Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3
About the Concert

In June 2010, Eric Clapton gathered a veritable Who’s Who of the world’s most talented guitar players at the third Crossroads Guitar Festival, an 11-hour celebration of the six-string that attracted a sold-out crowd of more than 27,000 music fans to Chicago’s Toyota Park. All profits from this daylong display of guitar virtuosity benefited The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility Clapton founded to help people suffering from chemical dependency.

Two hours of highlights from the marathon event, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 will air as part of Great Performances on Monday, June 6 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings).

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Clapton notes, “The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” and adding, “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.” Actor-comedian Bill Murray — host of the second Crossroads Festival in 2007 — returns as MC, and supplies the festival’s nonmusical highlights with his inimitable style.

Great Performances is a production of THIRTEEN for WNET, one of America’s most prolific and respected public media partners.

It’s no surprise a festival named for a Robert Johnson song would include a heavy dose of the blues, and the 2010 edition does not disappoint, with remarkable performances by Sonny Landreth, Gary Clark, Jr., Keb’ Mo’ and Buddy Guy.

The rock contingent is also well represented by ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, the John Mayer Trio, Doyle Bramhall II, the Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, Warren Haynes and Steve Winwood, who teamed with Clapton for several performances including an epic cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Voodoo Chile.”

Various styles find a home here too, with Vince Gill’s amazing take on Clapton’s “Lay Down Sally” accompanied by the legendary James Burton and others; and Jeff Beck who performs “Hammerhead” which won the 2011 Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance.

Other artists making appearances include: Sheryl Crow, Ronnie Wood, Robert Randolph, Jonny Lang, Joe Bonamassa, Pino Daniele, and Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas.

Song Listing:

“Promise Land” – Sonny Landreth w/Eric Clapton
“Going Down” – Pino Daniele, Joe Bonamassa, Robert Randolph & The Family Band
“Waiting for The Bus” – ZZ Top
“Jesus Just Left Chicago” – ZZ Top
“Bright Lights” – Gary Clark, Jr.
“Our Love Is Fading” – Sheryl Crow w/Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II & Gary Clark Jr,
“Lay Down Sally” – Vince Gill w/Sheryl Crow, Keb’ Mo’, Albert Lee, James Burton & Earl Klugh
“Who Did You Think I Was” – John Mayer Trio
“Midnight in Harlem” – Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
“Space Captain” – Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band w/Warren Haynes, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas & Chris Stainton
“Five Long Years” – Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood
“Hammerhead” – Jeff Beck
“I Shot the Sheriff” – Eric Clapton
“Had to Cry Today” – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton
“Voodoo Chile” – Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood
“Dear Mr. Fantasy” – Steve Winwood & Eric Clapton

The first Crossroads Guitar Festival, in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock, and contemporary music, aired on Great Performances in December of that year. The two-disc DVD that has since achieved the 10x platinum mark in the United States alone. The Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007, the second such concert by Clapton and also staged at Toyota Park, aired on Great Performances in November 2007, and its DVD was certified 6x platinum. The complete 2010 concert was released by Rhino Entertainment on Blu-ray and DVD.

A Parallel 28 Equipe Inc. Production, Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival 3 was directed for television by Martin Atkins. Eric Clapton, Peter Jackson, James Pluta and Scooter Weintraub are producers; John Beug and Michael Eaton are executive producers. For Great Performances, Bill O’Donnell is series producer; and David Horn is executive producer.

Major funding for the Great Performances telecast is provided by the Irene Diamond Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, Vivian Milstein, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and public television viewers.

  • Jessica

    Eric Clapton without “YOU WERE WONDERFUL TONIGHT” ?
    NO NO NO

  • Jeff

    San Diego PBS Doesnt carry this – Geeks all around!

  • Nancy

    WOSU in Columbus, OH doesn’t plan on carrying it, either! And Clapton LIVES here!! GEEZ!!!

  • Tom

    I am watching it right now on WEDU in southwest FL.
    It’s better then you could ever imagine.

  • Kathy

    Simply the best… my ears and eyes were definitely needing a real treat – sure got it tonight!

  • Laura

    Clapton and Winwood. Still spectacular!

  • Paula

    Unbelievably, it is airing on KENW out of Portales NM!! Watching here in Roswell.
    Love, Love, Love. Thank you Eric Clapton!!

  • Laura/Readerwoman

    Watching it right now in Arizona, and it is totally kewl and mellow. If your PBS station doesn’t carry this – COMPLAIN!!!

  • Paul

    It’s on Tempe KAET, right now, too! They just get better!

  • PKL

    MISSED IT! When will it air again???

