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Eric Clapton Announces U.S. Headline Tour, Sets Crossroads Guitar Festival Lineup

Reprise RecordsEric Clapton will kick off a major U.S. tour starting March 14, 2013, with opening act The Wallflowers.  The trek will culminate with Clapton's annual Crossroads Guitar Festival, which this year will be held over two nights at New York City's Madison Square Garden on April 12 and 13.

Clapton will be joined at this year's festival by 30 artists including Jeff Beck, The Allman Brothers, Robbie Robertson, John Mayer, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Taj Mahal.  As always, profits will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a drug and alcohol treatment and education facility founded by the guitarist.

In a statement, Clapton said, "The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage. The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”

Tickets for the tour and the festival both go on sale November 30 at noon ET via Ticketmaster.com.  Clapton's band for the tour includes Steve Jordan on drums, Doyle Bramhall II on guitar,  Chris Stainton on keyboards, Willie Weeks on bass, Paul Carrack -- formerly of Ace, Squeeze and Mike + the Mechanics -- on organ, and Greg Leisz on pedal steel.

Here are the tour dates:

3/14 --  Phoenix, AZ,  U.S. Airways Center
3/16 -- Houston, TX, Toyota Center
3/17 -- Austin, TX,  Frank Erwin Center
3/19 -- Dallas, TX,  American Airlines Center
3/20 -- Oklahoma City, OK,  Chesapeake Energy Arena
3/22 --  Nashville, TN,  Bridgestone Arena
3/23 -- New Orleans, LA,  New Orleans Arena
3/26 -- Jacksonville, FL,  Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
3/27 -- Atlanta, GA, Gwinnett Arena
3/29 -- Hollywood, FL,  Seminole Hard Rock Live
3/30 --  Hollywood, FL,  Seminole Hard Rock Live
4/2 --  Charlotte, NC, Time Warner Cable Arena
4/3 --  Raleigh, NC, PNC Arena
4/5 --  Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
4/6 --  Pittsburgh, PA,  Consol Energy Center
4/12 --  New York, NY, Madison Square Garden
4/13 -- New York, NY,  Madison Square Garden

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