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Author: Subject: Clapton's "Crossroads" on PBS.. Who walks the Walk?

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 07:31 AM
Ok, PBS has shown Eric Clapton's "Crossroads" Festival a number of times now. If you've seen this year's performance, Who rips it up? Who did not?

Vince Gill....tore it up
I don't "Get" Robert Cray
Johnny Winter... sounded tired
B.B. King... Better than ever
Derek & Susan?...I closed my eyes and I was back in Aspen
What was Sheryl Crow doing there?
Stevie Winwood can play and sing

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 07:37 AM
DTB
Vince Gill this guy is great
Jeff Beck as always
Los Lobos could have been better
Sheryl Crow sure looks good
John Mayer first I really heard him, I liked it

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 07:57 AM
Los Lobos could've been better? C'mon, PBS gave then ONE tune, and they ripped it. Hope you're not in MY audience!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 08:00 AM
Winwood, Beck, DTB, in that order. I really enjoyed Doyle Bramhall's sound and liked his story of the 2 drummers and the history behind his concept. A very unique performance; I want to find out more about him and hopefully see a show of his sometime. I too don't get Sheryl Crowe, very MOR, but whatever floats your boat.

This was based on a DVD view, not sure what made the PBS cut.

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 08:09 AM
if they were there, they belonged there..

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 08:34 AM
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Los Lobos could've been better? C'mon, PBS gave then ONE tune, and they ripped it. Hope you're not in MY audience!


I didnt mean they sucked, I have just heard them better, I agree they should have got more air time.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 08:48 AM
I knew Steve Winwood could play, I did not know he could sound like that. I thought of him more as a rhythm guitar player.

The Blind Faith reunion ought to be something else. Winwood looked like he was having fun.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 11:28 AM
Vince Gill was only good when other players came out. Overall though he was fun and did not hurt the vibe in any way. Who was that white haired guy playing with him, Albert Lee? He was good that's for sure.
Robert Cray, not one of his better performances, longing for a return to the Strong Persuader days.
Derek and Susan, just looking at Clapton on the sidelines singing Anyday is enough said.
Johnny Winter, come on, the guy is like 102 and I loved seeing him with DTB, again, did not hurt the vibe.
Los Lobos, how many guitars were on the stage? At least 3 or 4. Not their best but at least it was not La Bamba.
Jeff Beck, Cause We Ended As Lovers is one of my favs and the chick on the bass was unbelievable. Really good stuff right there.
Cheryl Crow, how many musicians at this event has she been with?
John Mayer, I have tried over and over to get this guy and I can not, although he can play pretty good, I would rather listen to someone else.
Steve Winwood, Presence of the Lord, Dear Mr. Fantasy, also had no idea how good a guitar player he is. Amazing talent.
This DVD will be under the tree for me, at least I hope anyway.
Crossroads 2007 easily blew away the first one, which was pretty good too.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 11:28 AM
-Steve Winwood is one of the true greats of his era. What a great voice he STILL has.
-What a day for Derek Trucks- backing up Johnny Winter, Clapton, and Winwood. His band wasn't too shabby either
-LosLobos sounded great
-Johnny Winter- for what he's been through, I thought he was still pretty great

-I tried to give John Mayer another fair listen. Dude's got NOTHING. He can play the guitar, but he's got no bawls.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 11:46 AM
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if they were there, they belonged there..


Exactly!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 11:49 AM
I agree 100% with Lefty (outside of Sheryl Crow....that was just downright confusing). Clapton seemed in awe of Derek every time they were on screen together. Gotta love that.

From what I saw (I was not there) Derek and Tal (Beck's bassist) stole the show.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 01:58 PM
Got home in time to catch the last hour, say from John Mayer on.

Los Lobos were just getting warmed up-too bad they only got one song.
Jeff Beck & band ,especially the young lady on bass ,was spectacular as usual.
Derek's tone on Tell The Truth had me shutting my eyes and hearing Duane Allman.

