Slowhand himself Eric Clapton has been forced to pull out of two upcoming concerts in Vienna, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany due to suffering severe back pain, leaving thousands of fans of the guitarist disappointed.
The two cancelled dates of his extensive and critically claimed tour were scheduled for the Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria on 11/06/2013 and the Schleyerhalle in Stuttgart, Germany on 12/06/2013.
The following statement was published on his official website and Facebook page:
Unfortunately Eric Clapton has had to cancel his concerts in Vienna, Austria and Stuttgart, Germany on his current tour due to severe back pain. He is currently with specialists who will be able to better determine the course of treatment.
He was looking forward to these concerts and regrets that he is not to be able to perform for the fans. He would like to apologize for any inconveniences these cancellations may cause and would like to thank the fans for their understanding. All tickets can be returned to the Box Offices for refund.
It is hoped he will be well enough after the several days of treatment and recuperation to continue with the final four dates of the tour.
This isn’t the first time Eric Clapton has had to cancel a concert on medical grounds. In 2009 he had to pull out of his performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert to undergo a procedure for gall stones.
Upcoming Eric Clapton tour dates
14/06/2013 – Koenig-Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany
15/06/2013 – Lanxess Arena, Cologne, Germany
18/06/2013 – Arena Nuernberger Versicherung, Nuernberg, Germany
19/06/2013 – O2 Arena Prague, Prague, Czech Republic