This DVDs contain four hours of legendary musicians performing alone and jamming together, along with remarkable footage taken backstage at this six-string summit. Clapton says he created the event so his friends and contemporaries could have fun and play together for a good cause. The cause is to provide a rehabilitation centre in Antigua for those who wish to dry out and shake off the ravages of any type of substance abuse you care to name.
This sold-out show is a double-DVD that has gone six times platinum in Australia and is one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs.
Featuring again a cast from a range of blues-orientated musician. This time with a more country feel in place with the likes of Doyle Branhall, Wille Nelson, Sheryl Crow, to Johnny Winter who give us Highway 61
followed by a real rocking input from Los Lobos. Here I post what I think are 2 great performances with a really powerful display of Don’t Worry Baby.
I always wonder if David Hildago has his spine fused together. Any how a great musician you must enjoy.
She is such a talent I must digress from this review to tell you she is just 21. She began playing when she was fourteen years old. Two years later she dropped out of high school, but graduated from Los Angeles Music Academy College of Music in 2004. After a few months she is so good she gets the endorsement with Sadowsky Guitars At 18 she moved to New York and began making a name for herself in New York’s jazz clubs connecting with the likes of Jeff Beck who she supports at Crossroads
Jeff Beck of course was a replacement for Eric Clapton in the Yardbirds in 1965. In 1967 when he went solo he had Rod Stewart and Ron Wood in his backing band. They recorded perhaps one of the worst all time bits of music I think “Hi Ho Silver lining” I will be reminding this to Rod when we catch up soon when he tours Australia. On Crossroads Jeff B plays some haunting but very avant garde material with Cause [have] ended as lovers.
On Disc 1 we get Susan Tedesch who looks almost as sensational as she sings and plays guitar in the back ground is Derek Trucks (perhaps the greatest slide Guitar and her life partner) performing in a perfect but amazingly modest way. A super musician who from what I gather is a nice family bloke too.
Buddy Guy, will always have an open invitation to these festivals, and he is featured prominently here. Guy and his band were even awarded the closing slot of the night,
As with the first festival, I thought it was a mistake for Clapton to not close the show. At the 2004 festival, as I posted before he invited (the unlikely) ZZ Top to close the show in honour of their home grown Texas prominence.
This year, with the festival taking place in Chicago, Clapton gave the honour to Buddy Guy. That was certainly a noble and unselfish gesture from Clapton.
The only thing really missing this year was something as heavy as Steve Vai’s 2004 performance which I was tempted to include again. But I’ll refrain.
This is a great concert so buy it. I just wish the producers would release all the sessions from the concert(s). I am sure you will agree we don’t care if it takes 10 DVDs and costs few dollars more just bring it on. It would be worth every cent.
To my boys at Riverside I hope you enjoy; to my son Robbie I hope you are in tune with your Dad. To all my friends I hope you find the videos wicked.
This is the end of almost 2 weeks of blogging and have had over two hundred and ninety four (294) unique visitors 2 more days to go. I had no expectations of this happening when I set out on this journey. Perhaps 10 which would have been more in line with the pathetic number of followers I have on twitter
I apologise for not posting sooner but due to the arm injury I can only use a single finger to type on my right hand and it is now very sore. Ouch.