Thursday, February 25, 2010

Eric Clapton Enlists Guitar Greats for Crossroads‏

by Brent Warnken

Eric Clapton will be joined by some of the best axemen on the globe for his Crossroads Guitar Festival, to be held in Chicago this summer.

Located just outside the Windy City, Toyota Park in Bridgeville, Ill. will host guitar-slingers like Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, Cheryl Crow and more for Crossroads. All proceeds from the festival, which was also held at Toyota Park back in 2007, will benefit the Crossroads Center, an addiction treatment facility located on the West Indies island of Antigua founded by Clapton.

Eric Clapton released a statement about the upcoming one-day festival, set to take place June 26, saying, "The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage. The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect." Other artists slated to appear at the festival are James Burton, Earl Klugh, Albert Lee, Hubert Sumlin, Bert Jaensch, Sonny Landreth, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, ZZ Top, Dayle Bramhall II, John Mayer, Vince Gill, B.B. King and more - a total of 26 guitar virtuosos!

The first installation of the Crossroads Festival fundraiser took place at the 2004 Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The previous two festivals have been documented on DVDs while the 2007 edition was edited into a two hour special for PBS' Great Performances series. There is no word yet on whether or not Eric Clapton himself will perform at Crossroads, although he is currently on the road with Jeff Beck and has additional 2010 dates lined up with Roger Daltrey (who recently performed with his band the Who during the Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show) and Steve Winwood, respectively.

With double-bills like these, Eric Clapton tickets are going to be some of the most popular concert tickets of 2010, so get yours online. Although Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck both played guitar in the Yardbirds prior to enjoying success as solo artists, the pair of guitar greats had seldom performed together onstage until a Tokyo concert last year. The duo's live collaboration featured them duetting on songs like "Brown Bird," "Wee Baby," "Outside Woman Blues" and "Want To Take You Higher," which received a Grammy nod for Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals (Kings of Leon's "Use Somebody" took home the prize).

Clapton also announced another collaboration recently, although this time with T-Mobile, as the guitar legend is helping market T-Mobile's new myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition Phone, which arrived on Jan 20. Clapton follows in the footsteps of actress Catherine Zeta Jones (who appears in the company's cell phone plan campaign) in promoting for T-Mobile, while Whoopi Goldberg is among a string of celebrities featured in T-Mobile's myTouch ads.

T-Mobile's Fender device comes equipped with preloaded songs like Clapton classics "Layla," "Rock 'N' Roll Heart," "Wonderful Tonight" and "My Father's Eyes." The popular ad for T-Mobile's new myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition Phone features the song "I've Got a Rock 'N' Roll Heart," which appears on his 1983 album Money and Cigarettes.

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