Eric Clapton has rolled out a 15-show spring European tour, marking his first dates of the New Year. "Slowhand" will kick the trek off on May 29th in Prague, Czech Republic and wraps the jaunt on June 29th and 30th in Moscow, Russia. Along the way, Clapton will play arena gigs in Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, Netherlands, Denmark, and Finland. No North American cities have been announced.

Over the years, Eric Clapton has released more live albums than most of his contemporaries, and has always put more thought into his setlists than a number of other '60s and '70s acts. It comes as no surprise that he's actually cool with the occasional bootlegged gig leaking out to fans: "In the past, as a kid, you were always going to clubs and recording people -- not to sell, but that's bootlegging in its way. So therefore, my attitude actually has often been, if I've seen someone in the audience with a mic, and it's a good performance, I kinda think, 'Well, I'm glad someone's got this on tape, because it's a really good night,' y'know? And at least someone's gonna be able to share that."

JUST ANNOUNCED: Eric Clapton European tour dates (subject to change):

May 29 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2
May 31 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
June 2 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
June 3 - Dusseldorf, Germany - ISS Dome
June 5 - Zurich, Switzerland - Hallenstadion
June 6 - Milan, Italy - Mediolannum Forum
June 8 - Bologna, Italy - Unipol Arena
June 18 - Antwerp, Belgium - Sportpalais
June 19 - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Ziggo Dome
June 21, 22 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Royal Arena
June 25 - Helsinki, Finland - Hartwall Arena
June 27 - St. Petersburg, Russia - Ice Palace
June 29, 30 - Moscow, Russia - Crocus Hall

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