“We’re going to pay tribute to the man himself right now”: Joe Bonamassa and John McLaughlin honor Jeff Beck with a hair-raising rendition of Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers at Crossroads 2023

Joe Bonamassa and John McLaughlin at Crossroads 2023
(Image credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)

We already knew from the insane lineup for Crossroads 2023 that the event was going to play host to some unique collaborations, but fusion legend John McLaughlin sharing the stage with blues-rock kingpin Joe Bonamassa? That one we did not see coming.

The two guitarists united with a common purpose at Crossroads on Friday (September 23): to pay tribute to Jeff Beck with a rousing cover of the late electric guitar icon’s standard Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.