Down To The Crossroads

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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!

READ THE REST OF THE REVIEW AT OFF THE RECORD

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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