17 Jul 10
The Where’s Eric! Team travelled from several cities around the globe to cover Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival in detail for our readers. In the next issue of Where’s Eric! Magazine, look for exclusive stories, photos and interviews that you won’t see anywhere else. Until then, enjoy our online summary of our Chicago roadtrip. It was great to meet up with so many magazine subscribers and friends (old and new) at all of the events going on in the Windy City.
Day One – Thursday 24 June:
Fans from around the U.S. and the globe begin to arrive in Chicago, as does the Where’s Eric! Team. Wherever Eric Clapton fans gathered on Thursday evening, it was a high-energy start to Crossroads Weekend. After an early evening dinner meeting for the WE! Team at Wildfire, some staff went off to explore Rush Street, some to Martyrs’ for the Bert Jansch gig, while others went to the Southside to catch Gary Clark Jr. and Jimmie Vaughan at Buddy Guy’s new club. Spotted in the audience were Jeff Beck and Doyle Bramhall II. Buddy was on site happily autographing club t-shirts for all who asked. Jeff left early disappointing those who were hoping for a jam with Jimmie. But, Buddy didn’t disappoint. The legendary bluesman plugged in with Jimmie’s band for some late night Chicago-style jamming. Vocalist Lou Ann Barton sat in for a few numbers too.
Day Two – Friday 25 June:
Music fans continued to show up in droves. Those already in Chicago began touring the city, with many visiting the legendary Chess Studios and shopping at the Jazz Record Mart, which is probably America’s finest jazz and blues record store. With the absolutely glorious weather, some even relaxed at the beach! By 9AM, however, the WE! Team was not taking a lake cruise or visiting the Art Institute. The team was at Toyota Park, home of the Chicago Fire Soccer Club, in Bridgeview to begin festival coverage.
The crew was in the final stages of triple-checking everything on the main stage – audio, lights and jumbo screens. After morning sound checks by Vince Gill, Jimmie Vaughan and Robert Cray, the WE! Team split up. TE (short for The Editor) was off to do the first round of interviews for the next issue; the rest of the gang was off to watch the Guitar Center Village rise from the asphalt. Dozens of white tents were erected; the Ernie Ball Stage was assembled by the guys from Mobile Stage Rentals, while the various exhibitors brought in their products so fans could try them out the next day. A big shout out to the guys from Takamine Guitars, who took time out from their busy day to chat with us and let us escape the sun for a while in their tent. (Yes, with all that asphalt and concrete, it was just as hot out at Toyota Park on Friday as it was Saturday).
Don Crawford was happy to host WE! on board the Gibson Guitar Tour Bus. Located by the main entrance, festival-goers were able to check it out for themselves on Saturday. Not only does it boast a deluxe lounge area where musicians can chill or conduct media interviews, there’s a rehearsal / demo area with a variety of Gibson instruments, sleeping area, small kitchen and more. Its décor is all guitar / piano themed (the latter a nod to Baldwin, which Gibson owns) and throughout there are plenty of guitars for the playing, including an Epiphone Paul McCartney 1964 Texan from Gibson’s historical collection (it’s been played by Sir Paul himself while on board the bus for interviews), two really sweet ES335s (Cherry Red and Tobacco Sunburst) and a flame top Les Paul Standard. Replete with flat panel televisions, a kicking sound system, and high-speed internet it’s the ultimate dream hideaway for anyone, not just guitarists. Don’s a gracious host and a terrific storyteller, so if you spot the bus at an event or music festival near you, be sure to stop by and say hello.
In one corner of the media center, the crossroadsfestival.com staff was busy setting up headquarters and testing digital camera equipment, computers and internet connectivity. In another area, the Crossroads Festival Staff were busy organizing gift bags for participating artists. Not only did they receive a fabulous limited edition leather duffel-style travel bag by designer Andrea Valentini, they also received a Burton roll-on bag from Eric filled with all kinds of goodies as a thank you. The Burton bag was stuffed with everything from Koss headphones, guitar picks, luxury tea and coffee blends, healthy snacks, Gold Canyon candles, hair care products from Bumble & Bumble, to festival memorabilia. There were even golf balls imprinted with the Crossroads Festival Sun Logo! The Burton bag had the Crossroads Sun embroidered on it, along with the date of the festival.
