Clapton’s US tour culminates in two-night festival at Madison Square Garden
By Alex Baker
Eric Clapton will conclude his US tour with a two-night festival that kicks off tonight at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
Clapton will be joined by a truly dazzling array of guitar talent that includes Jeff Beck, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Gary Clark Jr., the Allman Brothers, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the Crossroads Centre, an addiction treatment center that Clapton founded in Antigua.
The Crossroads Festival will also feature a Legends Guitar Walk exhibition on the terrace level of MSG that will include many of the most valuable and iconic instruments from rock and roll’s history. Guitars that will appear in the exhibition include two of Clapton’s signature Fender Strats: “Blackie” and “Brownie,” as well as Stevie Ray Vaughans Fender Strat, “Lenny.”
The festival will also feature interactive exhibits put on by Fender, Gibson, Martin, and Ernie Ball Strings.
“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me,” said Clapton. “To gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage. The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
This is a complete list of the performers that will appear over the two nights of the festival:
Allman Brothers Band
Andy Fairweather Low
Doyle Bramhall II
Gary Clark Jr.
Matt “Guitar” Murphy
For more information visit www.crossroadsguitarfestival.com.