  • Christine

    Playing tonight in Des Moines, Iowa! Awesome!!

  • Steve

    Lang is always intense! Great stuff, Wood, Clapton,zz top! Rock on! Robert would be proud!

  • lynnda

    Watched it twice,the best yet! ran on both pbs stations last night,buddy was right it was heaven!

  • karla

    I know, right? I feel seriously cheated. WTF is wrong with WOSU. They need to fire the programming director right along with Tressell’s sorry ass!

  • Martini

    Fantastic. Go buy the DVD, it’s even better! It was best in person, though :-)

  • jarvis

    Didn’t feel like I was in a music mood tonight but hear I am listening.Started watching and what do you know,the power of music wins again!

  • gary sanderson

    This Eric Clapton concert that I’m viewing is awesome! Love WTTW! Miss living in Oak Park. I’m in Iowa City and PBS is good here, but WTTW is unequaled! In my opinion, a class above of all others.

  • Misty

    Thank you for recognizing (by broadcasting) that which so many of us hold near and dear: live music of incredible, genuine artists…

  • Dan Berkowitz

    We’re talking really lame….. Oregon PUBLIC Broadcasting, deciding Eric Clapton is not worthy of a Great Performances? Instead, some dorky doo wop rubbish. Puhleez.

  • Michael

    How does one buy (and support PBS) a CD of this show. Absolutely amazing!

  • rumpfox

    i watch and record everone and watch them over and over and still as allsome as whwen i first saw them even years later

  • papa dukes

    It was a long day and just wanted to crash out. As I laid there dazing out. I thought I was dreaming. The next thing I knew I was sitting staight up in the bed wishing and hoping that before I die I would have the opportunity to see a show like the one tonight one more time.Thank you eric and all who made a great day better than I’ve had in years.Ben Deland fl.

  • BigDaddy

    SUZE friggin’ ORMAN????? REALLY San Diego PBS??? Yeah, RIGHTTTT. Like if I really need financial advice I am going to listen to SUZE ORMAN???

  • Johnny Sea

    Who was the drummer with Clapton & Winwood? I’ve seen him before, but can’t remember with who.

  • Mark from San Antonio

    What a plethora of guitar talent…………………….wow…….PBS you are the best….absolutely fantastic concert…wish I could have been there.

  • Suzie Lana

    I missed most of it. When will it air again?

  • Lynnessa from Hattiesburg, MS

    I watched it at tonight at 8pm and it is on again midnight. Absolutely fantastic line-up & talent. Can only imagine being there in the crowd live. Thank you PBS for making this Monday night.

  • DC

    at least somebody believes

  • Dimitri Cecil

    Eric and Company Enjoyed this Great Performance at 4:00 AM June 7 2011

    Reminded me of the Grande BallRoom Detroit Michigan
    We were there as were Jeff Beck, Steve Winwood, ZZ, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Buddy Guy
    Great Performance, Great Talent the Masters of their Era.
    Clapton doing Hendrix Wow That was very cool
    Hendrix did Clapton Sunshine of My Love Using only one hand left hand only at Cobo Arena 1969

    Only on PBS PBS entertains the Cultural People of America

  • Marilyn

    Truly an incredible show. So wish I was sitting there taking it all in.

  • Carla

    Awesome show. I saw Clapton & Winwood live in 2009 and I can’t get enough! I wish I could have seen this live.

  • Paul

    Wonderful Tonight? Seriously? By far his worst song ever during that very lame period of his career…

  • Angela Abel

    I have been searching for next airing of this..But what is wrong with the people here in COLUMBUS tonot have this?SSSOOOOOOOOOODISGUSTED

  • Rooster

    The last song that was played on PBS last night with Clapton and Winwood, I could not understand a word coming out of Winwoods mouth! The music was just wonderful and unmatched. The Guitar solo’s by both were unreal but as far as the lyrics, the poor guy has done to many things that have affected his speech. As far as Gibbons, this guy still has it and is the best “slide” pickers ever to play. To tune your guitar to an open cord to play slide then take the slide of mid song and then pick a solo from there is just freak’n hard. Just try learning to play a guitar tuned open cord from the traditional way. Everything you think you know, you can throw it out the window. Vince Gill is always great and a very talented musician. And Clapton well what can you say negative about slow hand? Nothing at all he is great! This was a great concert hands down.

  • dave

    You can buy the CD and DVD from Amazon. Costs WAY too much from PBS.

  • Jeff

    What ??

    Are they friggin’ Taliban or just stupid ?

  • Jeff

    Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang & Ronnie Wood = COOL!!