About 3PM, the WE! Team headed back into the stadium to see how things were progressing. To the uninitiated, it looked chaotic. The crew actually operated as a well-oiled machine checking all needed systems for the big day on Saturday. Fences to divide the floor into sections were going up, stage lighting was tested for probably the tenth time, trucks pulled in at a steady clip backstage, beverages were dropped off at stands and to our complete surprise, Eric walked on stage with his band to rehearse with Citizen Cope and Steve Winwood! About 30 people stopped what they were doing to watch the man himself at work. It was a rare privilege to observe Clapton at work in this way. (The next issue of Where’s Eric! Magazine will have complete details and exclusive photos from Friday rehearsal)
Interviews and initial reporting completed, and after a quick stop at Portillo’s Hot Dogs, the WE! Team raced back to Chicago. There were two more Crossroads Festival events still on the day’s agenda. First up was the EC Access party at the Hard Rock Hotel in River North (the re-purposed art deco Carbide & Carbon Building). Kicking off at 7PM, the four-hour party was hosted by Reprise / Warner Brothers Records for members of Eric Clapton’s official fan club. A few hundred of Eric’s most ardent fans gathered in a ballroom to put faces to screen names and to listen to EC’s upcoming album (like the old credit card advert said, membership has its privileges). Lots of prizes were given away, including Crossroads Guitar Festival Programmes, Clapton / Winwood DVD box sets, a Cream Reunion Leather Bomber Jacket and more.
From the Hard Rock Hotel, the WE! Team zipped across the Chicago River to the House of Blues for the Artists and Sponsors Welcome Reception. Right at the door, we were handed a press release with big news; Bonham’s in New York City will hold an Eric Clapton Guitar Auction in Spring 2011 (read about it here). Spotted mingling with guests were Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, the Burbridge brothers and other members of their band. Rather than the usual House of Blues fare, world-renowned chef Grant MacPherson created a special gourmet menu for the party. A high-energy set by Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo, the heart and soul of Los Lobos capped off the evening. Gary Clark. Jr. sat in, as did the winner of the “Ernie Ball Play Crossroads Contest,” Ryan McGarvey. Acoustic fingerpicker Pete Huttlinger opened.
On the other side of town, a group of regular WE! contributors were back at Martyrs’ for a rare U.S. appearance by Albert Lee and Hogan’s Heroes. The first set featured material from their new CD, including “Crying in the Rain” and “Breathless”. Things got interesting in the second set when they were joined by Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs and James Burton. Highlights were “Mystery Train” (vocals by Vince, killer solos by all) and Albert Lee’s signature tune, “Country Boy”, with vocals by Ricky Skaggs. Albert’s daughter, Alexandra, also did a guest turn in each set. (She would also join her Dad on stage the next day at Toyota Park).
Day Three – Saturday 26 June:
The big day finally arrived. It was the toughest ticket in town. The WE! Team was out at Toyota Park early to cover Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival in detail for our magazine subscribers. We’ll be bringing you exclusive reporting, interviews and photos from the 12-hour festival not seen anywhere else in Issue #42. In the meanwhile:
Guitar Center Village:
The Guitar Center Village opened in advance of it’s 10AM start time for ticketholders. Located near the main gate were two key exhibitors. Most important was the Crossroads Centre at Antigua tent. All profits from the Festival benefit Crossroads Centre, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. Key personnel were on site to provide confidential information on the Centre’s world-renowned rehabilitation and treatment services for those suffering from addictive behaviors. Attendees were also able to find out how to get involved and support the Crossroads Foundation beyond the festival, a cause that Eric has called the most important work of his life.Then, there was the Guitar Center’s “Legends Collection.” Inside the climate controlled facility with tight security were three very special guitars: SRV’s Lenny and Eric Clapton’s Cherry Red Gibson 335 (the “Cream Guitar”) and of course, Blackie. From 9 until 6PM when the village closed, there always a line to get in (non-guitar peeps were probably happy to accompany spouses and friends simply to enjoy the air conditioned environment).