Blind Faith could/should reform.Willie Weeks and the drummers would be fine - BTW, was that second drummer for Clapton/Winwood's set? Like others,I was reminded how good a picker Winwood is as it had been a while since I'd heard him on guitar.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 02:09 PM
Who invited John Mayer?...OK, I know the answer, but really, who invited John Mayer

Jeff Beck tore it up and that bass player, wow, how great is she? That bass solo was increidible.
Derek as always
Steve Winwood

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 02:15 PM
Is Beck's bass player the same girl who sat in with the ABB a few years ago at the Beacon and blew everyone away? Isn't she really young, too?

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 02:15 PM
John Mayer is such a Boring player.

I remember his first Crossroads performance.
He was ripping it up and then goes into this really lame song.
It was so laughable.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 03:17 PM
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Is Beck's bass player the same girl who sat in with the ABB a few years ago at the Beacon and blew everyone away? Isn't she really young, too?


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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 03:56 PM
Besides our Honorable Trucks Band and associates..................

My favorite was

Steve Winwood alone and W/Clapton

John McLaughlin was another.

the whole show is awesome.

I am not to much into Mayer. I am liking Jeff Beck much better. I got a couple of his albums once and at the time they were way out there for me. But I understand him much more now. I was cutting down Gill and Crow, before I watched the DVD. Actually, they were much better than I had expected them to be. I love Willie. Robbie Robertson deserved more time too. I loved the Last Waltz with The Band. No question about King, Guy and Sumlin.......legends I like.

If I had to say who was the best.............Eric Clapton with his Band.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 04:01 PM
I think Robert Randolph and the Family Band TORE IT UP!!!!....Unfortunately, PBS decided not to air any of their set. I watched the webcast of Crossroads live back in July.

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 04:07 PM
I like most of Jeff Beck's work over the years, but I humbly disagree with the other posts that this was a good performance. While the young lady on bass was good, Jeff's chops were just kind of aimless and bland to me.
 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 04:42 PM
God, do I hate those stupid pledge breaks.

Highlights for me:

Hubert Sumlin: "Sittin' On Top Of The World"
BB King: "Payin' The Cost To Be The Boss"
Derek Trucks Band: "Anyday"
Winwood/Clapton: "Had To Cry Today" & "Presence Of The Lord"
Steve Winwood: "Dear Mr. Fantasy"
Jeff Beck: Tal Wilkenfeld

Disappointments (in the PBS broadcast)

Robert Cray: I like Robert Cray a lot, but I never have cared for that "Poor Johnny" song.
Vince Gill: After reading his set list for his portion of the show, I'm disappointed in PBS' choice (?) not to show "Liza Jane". The song they showed didn't feature Vince's chops all that much.

That they cut "Sweet Home Chicago" down to about a minute and a half.

 
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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 05:52 PM
Amen Lefty!!!

 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 06:01 PM
I thought everyone on the PBS show was outstanding...especially Jeff Beck's bass player
 

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  posted on 11/30/2007 at 10:41 PM
There were lots of great moments, I hear/see lots of Clapton,DTB etc but I have not heard any Jeff Beck in quite some time - he was good but Vinnie and Tal simply kicked ass! Vinnie plays drums like SRV played guitar, it just flows out of him like electrical current. My 5 year old son was rocking hard to that stuff.

Steve Winwood was also a highlight, he and Eric were really enjoying themselves..and that's what it's all about.......speaking of which, Derek was all smiles after playing with Johnny Winter.

I must buy this DVD!

 

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  posted on 12/1/2007 at 12:24 AM
Jeff beck's set = Incredible,IMO
Derek's "Anyday" = gave me chills...excellent.
Los Lobos = Fantastic (as usual)
Vince Gill = one of the best,& often over-looked
Clapton,Winwood = no-brainer...excellent,as well.

 

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  posted on 12/1/2007 at 12:32 AM
I keep thinking of Winwood as keyboard player and great singer then he walks out with the guitar and just lays down a nasty sound. Too cool. I wasn't thinking of 2 guitar attack with him and Clapton. These shows should be killer. Word on the street so far is that Derek will not be on board for these shows unfortunatly.

I'm not sure if I'm dreaming this or not but I vaguely recall a Jammy awards in 04 or 05 where Windwood closed the show and jammed with Dickey. Sounds nuts but I was there and think it happened.

 
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