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    Wed, 21 Nov 2012 13:40:42

    Eric Clapton Announces U.S. Tour + Crossroads Guitar Festival - He has lots of dates on the docket

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    Eric Clapton is hitting the road. The guitar god has announced a major U.S. tour culminating in his fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival presented by Chase. The festival, which has become legendary in its own right for hosting performances and impromptu collaborations from the world's most legendary guitar players, will take place April 12-13 for the first time at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.

    Clapton and his band will visit more than a dozen cities across the U.S. beginning March 14, 2013. The tour will end with the two-night festival where Clapton will gather the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an unparalleled musical event. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons.

    Since its inception, Clapton's vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause. This year's Festival will feature two-nights of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new. The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmark of these performers.

    "The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage," said Clapton. "The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."

    In addition to the concerts, the "Guitar Center Road to Crossroads Exhibition" will be featured on the Terrace level @ Madison Square Garden and will excite fans with an incredible guitar-centric celebration of past Crossroads Guitar Festivals. This exhibition will feature the “Legends Guitar Walk”, with some of the most valuable guitars in the history of Rock and Blues, including historic guitars from Guitar Center's Legends Collection featuring Eric Clapton's two most famous Fender Stratocasters®, BLACKIE® and ‘Brownie,' Gibson ES-335 as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan's "Lenny" Fender Stratocaster®, plus selections from Guitar Center, The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Experience Music Project. Additionally, Fender, Gibson, Ernie Ball and Martin will host interactive exhibits where guitar lovers can plug in and play new products and classic favorites, while all visitors will be able to peruse memorabilia and watch archival footage of once-in-a-lifetime performances from prior Crossroads festivals on video walls throughout the exhibition. The "Road to Crossroads Exhibition" will open at 6:30PM on Friday and 6PM Saturday, and is free to all ticket holders.

    General public onsale will begin Friday, November 30 at 12PM EST.

    Tickets for the Clapton 2013 U.S. Tour will go on-sale beginning November 30, 2012.

    (Note: Two Different Nights of Music. Not All Artists Will Perform Both Nights)
    Albert Lee
    Allan Holdsworth
    The Allman Brothers Band
    Andy Fairweather Low
    BB King
    Blake Mills
    Booker T
    Brad Paisley
    Buddy Guy
    Citizen Cope
    Dave Biller
    Doyle Bramhall II
    Earl Klugh
    Eric Clapton
    Gary Clark, Jr.
    Jeff Beck
    Jimmie Vaughan
    John Mayer
    John Scofield
    Jonny Lang
    Keb Mo
    Keith Urban
    Kurt Rosenwinkle
    Los Lobos
    Quinn Sullivan
    Robbie Robertson
    Robert Cray
    Robert Randolph
    Sonny Landreth
    Taj Mahal
    Vince Gill

    Eric Clapton Tour Dates:

    Thursday, March 14 Phoenix, AZ U.S. Airways Center
    Saturday, March 16 Houston, TX Toyota Center
    Sunday, March 17 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center
    Tuesday, March 19 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
    Wednesday, March 20 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy Arena
    Friday, March 22 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
    Saturday, March 23 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
    Tuesday, March 26 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
    Wednesday, March 27 Atlanta, GA Gwinnett Arena
    Friday, March 29 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
    Saturday, March 30 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live
    Tuesday, April 2 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
    Wednesday, April 3 Raleigh, NC PNC Arena
    Friday, April 5 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
    Saturday, April 6 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
    Friday, April 12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
    Saturday, April 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden

    Will you be checking out the dates or the festival?

    —Amy Sciarretto

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