Many guitar, amplification and equipment manufacturers – Fender, Gibson, Martin, Marshall, Ibanez, Takamine, Egnator, Ernie Ball, Vox to name a few – were represented and attendees were able to demo their products, talk with brand representatives and win prizes. T-Mobile myTouch, the festival’s presenting sponsor, distributed thousands of guitar-shaped fans to help festival-goers stay cool. The WE! Team was also excited to meet the staff of the National Guitar Museum. When completed, it will be the first museum in the world dedicated to the evolution, history, science, and cultural impact of the instrument, including how it’s made and played. It was great too to walk around the Village and hear players from all over the world jam spontaneously on 12-bar blues and Eric Clapton songs.
Some Village exhibitors had a raffle item on display. Items included a myTouch 3G Fender Limited Edition Smartphone signed by Eric Clapton, a Gibson ES335 Guitar, Takamine EF508KC Acoustic – Electric Guitar, an Egnator Tweaker 112 Combo Amp and more. The raffle tickets were sold at the T-Mobile tent and by roving raffle ticket sellers, all who volunteered their time. The raffle raised $15,510 for Crossroads Centre Antigua.
Ernie Ball Stage Performances and Clinics:
This was a very special place to be on Saturday. Starting at 10:15AM, Terry Hummel from Rolling Stone Authentic, moderated a series of guitar clinics featuring festival performers. First up were Bert Jansch and Stefan Grossman. Albert Lee, Joe Bonamassa, Sonny Landreth and more all did their turns. Mid-afternoon saw a performance by the Ryan McGarvey Band, winners of the Ernie Ball Play Crossroads Contest. But, the best came last. At 4:15PM, David “Honeyboy” Edwards – one of the last living links to Robert Johnson – was joined on stage by Hubert Sumlin. Hubert, at 78, is a mere youngster compared to Honeyboy, who celebrated his 95th birthday on 28 June. The performance of “Crossroads” brought the house down.
Main Stage Action:
It was hot in more ways than one in Bridgeview, Illinois on 26 June. The heat index soared to near triple digits at Toyota Park, but the music that flowed from the stage was even hotter. And as he has done with the two previous festivals, Eric Clapton gathered the past, present and future of guitar music on one stage for an incredible 12 hour event. You could connect the dots all the way back to Robert Johnson. A dual-sided rotating stage kept the between set time to about 5 minutes and the festival on schedule. There were plenty of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations. Starting with a sizzling duet between Sonny Landreth and Eric, the festival was a fusion of eclectic guitarism, underpinned by top production, sound, and a festival that stuck impressively to its tight timetable. Slow spots would be few. Some of the WE! Team’s favourite moments:
> Sonny Landreth sets the tone early with an incredible set. EC joins him for a stonking version of “The Promise Land”
> Robert Randolph, Joe Bonamassa and Pino Daniele on “Going Down”.
> Emcee (and Chicago native) Bill Murray … is he ever not funny? And yes, Bill, we agree … “Clapton, very groovy.”
> World Cup action on the big screens between sets. As it was top of mind with many, this gesture was appreciated.
> The occasional glimpse of EC and other performers side-stage watching the other musicians’ sets. Everytime we spotted EC, you could see he was enjoying the event as much as the rest of us!
> Vince Gill’s set has been a festival favourite at all three events. “Mystery Train” with James Burton and “Lay Down Sally” with Sheryl Crow, Albert Lee and Earl Klugh were our favourites this time.
> John Mayer Trio. The whole set rocked, but “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Wait Until Tomorrow” took it to another level. And, you have to like a guy who breaks out a different guitar for each song … including a Cherry Red Gibson ES335.
> Buddy Guy (minus schtick), Jonny Lang and Ron Wood play a notable set, including an instrumental take on The Stones’ “Miss You.”
> Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Warren Haynes, et al. step in last minute for the Allman Brothers Band. Their take on Delaney & Bonnie’s “Coming Home” plus “Soul Shine”,“300 Pounds of Heavenly Joy” and “Space Captain” were terrific.
> Jeff Beck’s set earns high marks all the way around, but his closing number, “Nessun Dorma” was as moving as when sung by Pavarotti.
> EC and his band were in the pocket for their 12-song set, especially on “Tough Luck Blues” and “Sheriff.” Jeff Beck joined in for “Shake Your Moneymaker.” However, THE moment from the entire festival was an epic 15 minute version of “Voodoo Chile” with Steve Winwood. Sheer genius.
