Eric Clapton plots winter course, Crossroads Guitar Fest
Guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton will take to the road next spring on an international arena tour that includes a two-night stand at the musician's own Crossroads Guitar Festival in New York City.
The English singer/songwriter will begin the U.S. portion of the trek March 14 in Phoenix and venture through 14 major markets before finishing up the domestic swing with the Crossroads Guitar Festival April 12-13 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The Wallflowers will provide opening support on most dates.
U.K. and European legs kick off May 9 in Dublin, Ireland, and continue through mid-June.
Ticketing information for the outings is available at Clapton's website.
Longtime touring band members Doyle Bramhall II (guitar), Steve Jordan (drums), Chris Stainton (piano/keys) and Willie Weeks (bass) will join Clapton on the headlining tour, along with Paul Carrack (organ/keys), Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar) and backing vocalists Michelle John and Sharon White.
Clapton founded Crossroads Guitar Festival in 2004, and the 2013 version will mark the event's fourth year. The two-night music extravaganza features musicians hand-picked by Clapton, with proceeds benefiting The Crossroads Centre in Antigua—a treatment facility for chemically dependent people that Clapton established in 1998.
"The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage," Clapton said in a press release. "The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect."
This year's Crossroads features Jeff Beck, Allman Brothers Band, John Mayer, Keb Mo, Brad Paisley, Buddy Guy, Los Lobos and B.B. King, among others. More information about the festival is available at the event's website.
14 - Phoenix, AZ - U.S. Airways Center
16 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
17 - Austin, TX - Frank Erwin Center
19 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center
20 - Oklahoma City, OK - Chesapeake Energy Arena
22 - Nashville, TN - Bridgestone Arena
23 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
26 - Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
27 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Arena
29, 30 - Hollywood, FL - Seminole Hard Rock Live
2 - Charlotte, NC - Time Warner Cable Arena
3 - Raleigh, NC - PNC Arena
5 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Consol Energy Center
12, 13 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
9 - Dublin, Ireland - O2
10 - Belfast, Ireland - Odyssey Arena
13 - Birmingham, United Kingdom - LG Arena
14 - Manchester, United Kingdom - Manchester Arena
17, 18 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
20, 21 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
23, 24 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
26 - London, United Kingdom - Royal Albert Hall
29 - Frankfurt, Germany - Festhalle
30 - Berlin, Germany - O2 World
1 - Hamburg, Germany - O2 World
2 - Leipzig, Germany - Leipzig Arena
4 - Kaunas, Lithuania - Zalgirio Arena
5 - Riga, Latvia - Riga Arena
7 - Lodz, Poland - Poland Atlas Arena
9 - Munich, Germany - Olympiahalle
11 - Vienna, Austria - Stadthalle
12 - Stuttgart, Germany - Schleyerhalle
14 - Oberhausen, Germany - Koenig-Pilsener Arena
15 - Cologne, Germany - Lanxess Arena
18 - Nuremberg, Germany - Arena Nuremberg Versicherung
19 - Prague, Czech Republic - O2 Arena Prague