Eric Clapton will celebrate 50 years in the music business with a 2013 tour. The area tour will culminate with a two-day version of his Crossroads Guitar Festival at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 12-13. This is the fourth time Clapton has hosted a Crossroads Guitar Festival and the first time he has brought the axe summit to MSG.
“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” said Clapton. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
Artists slated to appear at the two-day event include Allman Brothers Band, BB King, Blake Mills, Booker T, Brad Paisley, Buddy Guy, Citizen Cope, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Jeff Beck, Jimmie Vaughan, John Mayer, John Scofield, Jonny Lang,
Keb Mo, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robbie Robertson, Robert Cray,
Robert Randolph, Sonny Landreth, Taj Mahal and Vince Gill. Some arts will perform both nights while others will make one appearance during the event.
In addition to the concerts, the “Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition” will be featured on the Terrace level at Madison Square Garden and will excite fans with an incredible guitar-centric celebration of past Crossroads Guitar Festivals. This exhibition will feature the “Legends Guitar Walk,” with some of the most valuable guitars in the history of Rock and Blues, including historic guitars from Clapton’s personal collection.
Clapton’s band for his upcoming tour and Crossroads sets includes Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Paul Carrack (organ and keyboards) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar) as well as singers Michelle John and Sharon White. The Wallflowers will open for Clapton throughout this 2013 tour leading up to Crossroads.
Here’s a look at the festival’s lineup
Allman Brothers Band
Andy Fairweather Low
Doyle Bramhall II
Gary Clark Jr.
Here’s a look at Clapton’s upcoming dates
March 14 Phoenix, AZ—U.S. Airways Center (with The Wallflowers)
March 16 Houston, TX—Toyota Center (with The Wallflowers)
March 17 Austin, TX—Frank Erwin Center (with The Wallflowers)
March 19 Dallas, TX—American Airlines Center (with The Wallflowers)
March 20 Oklahoma City, OK—Chesapeake Energy Arena (with The Wallflowers)
March 22 Nashville, TN—Bridgestone Arena (with The Wallflowers)
March 23 New Orleans, LA—New Orleans Arena (with The Wallflowers)
March 2 Jacksonville, FL—Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (with The Wallflowers)
March 27 Atlanta, GA—Gwinnett Arena (with The Wallflowers)
March 29 Hollywood, FL—Seminole Hard Rock Live (with The Wallflowers)
March 30 Hollywood, FL—Seminole Hard Rock Live (with The Wallflowers)
April 2 Charlotte, NC—Time Warner Cable Arena (with The Wallflowers)
April 3 Raleigh, NC—PNC Arena (with The Wallflowers)
April 5 Uncasville, CT—Mohegan Sun Arena (with The Wallflowers)
April 6 Pittsburgh, PA—Consol Energy Center (with The Wallflowers)
April 12 New York, NY—Madison Square Garden(Crossroads Guitar Festival)
April 13 New York, NY—Madison Square Garden (Crossroads Guitar Festival)