> The “Sweet Home Chicago” All-Star Guitar Jam simply because we’ve never seen that many guitarists all plugged in at once.
> Eric’s on-stage announcement that “This was going to be the last festival, but I don’t think it will be.” His next comment made everyone chuckle “I now have to break the news to my crew”.
A DVD is expected later this year around November. It has been already announced that it will also see release on Blu-Ray. Where’s Eric! will present further details as they become available.
Excerpts from reviews sent in by whereseric.com visitors (read their full comments in the Tour Archive):
Thanks to Eric Clapton and his crew for a truly memorable day. The opportunity to escape the chaos and pressure of our everyday lives with an experience like this event was truly priceless. I doubt if I will ever have a more enjoyable concert experience.
This was the second Crossroads Festival I have attended. And just as was the case in 2007, the magic of the day is not only the music, but the sense of respect, love and musical joy the artists clearly have for each other, along with the respect and admiration they all have for Clapton. Clapton in turn, looks like one of the fans. The best camera shots are those showing Clapton back stage watching the show as intently as we are with that ear-to-ear smile on his face looking amazed that his peers have once again answered the call to help this wonderful charity. It was a day filled with great music, and lots of love for one of the greatest guitarists of our times.
Crossroads reminded us, act after act, throughout the hot sunny Chicago day that the blues is a genre articulated by amazing talent – at all ages. There are so many highlights to flag, but they include a great version of “Further on up the Road” by Robert Randolph and Joe Bonamassa, Hubert Sumlin’s “Killin’ Floor”, Vince Gill’s amazing set, starting up as the stage turned to face the crowd, with a vast array of guitar players from Albert Lee to the very impressive Keb Mo….and what a version of “Lay Down Sally”!
This years festival was simply outstanding, Eric’s band was sounding so tight it was insane. I have to give a special shout out to Jeff Beck, he sounded terrific and his band has evolved into something very special. His take on Somewhere Over The Rainbow and Nessum Dorum literally brought tears to my eyes. John Mayer and his trio were also a special treat, it is one dangerous little trio.
Jonny Lang, Buddy Guy, and surprise guest Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones. Their performance was one of the biggest highlights of the entire festival! Buddy is one of the greatest blues guitarists of all time and he showed it during this set. I have always been a fan of Ronnie Wood so seeing him perform unexpectedly, and with Buddy Guy at that, was a real treat. And for a young guy, Jonny Lang is a heck of a guitar player. A jamming version of “Miss You” was the best part of the set, maybe even the entire festival. This portion of the festival is what really got the train rolling.
Day 4 – Sunday 27 June:
Although some WE! staff had to head home, a few stayed on to enjoy more of Chicago’s cultural offerings, talk with friends old and new about the festival and prepping for the “Where’s Eric! Milwaukee Summerfest Road Trip” on Monday 28 June. You can check out the news from Eric’s Summerfest gig here and here. There will be complete coverage of EC’s final four U.S. shows for 2010 in the next issue of the magazine, too.
Did you attend Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival? If you did, it’s still not too late to send photos, reviews, and set lists for the festival’s permanent fan archive on whereseric.com. Email your review of one performer, your favorite performers or the entire festival! Share your best photos (500K and up preferred) from the main stage, the Ernie Ball Stage or the action in the Guitar Center Village. You can also send details about band lineups, guitars, amps and equipment to the WE! Team at [email protected].
BAND LINEUPS & SET LISTS FROM THE CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL
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Warm Up – Kirby Kelly (Guitar Center’s 2009 King Of The Blues Winner)
Event Host – Bill Murray
Set List: Not Fade Away (Bill Murray with Eric Clapton)
US Actor / Comedian Bill Murray again served as the event’s emcee. He greeted the crowd shortly before noon. For those who had already made their way to their seats or spots on the field at that early hour, they heard Eric Clapton jam on “Not Fade Away” with Bill (who said he’s learned a few new songs since the last festival!). Unlike 2007 when Bill impersonated EC throughout the day, this time he appeared as Buddy Holly, Elvis (70s-era jumpsuit) and Jimi Hendrix (groovy)!