  • Jeff

    Don’t forget Albert Lee!! Five times consecutive winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Country Guitarist.”

    He JAMS!!!! He didn’t show a lot on the show, but he’s got it to be sure. Checkout “Tear it Up” sometime, if you haven’t.

  • JC

    Didn’t get to attend the festival last year, but the ‘04 inaugural in Dallas kicked all kinds of butt! I have to agree with Paul who was glad “You Look Wonderful Tonight” wasn’t played. And add “Bell Bottom Blues” to that list! WAY overplayed when so many other tunes should be heard!

  • Chris

    What is the name of the song and the artist who played the guitar solo during the introduction prior to Bill Murry appearing and that was also played during the credits at the end of the show.

  • Edward

    I’d like to find that out too. That was some excellent slide guitar playin”! I tried to see if that info was in the closing credits, but I doubt if the artist was given that credit.

  • Chander

    Saw last year’s show on WTTW (Chicago). Fantastic. Had not heard Derek Trucks before. He is good. Plan to see his concert with his Mrs Tedeschi in Chicago in August

  • Mandina

    I’m watching it right now. Love it, love, love it! I have Crossroads 2 on DVD, which was 2 disks. I hope there’s a longer version of this one too. I’ve seen Clapton 3 times, but those were the days of Cream and Blind Faith. Good to see those old geezers (I’m in the same age group) still have it!

  • Mandina

    I thought Stevie sounded great! He still has a fabulous voice for singing all these years. I didn’t have any problem understanding him, but I know the words well. Dear Mr. Fantasy, sing us a tune, something to make us all happy!

  • Mandina

    I don’t know what part of Oregon you’re in, but it’s on tonight at 9 PM, right after Lawrence Welk in the Medford area. I have Dish TV, so I get 2 PBS stations. Hope you get to see it!

  • Jack Strat

    Not totaly sure but it looks like Ginger Baker.

  • Laura Coulon

    I am watching the last 45 minutes of this. AWESOME!! What memories this brings back. Clapton and Winwood still got it goin on. I can’t wait till I can see the whole show.

  • Sarah

    Was that Dave Grohl on the drums in the back?

  • Vanessa

    I tuned in during Sheryl Crow’s set (fantastic), and now want to know what I missed! I am a new fan of the Tedeschi Trucks Band as of right now…I know. Where have I been? …watching now on WETA Channel 26, Washington, DC.

  • imhappynow

    one of best days ever when the guys pulled me up on stage and i played with them the second time AWESOME.

  • Terex

    Just watching replay in Oct. 2011. OMG! Chris Stainton – what memories. Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi just rule. And up top the remark re Bell Bottom Blues is exactly right. One of the best rock songs ever. I’ve seen Robert Randolph and the Family Band live at a little college in PA. So many great performers! Waiting for Voodoo Chile now.

  • Crystal

    OMG, Loved it. Eric Clapton, love you!!! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with the world. It seems you love performing with so many greats but you are the GREATEST!!!

  • Joe

    Watching it now and loving it! Good vibes all around :)

  • DUBOIS Luc

    Merci d’une part pour le concert qui m’a fait connaître les meilleurs guitaristes de Blues de la planète et d’autre part pour la cause qui est à lorigne de cette réjouissance. Moi même je suis bénévole dans 2 associations pour aider les défavoriés de France. La musique et en particulier le jazz et le blues puis l’aide à apporter aux plus malheureux sont désormais ma principale raison de vivre.

    Merci Eric et aussi à Sheryl CROW. J’espère que le bonheur vous côtoie tous les 2, et Eric vivre continuellement près de la beauté doit te donner une force supérieure et une envie de vivre spplémentaire. Moi je n’ai pas cette chance mais la vie vaut tout de même la peine de gravir les obstacles même sans l’esthétisme de Sheryl CROW à ses côté. Mais sa voix à travers ses C.D. suffisent à me transpercer et me mettre en joie.

    Sincerely and Friendly.

  • gonzo

    does any one know when the next crossroads gutiar festival will be scheduled and where ?

  • dave murphy

    steve gadd is the drummer playing for clapton and winwood

  • Kimberly

    This was by far the greatest show I ever saw! My parents took me for my birthday, I LOVE Clapton and think he is a God on the guitar. I sure hope it wasn’t the last Crossroads tour!

  • Clara

    Thumb up!!!

  • Phylis

    Watching Crossroads on WTTW. What a way to greet the new year with the world ’s best. Thank you Eric for sharing your talent with the planet all these years. It keeps getting better – which defies the law of perfection.

  • cookpa

    Now that’s a lot of talent

  • Ella

    I’m sure that was Jeff Beck.

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