This past summer’s Crossroads Guitar Festival was an 11-hour celebration of the world’s top guitarists to raise money for Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua.
Now available on DVD/Blu-ray, Rhino Entertainment presents more than four hours of music, including sensational performances by Joe Bonamassa. The guitar master delivers a funky, soulful rendition of the Freddy King classic “Going Down” with Robert Randolph and joins Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, B.B. King and Buddy Guy for the finale, “The Thrill is Gone.”
Also performing throughout the day: ZZ Top, Warren Haynes, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, John Mayer, Johnny Lang, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, Albert Lee, Jimmie Vaughn, Derek Trucks, and Ronnie Wood of the Rolling Stones
Bonamassa also donated one of his signature Gibson Les Paul goldtops to the Crossroads Foundation for auction.
It was the first time Eric Clapton had shared a stage with Joe Bonamassa since appearing as a surprise guest at Bonamassa’s Live from the Royal Albert Hall concert in 2009, also filmed for DVD/Blu-ray. With the sold-out crowd on is feet and cheering them on, the two superstars traded licks throughout an electrifying version of the Clapton classic “Further On Up the Road.”
Bonamassa describes playing with the Clapton as, “The thrill of a lifetime.” Adding, “He’s my hero and the reason I play the way I play.”
Apparently the feeling is mutual, as indicated by their rocking, onstage reunion at Crossroads in Chicago. Eric Clapton is smiling as the finale crescendos, undoubtedly thrilled himself to be playing with his favorite musicians, and perhaps happy to see the soul and spirit of rock and blues being mastered by a new generation of guitar legend.