Set 1: Sonny Landreth
Band Lineup: Details needed.Sonny Landreth (guitar / vocals), Doug Belote (drums)
Set List: Details needed. Promise Land (with Eric Clapton) / Z Rider
Set 2: Robert Randolph & The Family Band with Joe Bonamassa & Pino Daniele
Band Lineup: Details needed. Robert Randolph (steel guitar), Lenesha Randolph (vocals), Marcus Randolph (drums), Danyel Morgan (bass / vocals) with special guests Joe Bonamassa (guitar) and Pino Daniele (guitar)
Set List: Details needed. Traveling Shoes / Further On Up The Road (with Joe Bonamassa) / Going Down (with Joe Bonamassa and Pino Daniele)
Set 3: Robert Cray Band with Jimmie Vaughan & Hubert Sumlin
Band Lineup: Details needed. Robert Cray (vocals / guitar), Tony Braunagel (drums), Jim Pugh (keyboards), Richard Cousins (bass) with special guests Jimmie Vaughan (vocals / guitar) and Hubert Sumlin (vocals / guitar)
Set List: Details needed. Six Strings Down (with Jimmie Vaughan) / Sitting On Top Of The World (with Hubert Sumlin) / Killing Floor (with Hubert Sumlin)
Set 4: Bert Jansch
Band Lineup: Bert Jansch (guitar)
Set List: Details needed. Blackwaterside
Set 5: Stefan Grossman with Keb Mo
Band Lineup: Stefan Grossman (guitar), with special guest Keb Mo (guitar / dobro)
Set List: Details needed. Mississippi Blues / Roll And Tumble Blues
Set 6: ZZ Top
Band Lineup: Billy Gibbons (guitar), Dusty Hill (bass), Frank Beard (drums)
Set List: Waitin’ For The Bus / Jesus Just Left Chicago / Blues ? / Foxy Lady / La Grange
Set 7: Doyle Bramhall II with Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Band Lineup: Details needed. Doyle Bramhall II (guitar / vocals), Sheryl Crow (guitar / keyboards / vocals), Gary Clark, Jr. (guitar), Derek Trucks (guitar), Susan Tedeschi (guitar / vocals), Tommy Sims (bass), Justin Stanley (drums)
Set List: Details needed. Gypsy Blood / In My Time Of Dying (Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed) / Bright Lights / Long Road Home / Our Love Is Fading / Everyday Is A Winding Road (with Sheryl Crow).
Set 8: Vince Gill with Albert Lee, James Burton, Keb Mo, Sheryl Crow, Alex Lee
Band Lineup: Details needed. Vince Gill (vocals / guitar), Albert Lee (guitar), James Burton (guitar), Keb Mo (guitar)
Set List: One More Last Chance / The Door (with Keb Mo) / Mystery Train (with James Burton) / Luxury Liner (with Albert Lee, Alex Lee, James Burton) / Soon As I Get Paid (with Keb Mo, Albert Lee, James Burton) / Whenever You Come Around (with Keb Mo, Albert Lee, James Burton) / Lay Down Sally (with Sheryl Crow, Earl Klugh, Albert Lee, James Burton)
Set 9: Citizen Cope with Sheryl Crow & Doyle Bramhall II
Band Lineup: Details needed. Citizen Cope (guitar / vocals), Sheryl Crow (? / vocals), Doyle Bramhall II (guitar)
Set List: Sideways / Bullet and A Target / Son’s Gonna Rise
Set 10: Earl Klugh
Band Lineup: Earl Klugh (guitar), Joseph Patrick Moore (bass), Yonrico Scott (drums)
Set List: Details needed. Angelina / Vonetta
Set 11: John Mayer Trio
Band Lineup: John Mayer (guitar / vocals), Steve Jordan (drums), Pino Palladino (bass)
Set List: Who Did You Think I Was / Vultures / Ain’t No Sunshine / Wait Till Tomorrow
Set 12: Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ron Wood
Band Lineup: Details needed. Buddy Guy (guitar / vocals), Jonny Lang (guitar), Ron Wood (guitar)
Set List: Forty Days and Forty Nights / Five Long Years / Let Me Love You Baby / Miss You (instrumental)
Set 13: Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band with Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Chris Stainton, Sheryl Crow, & Johnny Winter & Chris Stainton
Band Lineup: Derek Trucks (guitar), Susan Tedeschi (guitar / vocals), Warren Haynes (guitar / vocals), David Hidalgo (guitar), Cesar Rojas (guitar), Sheryl Crow (guitar / keyboards / vocals), Johnny Winter (guitar), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Oteil Burbridge (bass), Doug Belote (drums)
