Has Eric Clapton given up touring?
—C.S. H., Louisiana
In a recent interview, the 56-year-old Clapton said he planned to retire from touring after he finished his current world tour. However, a spokesman for the renowned guitarist says Clapton was referring to the big arena tours that keep him on the road for 12 months at a time, as opposed to smaller engagements. He just completed the American leg of such a tour behind his current album titled Reptile. Born in Ripley, Surrey, England, Clapton became enamored with American R&B music, which led him to learn the guitar. He began playing in pubs while a teenager and soon established himself as a top blues guitarist, earning the nickname "Slowhand" for his easy, laid-back style.