Jon Pareles of the New York Times penned a detailed review of Eric Clapton’s 2010 Crossroads Festival.
“It was the third Crossroads guitar marathon Mr. Clapton has organized; the others were in 2004 in Dallas and in 2007 here,” wrote Pareles.”While the concerts are benefits for Crossroads Center, Antigua, a nonprofit addiction-treatment clinic that Mr. Clapton founded in the Caribbean, they are also rallies for what sometimes seems to be an endangered species: the guitar hero, the kind of player who can seize and hold an audience with chorus after chorus of an instrumental solo.”
Read the rest of the review here.
Rolling Stone also has a detailed account of Crossroads, including this shout out for our artist lounge:
“Backstage, performers relaxed in the air-conditioned Fender Artists Lounge, full of arcade games and vintage guitars. Before his set, John Mayer was stunned to receive an exact replica of his custom wood-chipped Fender Strat, while Clapton spent much of the first half of the day perched up on a leather stool watching the World Cup, shouting at the U.S. vs. Ghana match, “It’s the ball, it’s the ball!” referencing the new controversial Jabulani ball used in the tournament.
RS also has a killer photo gallery from the festival, including shots of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ronnie Wood and Buddy Guy.