New Clapton DVD Captures Life on the Road for 'Slowhand'

Posted on August 7, 2014 | by Jason Walsh

It’s no secret Eric Clapton logs a lot of frequent flyer miles—the guitar legend in June even hinted that the burdens of travel could bring an end to his touring days.

Which makes the release of a new tour documentary, Planes, Trains and Eric, all the more timely for fans of the 69-year-old musician.

Set for release November 4, the DVD captures Slowhand on the Far and Middle Eastern legs of his 2014 world tour. Press materials describe the movie as “an intimate film documenting life on the road” for Clapton and his entourage.

The DVD features 13 live-performance tracks mixed with interviews and cinema-verite-style footage of Clapton and band members during rehearsals , soundchecks, and traveling by (of course) trains and planes. Live cuts include both acoustic and electric performances of some of Clapton’s best-known songs, including “Tears in Heaven,” “Cocaine,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Layla.”

Given Clapton’s recent comments to Uncut magazine about retiring from the road when he turns 70, Planes, Trains and Eric could be the one rockumentary guitar fans won’t want to miss.

Until then, check out the above clip from 1999 of Clapton performing “Tears in Heaven.”

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