A forthcoming film of Eric Clapton's 2014 World Tour may be a document of the guitarist's final days on the road.
Titled Planes, Trains and Eric, the film documents the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton's tour, intercutting backstage and on-the-road vignettes with full-length performances of songs that include “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Cocaine,” “Tears in Heaven,” “I Shot the Sheriff” and “Crossroads." Performing with Clapton are drummer Steve Gadd, organist Paul Carrack, keyboardist Chris Stainton, bassist Nathan East, and backing vocalists Michelle John and Shar White.
Recent comments from Clapton raise the likelihood that the 2014 tour could be his last. This past June, Clapton told Uncut magazine, “The road has become unbearable. It’s become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere. It’s hostile – everywhere: getting in and out of airports, traveling on planes and in car. There are tons of things I’d like to do, but I’m looking at retirement too. What I’ll allow myself to do, within reason, is carry on recording in the studio. I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself.”
Planes, Trains and Eric will be released on November 4 and will retail for $14.98 (DVD) and $19.98 (Blu-ray).