Eric Clapton and Friends Highlight Crossroads Guitar Festival: Exclusive Photos
Eric Clapton brought together a vast array of guitar heroes for his fifth Crossroads Guitar Festival this past weekend.
Joining Clapton for the two-day event at the American Airlines Center in Dallas were old friends and notables such as Jeff Beck, Joe Walsh, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Frampton, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Jimmie Vaughan and Gary Clark Jr.
You can see exclusive photos from the festival below.
As is often the case whenever guitar players get together, highlights came from the musicians sitting in with each other. On Friday, Raitt joined Sheryl Crow for two songs, and was later seen jamming with Billy Gibbons during Vaughan's set. Crow later helped introduce Frampton by showing off the T-shirt she got at her first concert, when she was 13. Then Frampton brought out Clapton for "While My Guitar Gently Weeps." The night closed with Johnny Depp guesting on six songs with Beck, including "Superstition" and "Little Wing."
Saturday was John Mayer's turn to guest with everyone, playing with Tom Misch on the satellite stage and finishing off the evening with headliner Clapton, who had earlier joined Susan Tedeschi as special guests of Los Lobos. Clapton's set also found him singing "Happy Birthday" to actor Bill Murray, who was seen on the stage at various times throughout the weekend. He closed with a cover of Prince's "Purple Rain," before the night concluded with everyone from the second day performing Joe Cocker's "High Time We Went."
The festival was a benefit for the Crossroads Centre, a substance-abuse treatment facility on the island of Antigua that Clapton founded in 1997. He first organized the event in 2004, and he's held it every three years since, with the exception of 2016.