Eric Clapton goes back to the crossroads this weekend as his Crossroads Guitar Festival returns for the first time in six years.
The Friday and Saturday night shows are in Dallas, where the first official one was staged in 2004. But, instead of holding it outdoors again in the Cotton Bowl, he's taking it inside the American Airlines Arena. All profits from the two shows will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, the treatment and education facility Clapton founded in 1998 for chemically dependent people.
Eric Clapton talked about the first Crossroads Guitar Festival in Dallas in 2004:
"We'd been there a couple of weeks and everyday there was, you know, like a major thunderstorm and a couple of times, you know, hailstones, and lightning like I'd never seen. And I had no idea. I mean I kind of planned for this whole thing without really taking that into consideration, weather there, and everyone said, 'Well it's always like this. Didn't you know?' And it stopped just for those two days, you know. So we were really lucky. And the only thing was that we had to get off quite quickly at the end 'cause there was a big one coming apparently and they were frightened that everything would collapse, you know."
This is the sixth all-star benefit Clapton has put together. The first was a one-night affair in 1999 at New York's Madison Square Garden followed by 2004 at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, 2007 and 2010 at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois, and 2013 back in the Garden.
If you can't make it to Dallas, the show is available worldwide on pay-per-view, satellite, Telco and digital systems in North America, as well as on any Internet-connected device through Nugs.TV. The price for each night is $39.99.
In addition, Hard Rock Cafe locations across the U.S. will host viewing parties, as will selected music venues, performing arts centers, bars and restaurants. To find a location near you, go to JoeHandPromotions.com/Venue-Search.
Both nights are expected to run for at least four hours.