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Eric Clapton Performs "Crossroads" and "Cocaine" at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Fest — Video

Eric Clapton — the star of Guitar World's March 2014 cover (He's known for other things as well) — performed late last month at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival (Acura Stage).

Below, you can check out two videos from his nearly 1.5-hour set — "Crossroads" (top) and "Cocaine" (bottom).

Said one festival attendee:

"[Clapton] did not address the crowd. There is a lot of noise from an adjoining stage as the speakers and wind were not set properly as he did a four-song acoustic set, which was very difficult to hear above the other stages.

"No 'Badge,' 'Sunshine,' etc., but he graciously allowed band members to play their hits. The crowd, which was packed at the beginning, was significantly decreased as he played 'Layla' acoustically. ... This is a well-run festival, but for some reason this act was not well coordinated with adjoining acts this year."

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.