And now there’s Eric Clapton Crossroad, the movie (and DVD)!
A film of the movie, that played in 500 theaters just for August 13th, comes out on DVD this Fall. According to the Advice Sisters’ reporter, Howard Caretto, the 2½ hour filmed concert is definitely worth your time and dollars.
Here’s Howard’s report of last night’s movie launch (photos by Alison Blackman):
There is no better place in New York to see a live concert film than AMC 25/IMAX on 42nd St. the screen was huge and the sound quality was better than being at the real event, as those who have Suffered with the Murky Madison Square Garden sound system can attest.
The movie started out slowly with a couple of acoustic numbers including teardrops in heaven and Lay down Sally. Momentum rapidly picked up with Booker T and the MGs doing their Classic hit green onions which allowed several guitarists, including The great but sadly now departed Alvin Lee getting a chance to stretch out and show their chops.
Some newer musicians were represented by John Mayer and Keith urban. They did a nice version of the Beatles don’t let me down and John Mayer with his own band did a killer song that reminded the author and his buddy of a nice Grateful Dead groove.
The new star of the show was Gary Clark who was featured Solo, playing with other musicians as well as with his own band. He is an up-and-coming musician with immense talent and every effort should be made to see him if he is ever in town.
Buddy Guy tore up the joint with his classic damn right I’ve got the blues which featured a 14-year-old kid who looked like he had just walked away from his Nintendo Set somewhere on the Midwestern farm. This fellow will be heard of in the future As he was able to hold his own when he played some nice solos on his guitar.
Other tasty music included an acoustic version by the Allman Brothers of midnight Rider and they reached new heights with their acoustic version of Neil Young’s the needle and the damage done – sung by who else but Greg Allman.
(video: Eric Clapton: “why does love have to be so sad?”
Eric Clapton, remember him? – Came back and did a nice version of why does love have to be so sad and was later accompanied by Keith Richards doing key to the highway and later Andy Fairwhether low did a killer blues number with Eric.
Eric got into a bit of a jamming mood with got to get better In a little while and basically ended the show with a killer version of sunshine of your love. I urge everyone to drop everything and see the movie for reassurance that rock ‘n roll is still alive. Picking up the CD set would probably also be a great idea.
The movie included songs from both nights and seems to have picked the best performances from each night. The only questionable part In the movie was the director’s decision to keep into cutting scene since New York City buildings between various songs. Note to director – we know where the damn concert was being played and would rather see the musicians in the crowd than inanimate buildings And shots through windows of people working out in a health club.
Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival will help a drug center in Antigua called Crossroads, that he has founded and has supported for the last 15 years. As a recovering addict and alcoholic himself, Crossroads is clearly a labor of love for this talented musician. I can’t think of any better way to spend an evening than checking out this concert. Have fun and remember the movie/DVD supports a great cause.