Eric Clapton Releases Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 Set: Watch

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Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival on Friday, September 20, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex. (Photo: Cooper Neill; used with permission)

Eric Clapton has released his performance of “Badge” from the upcoming release of his Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019. (The title is coming in a variety of formats.) Following a six-year hiatus, the event once again summoned a classic rock all-star team for his fifth such festival, which was held at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex., over two days on September 20-21.

The two concerts featured performances by Clapton, Jeff Beck, Doyle Bramhall II, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Cray, Sheryl Crow, Andy Fairweather Low, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos, John Mayer, Keb’ Mo’, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Jimmie Vaughan and more.

Peter Frampton at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival on September 20, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex. (Photo: Cooper Neill; used with permission)

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 will be available on November 20 in several configurations: 3-CD, 6-LP, 2-DVD and 2-Blu-rays.

Throughout the show, Clapton shared the stage with others to perform some of his best-known songs, including “Layla” with John Mayer, plus acoustic versions of “Wonderful Tonight” and “Lay Down Sally” with Andy Fairweather Low. Clapton also paid tribute to his late friend George Harrison with a rendition of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Peter Frampton. See the complete track listing below.

Watch Clapton perform “Badge,” in a clip released on Oct. 21

Related: Clapton, Frampton play guitar onstage for the first time

The on-stage collaborations provided some of the most compelling moments. Highlights include a cover of The Stooges’ “I Wanna Be Your Dog” by Doyle Bramhall II, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Jim Keltner and actor Bill Murray (the festival’s M.C.); Buddy Guy and Johnny Lang ripping through Guy’s classic “Cognac”; and a version of the Merle Haggard hit “Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” by Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Bradley Walker, and dobro master Jerry Douglas. For the encore, Clapton returned to the stage to lead ensemble performances of Prince’s “Purple Rain” and Joe Cocker’s “High Time We Went.”

The first Crossroads Benefit Concert took place in 1999 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Crossroads Guitar Festival made its debut in 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. That sold-out show was chronicled in a two-disc DVD that has since gone on to become one of the world’s top-selling music DVDs, achieving the 10x platinum mark in the U.S. The 2007 collection was certified 6x platinum; the 2010 set was certified 3x platinum; and the 2013 set was certified platinum. Since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been held every three years except in 2016.

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The festival was also the launchpad for the global ‘Turn Up For Recovery’ movement, which is helping bring awareness of abstinence-based recovery and raise funds to provide treatment at Crossroads for those in need.

The 2019 concert event raised funds for the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the chemical dependency treatment and education facility that Clapton founded in 1998.

Watch Crow and Raitt perform Bob Dylan’s “Everything is Broken”

Clapton has moved his 2020 tour to 2021. (Tickets are available here and here.)

Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2019 Track Listing (CD, DVD, Blu-ray)

Jeff Beck at the Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival on September 20, 2019 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Tex. (Photo: Cooper Neill; used with permission)

“Native Stepson” – Sonny Landreth
“Wonderful Tonight” – Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low
“Lay Down Sally” – Eric Clapton & Andy Fairweather Low
“Million Miles” – Bonnie Raitt, Keb’ Mo’ & Alan Darby
“Son’s Gonna Rise” – Citizen Cope with Gary Clark Jr.
“Lait / De Ushuaia A La Quiaca” – Gustavo Santaolalla
“I Wanna Be Your Dog” – Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks, Band
“That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band
“Lift Off” – Tom Misch
“Cognac” – Buddy Guy & Jonny Lang
“Everything Is Broken” – Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt
“Every Day Is A Winding Road” – Sheryl Crow with James Bay
“Retrato” – Daniel Santiago & Pedro Martins
“B-Side” – Kurt Rosenwinkel with Pedro Martins
“Baby, Please Come Home” – Jimmie Vaughan with Bonnie Raitt

Bill Murray served as the 2019 festival’s MC

“How Long” – The Marcus King Band
“Goodbye Carolina” – The Marcus King Band
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Peter Frampton with Eric Clapton
“Space For The Papa” – Jeff Beck
“Big Block” – Jeff Beck
“Caroline, No” – Jeff Beck
“Cut Em Loose – Robert Randolph
“Hold Back The River” – James Bay
“When We Were On Fire” – James Bay
“Mas y Mas” – Los Lobos
“Am I Wrong?” – Keb’ Mo’
“Slow Dancing In A Burning Room” – John Mayer
“How Blue Can You Get?” – Tedeschi Trucks Band

“Shame” – Tedeschi Trucks Band
“Is Your Love Big Enough” – Lianne La Havas
“I Say A Little Prayer” – Lianne La Havas
“Feed The Babies” – Gary Clark Jr.
“I Got My Eyes On You (Locked & Loaded)” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Pearl Cadillac” – Gary Clark Jr.
“Tonight The Bottle Let Me Down” – Vince Gill with Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas
“Tulsa Time” – Vince Gill with Albert Lee, Bradley Walker, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas
“Drifting Too Far From The Shore” – Bradley Walker with Vince Gill, Albert Lee & Jerry Douglas
“Badge” – Eric Clapton
“Layla” – Eric Clapton with John Mayer & Doyle Bramhall II
Encore Finale
“Purple Rain” – Eric Clapton & Ensemble
“High Time We Went” – Eric Clapton & Ensemble

End Credits
“Going Going Gone” – Doyle Bramhall II with Tedeschi Trucks Band

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  1. Ali-kat
    #1 Ali-kat 21 November, 2020, 07:49

    I ordered the Eric Clapton Crossroads 2019 3- cd ser and i am anxiously awaiting for it to arrive.
    Wish i also ordered the 2-D.vd ser
    Do really want to add that to my other Crossroad collections
    Please tell me now how i can order that

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  2. Rockinoldguy
    #2 Rockinoldguy 21 November, 2020, 11:02

    It was truly unbelievable to see live. When Peter lost his shit because he never played with Eric before it was magical. Peter actually screwed up the words he was so flustered. We flew from California to see it..worth every cent. The people in Texas were very cool…

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  3. Comanche
    #3 Comanche 21 November, 2020, 20:43

    OUTSTANDING, Simply Outstanding!!!%

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  4. Da Mick
    #4 Da Mick 2 December, 2020, 15:29

    I’ve loved every one of these Crossroads Festivals from afar, and we tried, and failed to get tickets to this one. As others have commented, I’ve no doubt it was uniquely amazing, but, honestly, for such an occasion, couldn’t Clapton come up with any songs beyond what he routinely does in his modern day shows? The guy has a legacy to uphold, but he’s the most vanilla type boring headliner out there. He actually ended the festival with his signature encore, “High Time We Went?” It’s not even his song, And it’s so played. Shhheeshh!

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