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Eric Clapton Announces 2013 Tour and Crossroads Festival

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Clapton and Jeff Beck share the stage at Crossroads 2010. Photo by Chris Kies

New York, NY (November 19, 2012) -- Eric Clapton announced today a 2012 spring tour of the U.S., culminating with his fourth Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour dates, along with festival lineup, are below via a press release on whereseric.com:

Widely considered one of the world’s all time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as a great collaborator, Eric Clapton announced today 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. See full listing below of artists performing.

Clapton and his band will visit more than a dozen cities across the U.S. beginning March 14, 2013 (see itinerary below). 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. The Festival is presented by Chase.

“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 6:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:00 p.m. Saturday, and is free to all ticket holders.

Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival Presented By Chase will be offered as an advance sale to Chase customers beginning Monday, November 26 at 12pm EST via www.ticketmaster.com through Thursday, November 29 at 10pm. General Public On-Sale will begin Friday, November 30 at 12pm EST. Tickets for the Clapton 2013 U.S. Tour will go on-sale beginning November 30, 2012.

Crossroads Festival Artist Listing
Albert Lee Allan Holdsworth
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 2013 U.S. Tour Dates
Clapton has assembled an impressive band for the 2013 U.S. dates which will consist of long-time touring partners: Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano and keyboards), and Willie Weeks (bass), along with newcomers Paul Carrack (organ and keyboards) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Michelle John and Sharon White will join the touring band again as backing vocalists. The tour will also feature special guests, The Wallflowers. Please check local listings for ticketing information.

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

For more information:
Crossroads Guitar Festival
Eric Clapton

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