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‘Crossroads Guitar Festival’ will air December 5 on KET

“Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival Chicago” is the unwieldy title of an all-star “Great Performances” extravaganza, taped last July in front of 28,000 fans.

The festival was a benefit for Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug-and-alcohol treatment facility he founded in 1997. The program airs 8 p.m. Wednesday, December 5 on KET.

The lineup includes B.B. King, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, John Mayer, Jeff Beck and Buddy Guy, as well as Robert Cray, Vince Gill, Albert Lee, Los Lobos, John McLaughlin, Robbie Robertson, Johnny Winter, Steve Winwood and host Bill Murray.

Among the highlights: Beck’s blistering guitar reinvention of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”; Winwood’s vocals on “Presence of the Lord” and “Can’t Find My Way Home”; King with his blues anthem, “The Thrill Is Gone.” And Murray with his comic attempt to perform Van Morrison’s “Gloria” – “The one song I know on the electric guitar.”

– (AP)

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