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 three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee’s spring 2013 tour will include a March 20 show at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, according to a news release. No ticket information or sale date for the OKC show has been released.
It will be Clapton’s third time to play the OKC arena, following performances on June 9, 2004 and March 5, 2007, according to an email from a venue representative.
The Crossroads Guitar 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. 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, an Antigua treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. The festival is presented by Chase.
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 first Crossroads Guitar Festival in June 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, was an unprecedented collection of guitar icons from blues, rock and contemporary music. The 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 DVD’s. The Crossroads Guitar Festivals 2007 and 2010 were the second and third such concerts by Clapton and were staged at Toyota Park in Chicago. Both Festival were filmed for DVDs and met similar acclaim and achieved multi-platinum status. This will be the festival’s first-ever visit to New York and Madison Square Garden.
“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 in the release. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”
See Clapton’s spring tour schedule after the break.
Eric Clapton 2013 tour
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