Crossroads Guitar Festival

Pullin’ ‘Tubes: Kind Of Blues

In a recent issue of Rolling Stone, the venerable music magazine did something that caught me a bit by surprise, as they dedicated their lead album review to The Bright

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The B List: Best Concert DVDs of 2010

This year’s batch of live concert DVD releases was more about quality than quantity. While there weren’t dozens of releases from the bands we love like last year, the DVDs that did come out make up for the lack of numbers. For this week’s B List, I continue a long-standing tradition of detailing my favorite concert DVDs of the year. I’ve included a taste of these releases, except the Avett’s DVD, so you can get a feel for these outstanding videos.

10. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – London Calling

If 2009 was indeed the last year for the E Street Band, what a year it was. One of the highlights of ’09 for The Boss and his long-time backing band was a headlining set at London’s Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park. London Calling contains 26 tracks from throughout Springsteen’s career as well as a few cool bonuses such as a memorizing version of The River from Glastonbury. As you’ve probably inferred from the title,  the DVD contains a scorching cover of London Calling by The Clash that starts this release out right.

READ ON for my Top Nine Concert DVDs of 2010…

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Clapton’s Crossroads On The Big Screen

A star-studded lineup featuring many of the best guitarists in the world gathered at Toyota Park outside of Chicago this past Saturday for Eric Clapton’s third Crossroads Guitar Festival.

The marathon 11-hour concert included sets from Sonny Landreth, Robert Randolph, Robert Cray, Bert Jansch, Stefan Grossman, ZZ Top, Doyle Bramhall II joined by Gary Clark & Sheryl Crow, Vince Gill joined by Albert Lee, James Burton, & Keb’ Mo’, Citizen Cope, Earl Klugh, John Mayer, Buddy Guy with Johnny Lang, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band joined by Warren Haynes, Sheryl Crow, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rojas, & Johnny Winter, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton with Stevie Winwood and B.B. King.

If you didn’t make it out to Chicago for the festival, you can still watch a truncated version of the event at one of 475 theaters nationwide at 7:30PM on July 27th. Performances by Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Steve Winwood, B.B. King, Jeff Beck, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Buddy Guy, John Mayer, emcee Bill Murray and others will be part of the movie. Tickets are available at theater box offices and online at Rhino plans to release a DVD/Blu-Ray edition of the film on November 8.

For more on this year’s Crossroads event, be sure to check out Jon Pareles’ review for the New York Times or Greg Kot’s review for the Chicago Tribune. READ ON for Clapton’s setlist from the Crossroads Guitar Fest…

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