ERIC CLAPTON – ” Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 “

Posted: October 31, 2020 in Classic Albums, MUSIC
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Eric Clapton performs on stage during Music For The Marsden 2020 at The O2 Arena on March 03, 2020 in London, England.

Eric Clapton has released his performance of “Badge” from the release of his “Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019”. (The title is coming in a variety of formats.) Following a six-year hiatus, the event once again summoned a classic rock all-star team for his fifth such festival, which was held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, over two days on September 20-21. Among the highlights from the package include Jeff Beck’s cover of the Beach Boys’ “Caroline, No,” Clapton and Peter Frampton’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” tribute to George Harrison

The festival was also the launchpad for the global ‘Turn Up For Recovery’ movement, which is helping bring awareness of abstinence-based recovery and raise funds to provide treatment at Crossroads for those in need.

The 2019 concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre based in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.

The two concerts featured performances by Clapton, Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan and more. Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 will be available on November 20th in several configurations: 3-CD, 6-LP, 2-DVD and 2-Blu-rays.

Throughout the show, Clapton shared the stage with others to perform some of his best-known songs, including “Layla” with John Mayer, plus acoustic versions of “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally” with Andy Fairweather Low. Clapton also paid tribute to his late friend George Harrison with a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Peter Frampton

Watch Clapton perform “Badge,” The on-stage collaborations provided some of the most compelling moments. Highlights include a cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Doyle Bramhall II, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jim Keltner and actor Bill Murray (the festival’s M.C.); Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang ripping through Guy’s classic “Cognac”; and a version of the Merle Haggard hit “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” by Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Bradley Walker, and dobro master Jerry Douglas. For the encore, Clapton returned to the stage to lead ensemble performances of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Joe Cocker’s “High Time We Went.”

The first Crossroads Benefit Concert took place in 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Crossroads Guitar Festival made its debut in 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. That sold-out show was chronicled in a two-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs, achieving the 10x platinum mark in the U.S. The 2007 collection was certified 6x platinum; the 2010 set was certified 3x platinum; and the 2013 set was certified platinum. Since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years except in 2016.

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