Eric Clapton Announces Fall 2006 U.S. Tour

- Press Release

Following a 14 country sold-out European tour with an impressive seven-night run at London's Royal Albert Hall and a historic show in Moscow's Red Square, Eric Clapton will travel to the U.S. for the first leg of an American tour. European fans have shown great enthusiasm for the varied set list featuring rarely played Derek And The Dominos masterpieces "Got To Get Better In A Little While," "Layla" and "Let It Rain" along with Clapton classics such as "Pretending," "I Shot The Sheriff" and "Cocaine" mixed with the newer soulful tunes from the latest Clapton album "Back Home." As the London Times headline read, "The guitar hero reawakens," and the Manchester Evening News review said, "Clapton's guitar playing just keeps getting better."

The U.S. tour will begin on September 15 in Minneapolis and will travel to 13 U.S. states plus two Canadian shows in Toronto and Ottawa, along with two nights at Madison Square Garden. Further news and show dates of this tour will be announced shortly.

Adding additional guitar power and excitement to the shows, Clapton has assembled an impressive band. The 2006 tour band will consist of: Eric Clapton, Guitar, as well as Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks also on Guitar, Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon on Keyboards, Willie Weeks on Bass, Steve Jordan on Drums, The Kick Horns: Simon Clarke, Roddy Lorimer, and Tim Sanders on Brass, and backing vocals by Michelle John and Sharon White. The Robert Cray band will serve as the opening act for U.S. shows.

Tickets will be available via www.ticketmaster.com

CURRENT LIST OF U.S. TOUR DATES

September 16, 2006 (Sat)    Minneapolis, MN          Xcel Energy Center
September 18, 2006 (Mon)      St. Louis, MO                Savis Center
September 20, 2006 (Wed)        Chicago, IL               United Center
September 21, 2006 (Thur)  Grand Rapids, MI             Van Andel Arena
September 23, 2006 (Sat)        Detroit, MI                      Palace
September 24, 2006 (Sun)        Toronto, ON           Air Canada Center
September 26, 2006 (Tue)         Ottawa, ON            Scotiabank Place
September 28, 2006 (Thur)      New York, NY       Madison Square Garden
September 29, 2006 (Fri)       New York, NY       Madison Square Garden
October 3, 2006 (Tue)            Boston, MA           Bank North Garden
October 6, 2006 (Fri)        Uncasville, CT                 Mohegan Sun
October 7, 2006 (Sat)        Uncasville, CT                 Mohegan Sun
October 9, 2006 (Mon)      Philadelphia, PA             Wachovia Center
October 10, 2006 (Tue)       Washington, DC              Verizon Center
October 12, 2006 (Thur) Charlottesville, VA       Charlottesville Arena
October 14, 2006 (Sat)           Duluth, GA        Gwinnet Civic Center
October 15, 2006 (Sun)          Raleigh, NC                  RBC Center
October 17, 2006 (Tue)        Charlotte, NC         New Charlotte Arena
October 18, 2006 (Wed)       Birmingham, AL  Birmingham-Jefferson Arena
October 20, 2006 (Fri)          Orlando, FL        TD Waterhouse Center
October 21, 2006 (Sat)     Jacksonville, FL     Veterans Memorial Arena
October 23, 2006 (Mon)            Miami, FL     American Airlines Arena

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