Set List: Details needed. Midnight In Harlem / Coming Home / Live Together / Don’t Keep Me Wondering / 300 Pounds Of Heavenly Joy(with David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas) / Soul Shine (Warren Haynes) / Red House (with Johnny Winter) / Space Captain (with Chris Stainton)
Set 14: Jeff Beck
Band Lineup: Jeff Beck (guitar), Jason Rebello (keyboards), Rhonda Smith (bass), Narada Michael Walden (drums)
Set List: Hammerhead / Dirty Mind – Big Block / Rhonda Smith’s bass solo / Somewhere Over The Rainbow / Rollin’ And Tumblin’ / I Want To Take You Higher / Nessun Dorma
Set 15: Eric Clapton & His Band with Jeff Beck, Citizen Cope & Steve Winwood
Band Lineup: Eric Clapton (guitar / vocals), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Walt Richmond (keyboards), Willie Weeks (bass), Steve Gadd (drums), Michelle John (backing vocals), Sharon White (backing vocals), Jeff Beck (guitar), Citizen Cope (guitar / vocals), Steve Winwood (guitar / keyboards / vocals)
Set List: Crossroads / Key To The Highway / Hands Of The Saints (with Citizen Cope) / Tough Luck Blues / I Shot The Sheriff / Shake Your Moneymaker (with Jeff Beck) / Had To Cry Today (with Steve Winwood) / Low Down (with Steve Winwood) / Glad (with Steve Winwood) /Well Alright (with Steve Winwood) / Voodoo Chile (with Steve Winwood) / Cocaine (with Steve Winwood) / Dear Mr. Fantasy (with Steve Winwood)
Set 16: B.B. King with Robert Cray Band, Eric Clapton, & Jimmie Vaughan
Band Lineup: Details needed. B.B. King (guitar / vocals), Eric Clapton (guitar), Jimmie Vaughan (guitar), Robert Cray (guitar), Tony Braunagel (drums), Jim Pugh (keyboards), Richard Cousins (bass)
Set List: Blues Jam (while B.B. walks out) / Rock Me Baby / Key To The Highway / The Thrill Is Gone
Set 17: All Star Finale
Guitars: Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, James Burton, Ron Wood, Vince Gill, Derek Trucks, Warren Haynes, Vince Gill, Jimmie Vaughan, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Cray, Johnny Winter, Jonny Lang, Hubert Sumlin, Sonny Landreth, Cesar Rojas, David Hidalgo, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark, Jr., Pino Daniele
Pedal Steel: Robert Randolph
Keyboards: Steve Winwood
Keyboards: Jim Pugh
Bass: Richard Cousins
Drums: Tony Braunagel
Vocals: All but verses mostly sung by Buddy Guy, 1 verse by Keb’ Mo’ who did not bring out a guitar
Set List: Sweet Home Chicago
Ernie Ball Stage / Guitar Clinic Schedule:
(30 minute sessions, including Q&A, from 10:15AM)
Ryan McGarvey Band*
David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Hubert Sumlin
* Winner of the “Ernie Ball Play Crossroads Contest”
Crossroads Festival – Where’s Eric! Tour Archive Entry with Set Lists and Band Lineups
Crossroads Guitar Festival – It Was HOT HOT HOT! (WE! News Article from 27 June)
Crossroads Guitar Festival – Official Website
Crossroads Guitar Festival – Official Merchandise
Don’t forget … there will be exclusive reporting, interviews and photos in Where’s Eric! Issue 42. Click here to learn how to subscribe.
About Crossroads Centre at Antigua:
The Crossroads Centre at Antigua is an international, non-profit facility founded by Eric Clapton. Crossroads Centre provides treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviours, their families and significant others. Eric founded the 36 bed residential facility because he saw a great need for the treatment of alcohol and drug addiction in the Caribbean, as well as around the world. To do this, he has personally invested his time and money to make it a reality. Crossroad Centre’s mission is to provide quality care and treatment that is both affordable and accessible. In keeping with this, a foundation based in the United States and a charitable trust in the United Kingdom raise funds to help support those who are unable to afford treatment.
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