Over the summer of 2010, Eric Clapton gathered a veritable Who's Who of the world's most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival, an 11-hour celebration of the six string that ... Read More
Over the summer of 2010, Eric Clapton gathered a veritable Who's Who of the world's most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival, an 11-hour celebration of the six string that attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 music fans to Chicago's Toyota Park. All profits from this daylong display of guitar virtuosity benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency.
Available in either DVD or Blu-Ray formats, the show includes more than four hours of music, interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage from this star-studded concert, including performances by Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, B.B. King, and Bill Murray, who served as the concert's master of ceremonies.
"The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage," Clapton said. "The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."
It's no surprise a festival named for a Robert Johnson song would include a heavy dose of the blues and Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 does not disappoint with remarkable performances by Robert Cray, Hubert Sumlin (Howlin' Wolf's guitarist), Jimmie Vaughan, Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark Jr., Keb' Mo', and Buddy Guy, plus B.B. King who led an all-star jam of his classic "The Thrill Is Gone." The rock contingent was well represented by ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Warren Haynes, and Steve Winwood, who teamed with Clapton for several performances including an epic cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile."
Other styles find a home here too, with "Blackwaterside" by Scottish singer-songwriter Bert Jansch, an accomplished acoustic player; "One More Last Chance" and an amazing take on Clapton's "Lay Down Sally" by country picker Vince Gill who is accompanied by the legendary James Burton and others; "Angelina" and "Vonetta" by jazz guitarist Earl Klugh; and Jeff Beck who transforms Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma" into a soaring piece for electric guitar.
Other artists making appearances include: Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Wood, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Pino Daniele, Stefan Grossman, and Los Lobos' David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas.
Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 also features Bill Murray, who once again supplied the festival's nonmusical highlights with his over-the-top introductions of the performers. Throwing himself into the occasion, Murray dressed up as Jimi Hendrix at one point, and even made an appearance in a jumpsuit in the guise of Elvis Presley.
The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock, and contemporary music. The 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 United States alone. The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 was the second such concert by Clapton and was also staged at Toyota Park in July of 2007 and was filmed for a second DVD that met similar acclaim and has been certified 6x platinum.
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Comments about WEA Eric Clapton - 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival DVD or Blu-Ray Video:
If I could have rated this no stars I would have. The Crossroads DVD was the worst one I have seen. All of the others were well done. This one the music did not seg in correctly. It was discordant. The sound man should never be allowed to do sound again. He could not get the sound correct. The featured players were not able to be heard on most of the sets. The camera man could not keep focused on the featured player either, he or she kept going all over the stage. When someone was being featured I wanted to watch their performance not see everyone else on the stage. I hope Eric gets a better crew next year or I'm not going to waste my money. To sum this dvd up in one word. Unimpressive.
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