Guests, Covers Grace New Clapton Set
On "Reptile," Eric Clapton's first solo album since 1998's "Pilgrim," the artist surrounds himself with a substantial stable of guest musicians, and augments his own new compositioOn "Reptile," Eric Clapton's first solo album since 1998's "Pilgrim," the artist surrounds himself with a substantial stable of guest musicians, and augments his own new compositions with a healty collection of cover songs.
Due out March 13, the Reprise album features frequent Clapton collaborators Andy Fairweather Low (guitar) and Nathan East (bass), as well as legendary piano/organ players Billy Preston (the Beatles, Ray Charles) and Joe Sampe, blues guitarist Doyle Bramhall II (Arc Angels), vocal group the Impressions, percussionist Paulinho Da Costa, drummer Steve Gadd, and keyboardist Paul Carrack (Squeeze, Roxy Music, Mike + the Mechanics).
Covers on the 14-track set are Charles' "Come Bck Baby," James Taylor's "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight," Stevie Wonder's "I Ain't Gonna Stand For It," J.J. Cale's "Travelin' Light," and Big Joe Turner's "Got You On My Mind." The album was produced by Clapton and Simon Climie.
"Superman Inside" has een chosen as the first single for rock radio; a pop/adult contemporary single is yet to be determined.
Clapton will support "Reptile" with extensive European and North American tours. The European run will kick off with a six-night stand next month at ondon's Royal Albert Hall and wrap April 10 in Moscow. The tour is expected to land stateside in May, including a possible three-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden in June, according to a source.
"Riding With The King," Clapton's collaboratin with blues legend B.B. King debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 last July. The set has sold 1,676,000 copies to date in the U.S., according to SoundScan.
Here are Eric Clapton's European tour dates:
Feb. 3-4, 6-7, 9-10: London (Royal Albert Hall)
Fb. 12: Sheffield, U.K. (Sheffield Arena)
Feb. 14: Manchester, U.K. (Manchester Evening News Arena)
Feb. 16: Birmingham, U.K. (NEC Arena)
Feb. 20: Lisbon, Portugal (Atlantic Pavilion)
Feb. 22: Madrid (Sports Palace)
Feb. 25: Barcelona, Spain (Palau Sant Jodi)
Feb. 26: Toulouse, France (Zenith)
Feb. 28: Florence, Italy (Palasport)
March 2: Milan (Fila Forum)
March 5: Zurich (Hallenstadion Zurich)
March 6: Stuttgart, Germany (Schleyerhalle)
March 8: Cologne, Germany (Cologne Arena)
March 9: Frankfurt (Festhale)
March 20: Paris (Le Bercy)
March 23: Ghent, Belgium (Flanders Expo)
March 25-26: Rotterdam, Netherlands (Ahoy)
March 28: Copenhagen (Forum)
March 31: Goteborg, Sweden (Scandinavium)
April 1: Oslo (Oslo Spektrum)
April 3: Stockholm (Stockholm Globe Area)
April 5: Helsinki (Hartwall Arena)
April 8: St. Petersburg, Russia (Jubilee Complex)
April 10: Moscow (Moscow Convention Center)