Eric Clapton will release a new tour documentary, Planes, Trains and Eric, on DVD, Blu-Ray and other digital formats on November 4th. The new concert film chronicles the Far and Middle Eastern leg of Clapton’s 2014 tour and includes 13 live performances, including renditions of classic songs like “Layla,” I Shot the Sheriff,” “Crossroads” and “Wonderful Tonight.” A full tracklist is below.
Along with the live footage, the documentary also features interviews with Clapton and his band — Steve Gadd (drums), Paul Carrack (Hammond organ, vocals), Nathan East (bass, vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Michelle John (backing vocals), Shar White (backing vocals) — and offers a “fly on the wall” look at life on the road, from soundchecks and rehearsals to lengthy train rides from show to show.
Plains, Trains and Eric could prove to be an interesting document in Clapton’s storied career, as the legendary, nearly 70-year old guitarist recently told Uncut magazine that he’s thinking of quitting life on the road. “The road has become unbearable,” he said. “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 cars.”
Clapton expressed the same sentiment to Rolling Stone last year saying, “When I’m 70, I’ll stop. I won’t stop playing or doing one-offs, but I’ll stop touring, I think.” To that end, Clapton added the live shows themselves weren’t a problem at all, but the extensive traveling was beginning to take its toll.
Still, Clapton plans to keep playing and working in the studio — within reason, at least: “I don’t want to go off the boil to the point where I’m embarrassing myself,” he told Uncut.
Clapton recently released his latest studio effort, The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale, which paid tribute to the late blues legend and found Slowhand teaming up with a number of high-profile collaborators including Tom Petty (“The Old Man and Me”), John Mayer (“Don’t Wait”), Mark Knopfler (“Train to Nowhere,” “Someday”) and Willie Nelson (“Songbird,” “Starbound”).
Planes, Trains and Eric tracklist:
1) “Tell The Truth”
5) “I Shot The Sheriff”
6) “Little Queen Of Spades”
8) “Wonderful Tonight”
9) “Key To The Highway”
10) “Before You Accuse Me”
11) “Tears In Heaven”
13) “Hoochie Coochie Man”
14) “High Time” (Credits – Audio Only)