Semi-retired rock legend and guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton will perform two nights in a row at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The shows, which celebrate the three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member’s 50 years in music, will take place on Sunday, March 19 and Monday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Legendary guitarists Gary Clark, Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan will join Clapton as his special guests at both shows.
Clapton, an eighteen-time Grammy winner, released his twenty-third studio long-player, I Still Do, in May 2016 through Bushbranch Records/Surfdog Records. The album, which reached No. 6 on the Billboard 200, contains new material from Clapton as well as covers of contemporary classics and influences. I Still Do reunited the musician with Slowhand producer Glyn Johns.
Slowhand, one of Clapton’s most commercially and critically successful albums, is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year. The album, released in November 1997 via RSO Records, produced two hit singles “Lay Down Sally” and “Wonderful Tonight.” It reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200.
This year also marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the "Rush" soundtrack, written and performed by Clapton. The soundtrack, released in January 1992, includes the single “Tears in Heaven,” which won three Grammy Awards in 1993.
Gary Clark, Jr., a blues roots and contemporary soul and hip-hop guitarist has been compared to guitar dogs like Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The Texas guitarist, who has previously shared the stage with legendary rockers like Eric Clapton, BB King and The Rolling Stones, released his sophomore LP, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, in September 2015 through Warner Bros. Records.
Jimmie Vaughan is the co-founder of the Fabulous Thunderbirds and older brother of the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. The gritty Texas roadhouse blues-rock and R&B guitarist, who honed some of the most recognizable sounds of the ‘70s and ‘80s, launched a solo career in the mid-’90s.
Due to overwhelming demand, Clapton will return to Madison Square Garden for another pair of shows in September.
Tickets, available online, range from $75 to $500. Madison Square Garden, commonly known as MSG or The Garden, is located at 4 Pennsylvania Plaza in the New York City borough of Manhattan. For more information, visit Eric Clapton’s website and Madison Square Garden’s website.