Clapton Touring Europe This Spring, Summer

Eric Clapton will spend the late spring and early summer on an extensive tour of Europe.

Eric Clapton will spend the late spring and early summer on an extensive tour of Europe. The run, which opens May 5 in Le Cannet, France, will visit 13 countries through its July 31 conclusion in Helsinki.

The tour includes an already sold-out seven-night stand at London's Royal Albert Hall. A statement confirming the tour alludes to additional dates that will find the renowned guitarist visiting some venues and locales for the first time in his career.

Backing Clapton on the run will be guitarists Doyle Bramhall II and Derek Trucks, keyboardists Chris Stainton and Tim Carmon, bassist Willie Weeks, drummer Steve Jordan, the Kick Horns and vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.

Clapton will be out behind his Duck/Reprise album "Back Home," which bowed in September 2005 at No. 13 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 306,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As previously reported, Clapton will publish a memoir in 2007 via Random House, which will coincide with the release of a comprehensive box set and a North American tour.

Here are Clapton's European tour dates:

May 5: Le Cannet, France (La Palestre)
May 8: Glasgow (Glasgow SECC)
May 9: Manchester (MEN Arena)
May 11: Birmingham (Birmingham NEC)
May 12: Sheffield, England (Hallam FM Arena)
May 14: Nottingham, England (Nottingham Arena)
May 16-17, 19, 22-23, 25-26: London (Royal Albert Hall)
May 28: Paris (Bercy)
May 31: Antwerp, Belgium (Sports Paleis)
June 1: Rotterdam, Netherlands (Ahoy)
June 3: Frankfurt (Festhalle)
June 4: Stuttgart, Germany (Schleyerhalle)
June 6: Leipzig, Germany (Leipzig Arena)
June 7: Berlin (Wuhlheide)
June 9-10: Surrey, England (Hampton Court Palace Festival)
July 7: Lucca, Italy (Piazza Napoleone)
July 8: Perugia, Italy (Arena Santa Giuliana)
July 10: Verona (Verona Arena)
July 13: Cologne (Cologne Arena)
July 14: Dortmund, Germany (Westfalenhalle)
July 16: Vienna (Stadthalle)
July 18: Budapest (TBD)
July 20: Prague (The Arena)
July 22: Munich (Olympiahalle)
July 23: Mannheim (SAP Arena)
July 25: Hamburg (Colorline Arena)
July 26: Augustenborg, Denmark (Augustenborg Castle)
July 28: Oslo (Spektrum)
July 29: Stockholm (Globen)
July 31: Helsinki (Hartwall Arena)