ERIC CLAPTON’S CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN, NEW YORK
FRIDAY APRIL 12 & SATURDAY APRIL 13, 2013
“The problem with Eric Clapton is that he is a gentleman rocker,” explained another guitarist named Eric – Eric Ambel of the Del Lords – in response to my observation that the first night of the Crossroads Festival did not quite meet my expectations. “You can be one or the other – but you can’t be both.”
Luckily, Clapton has some high profile friends who are definitely not ‘gentlemen’ rockers – like Keith Richards, who turned up announced on the second night, for a terrific version of ‘Key To The Highway’ and an incendiary one of Chuck Berry’s ‘Sweet Little Rock and Roller.’
This brief but inspiring cameo, met by a standing ovation before and after, put a rocket under Clapton, whose own set later on was nothing sort of brilliant.
Challenged by an even bigger name than his own, he rose to the occasion and not only proved his reputation was still in tact but turned a good festival into a great one. It is probably the sort of company that Clapton needs to keep more often!
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