Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck book shows in North America

Tue Dec 1, 2009 4:25pm EST
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By David J. Prince

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Having reprised their live collaboration in Tokyo earlier this year, guitar legends Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck have added three North American concert dates to their plans for February.

The artists will perform together February 18 at New York's Madison Square Garden, February 21 at Toronto's Air Canada Center and February 22 at Montreal's Bell Center. The new shows join a previously announced February 13-14 engagement at London's 02 Arena.

Tickets for the Toronto show go on sale Friday (December 4), with Montreal tickets on sale the following day. New York tickets will be available December 12.

Clapton and Beck have known each other since the early '60s, and both went on to play guitar in the Yardbirds before embarking on successful solo careers. But they had rarely played together onstage until the Tokyo concert. "We had such a fun time in Japan that it seemed natural to play together again," Clapton says.

Specific details about the upcoming shows have not been announced, but each artist is expected to play a set with his own band before they join forces for a collaborative final set. In Tokyo earlier this year, the last portion of the show featured songs such as "Outside Woman Blues," "Brown Bird," "Wee Baby" and "Want To Take You Higher."

Beck recently filled in for an ill Clapton at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary concerts in New York, jamming with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Sting to Buddy Guy and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons. Beck is in the studio working on his next album, a release date for which has yet to be revealed.

<p>Singer songwriter Eric Clapton performs at the Albert Hall in London in this May 16, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>