Eric Clapton celebrated his 70th birthday on March 30, but it will be fans who get the presents this week.
Clapton released a new three-CD, 51-track compilation, "Forever Man" (Reprise), on Tuesday, featuring a studio disc, a live disc and a blues disc. And he plays Madison Square Garden Friday and Sunday with his band, which includes keyboardist Paul Carrack, drummer Steve Gadd, bassist Nathan East, keyboardist Chris Stainton and backing vocalists Sharon White and Michelle John.
Clapton -- the only person inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, as a solo artist and as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream -- has said he is considering retiring soon, at least from touring. "The road has become unbearable," he told Uncut magazine recently. "It's become unapproachable, because it takes so long to get anywhere."
However, Clapton says he does plan to keep recording and playing occasional shows like the ones at the Garden.
It is hoped that "Slowhand" has more great songs in his future, but if not, his career is already beyond legendary. Here's a look at the seven biggest hits of his first seven decades.
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WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Madison Square Garden
INFO $80-$500; 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com