Eric Clapton‘s 2013 Crossroads Guitar Festival will see a Blu-Ray, DVD & CD release November 19. Held on April 12-13 at Madison Square Garden, the festival featured several masters of the six-string including Keith Richards, John Mayer, B.B. King, Robbie Robertson, Jeff Beck, and Clapton. (See our review of the first night here and the second night here.)
The set will include nearly five hours of music across 45 tracks and behind-the-scenes footage like artist conversations. For the first time in the festival’s history, audio highlights will be released digitally and on CD. A benefit for Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua (a treatment and education facility from people suffering from chemical dependency), the triennial festival began at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas in 2004, while the 2007 and 2010 festivals were held at Toyota Park in Chicago.
This year, Clapton showcased his guitar talents by playing such timeless hits like “Tears in Heaven,” “Key To The Highway” with Keith Richards and “Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad” with the Allman Brothers Band. Other memorable highlights include Mayer and Urban’s cover of the Beatles’ 1969 tune “Don’t Let Me Down” and Keb Mo and Taj Mahal’s rendition of Sleepy John Estes’ “Diving Duck Blues.”
– Jude Dsouza / 98.5 WNCX