B.B. King, joined by a collection of fine guitarists, including Eric Clapton, Robert Cray & Jimmie Vaughan perform “The Thrill Is Gone” at the Crossroads Guitar Festival (2010) at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL, outside Chicago, on June 26, 2010. At this point, the show has been going on for almost 12 hours (and it is around 11 p.m.). This is followed by Buddy Guy leading the grand finale, “Sweet Home Chicago.”where the entire Crossroads crew come on-stage, with surprise guest Ronnie Wood of The Stones, to sing and play; it all ends just before midnight before a full moon.
The festival was founded by Eric Clapton in 1999 to raise money for a drug-treatment centre, Wikipedia says: “The festivals benefit the Crossroads Centre founded by Eric Clapton, a drug treatment center in Antigua. The first concert was held on June 30, 1999, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.”
This blues song was written by Roy Hawkins and Rick Darnell in 1951. Love the shirt on B.B. King; he wears it well, like only few could. As for the song’s sentiments, it has stood the test of time and in every generation it rings true.
The line-up, as stated by the Chicago Blues Guide:
Starring, in alphabetical order:
JEFF BECK, JOE BONAMASSA, DOYLE BRAMHALL II, JAMES BURTON, ERIC CLAPTON, GARY CLARK, JR., CITIZEN COPE, ROBERT CRAY, SHERYL CROW, PINO DANIELE, VINCE GILL, STEFAN GROSSMAN, BUDDY GUY, WARREN HAYNES, BERT JANSCH, B.B. KING, EARL KLUGH, SONNY LANDRETH, JONNY LANG, ALBERT LEE, LOS LOBOS, JOHN MAYER, KEB MO’, ROBERT RANDOLPH & THE FAMILY BAND, HUBERT SUMLIN, DEREK TRUCKS BAND with SUSAN TEDESCHI, JIMMIE VAUGHAN, JOHNNY WINTER, STEVE WINWOOD, Z.Z. TOP. Emcee: BILL MURRAY.