Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 Tickets Go on Sale to the Public Today

I am totally excited that Eric Clapton's collaboration show, the Crossroads Guitar Festival for 2007, is going to be held right here around Chicago. After seeing the DVD from the show back in 2004, I was a little down that I didn't get to go, (it was in Texas and like now, I was in Chicago). There was a DVD released of it though that was great. My only disappointment is that the festival wasn't available in its entirety either on DVD or CD, as there were a lot of artists who's performances weren't shown. Still, the DVD does features some great performances, some amazing jams featuring multiple artists and an action packed lineup from a range of genres.

Now, tickets are on sale today for the 2007 edition of this festival on July 28th, so if you're here in the Chicagoland area you can pickup tickets through Ticketmaster and a few other places I'm sure. They start at $90 (before all those ticketmaster fees of course).

I am definitely going to try and get tickets as it looks like a pretty sweet lineup.

So far, the lineup I've seen posted on a couple of sites is:

Jeff Beck
Doyle Bramhall II
Eric Clapton
Robert Cray
Sheryl Crow
Vince Gill
Buddy Guy
B.B. King
Alison Krauss and Union Station
Sonny Landreth
Albert Lee
Los Lobos
John Mayer
John McLaughlin
Willie Nelson
Robert Randolph
Hubert Sumlin
Derek Trucks
Jimmie Vaughan
Steve Winwood

I've seen Clapton play twice in the past few years, once with Robert Randolph and Doyle Bramhall II (and Billy Preston as this was back before his death) and a second time with Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Cray and Derek Trucks, so all of those people are exciting, but not too exciting. Seeing Jeff Beck would be a huge thrill as he is one of my favorite guitarists and always known to play that perfect spine tingling solo. There should be some amazing jams between blues legends like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Hubert Sumlin especially if they have Clapton, Trucks and Cray involved too. I've never seen Willie Nelson or John McLaughlin but I am moderate fans of both so that should be cool. I'm also hoping for a great collaboration between Clapton and Steve Winwood, like a resurrection of some Blind Faith material.

It isn't quite as exciting as the lineup at the 2004 festival in my opinion, but that was 3 days worth of material while this time it is only one. It should definitely be a great show though, I just wish it was going to feature people like maybe, Joe Walsh and ZZ Top (both played the 2004 festival) as well. Still, there might be some guest appearances, you never know at a one time event like this.

It definitely looks like a great show to check out as it is pretty much an all day event with lots of great artists and the proceeds go to charity. Plus it promises some amazing guitar playing and some once in a lifetime jams.

If I get tickets, I'll make sure to write a review, and there might be a DVD in the future, like before, to keep an eye out for as well.

In the mean time, you can check out the 2004 Crossroads Guitar Festival on DVD here: Crossroads Guitar Festival

Updated: I will be going to this show, so look for a review here around July 29 or 30th. I can't wait.


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