Eric Clapton moves Crossroads to N.Y. after 2 fests near Chicago
BY THOMAS CONNER Pop Music Criticfirstname.lastname@example.org November 26, 2012 8:28PM
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Updated: December 28, 2012 6:20AM
Eric Clapton’s every-three-years Crossroads Guitar Festival has been scheduled for 2013 — but nowhere near Chicago.
The guitar legend’s star-studded benefit will take place April 12-13 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Guests include B.B. King, the Allman Brothers, Earl Klugh, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Vince Gill and Robert Cray.
Leading up to the event, Clapton and his band will perform 15 shows on a tour stretching through the South. Alas, no Chicago dates there, either.
The Crossroads Guitar Festival premiered in 2004 in Dallas, then held down the Toyota Park venue in Bridgeview for 2007 and 2010.
It’s not a snub, though: Clapton’s original goal was to move the festival around each time. Sources told us in 2010 the repeat here was simply because Clapton digs Chicago.
All profits from the Festival benefit the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical-dependency treatment facility Clapton founded in the 1990s.