Eric Clap­ton Cross­roads 2013

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Rhino

Eric Clap­ton’s live show in aid of his Cross­roads char­ity has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant event on the gui­tar cal­en­dar since 2004. Held ev­ery three years, the rev­enues from the con­cert and sub­se­quent DVD re­lease go to ben­e­fit the fa­cil­ity EC set up on An­tigua in 1998 to aid those stricken with sub­stance ad­dic­tion. The 2013 con­cert was held over two nights last April at New York’s fa­mous Madi­son Square Gar­den and fea­tures a host of gui­tarists strut­ting their funky, bluesy stuff for Eric’s splen­did cause. Com­ing in at just un­der five hours in length, the line-up on this dou­ble DVD pack­age in­cludes Steve Crop­per, Robert Cray, Sonny Lan­dreth, The All­man Broth­ers, BB King and many more - and the high­lights are too many to men­tion! From its open­ing ver­sion of Eric’s poignant Tears In Heaven to the how-many-gui­tarists-does-it­take-to-change-a-light­bulb en­sem­ble fi­nale, the whole con­cert is a ver­i­ta­ble pot pourri of fine gui­tar play­ing from the best of the best. If we ab­so­lutely had to pick a favourite mo­ment it would be Jeff Beck’s duet with vo­cal­ist Beth Hart on Go­ing Down. Stun­ning stuff!

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