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They Asked Him Again
Eric Clapton
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Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton's office first started compiling material for a documentary back in 2005 but couldn't see the project through to completion. So two years ago, he called filmmaker Lili Fini Zanuck, who he worked with on the 1991 film Rush, and asked her to "save his bacon."  Eric Clapton was in Toronto Monday for a press conference in support of the premiere of his documentary, Life in 12 Bars, at the Toronto International Film Festival. Eric says:

"I knew that there was enough there to make a movie with but what I didn't want was for there to be a film come out after I died that I didn't think was any good ... I mean as if I would know, you know? But I wanted to know that it will be okay."

Life in 12 Bars will premiere on Showtime on February 10th. Also at the press conference, Clapton was asked whether he plans to retire soon or to perform as long as he's able. He said both, but then tried again to explain what he insists he has been saying for more than 50 years.

"I've got four more shows and then it's over and I've been saying that since I was 17. One of things I realized in the last year or so is even if I stop playing altogether, I could live on just listening to music is enough for me and it still is. But the thing is I love to play music, be it on stage, be it anywhere, it's just a question of where's the venue, really."

If it's over, then his last four shows are this Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and next Monday at The Forum in Los Angeles. But it sounds like if the right place and opportunity presents itself Old Slowhand will be back at it.

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