests.

Other appearances have included the November 2002 George Harrison tribute concert alongside Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Ravi Shankar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and the May 2005 Cream reunion concerts.

The Hall is very much Eric Clapton’s London home (‘like walking into my front room’ he said to The Independent, 23 May 2011): he has played here a total of 194 times to date! (178 as a solo artist).

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