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Eric Clapton

Crossroads Guitar Festival

"For many years it has been a dream of mine to collect together
in one place the greatest guitar players..."
-- Eric Clapton

LOS ANGELES, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 11/10/2004 -- On a hot, sticky afternoon this June, 46,000 people gathered at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, to witness the once-in-a-lifetime congregation of musical legends at the ERIC CLAPTON CROSSROADS GUITAR FESTIVAL. Warner Strategic Marketing (WSM), Reprise, and Duck are pleased to announce the three-day concert event is now available on a two-disc DVD set containing over four hours of extraordinary footage.

The unprecedented gathering of dozens of the world's top rock, blues, country, jazz and folk guitarists featured artists such as Eric Clapton, Santana, ZZ Top, James Taylor, John Mayer, Joe Walsh, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Jimmie Vaughn, Robert Randolph, Eric Johnson and many more. WSM/Reprise has released the DVD set for a suggested retail price of $29.99. Special features will include behind-the-scenes footage, artist interviews, alternate angle viewing capabilities, and much more.

Four years in the making, Clapton's dream-cast has now become a reality. Many of the most revered guitarists in the world came to fruition at Crossroads on June 4-6 in Dallas. The first event of its kind, the three-day spectacular bridged musicians and fans alike through the numerous guitar exhibits, clinics and ultimately the 11-hour concert at the Cotton Bowl that raised almost $2.5 million for charity.

"The Crossroads Guitar Festival started with a list of players I admire, musicians whose work on the guitar has inspired legions of others to follow the same path," said Clapton. "My wish list grew into a three-day event as responses came back with resounding affirmation."

Royalties from DVD sales will go to the Crossroads Centre in Antigua, founded by Clapton in 1997 to provide treatment and education to chemically dependant persons.

DVD Special Features
The two-disc set is presented in English 5.1 Dolby surround sound and features multi-channel video capabilities from MX Entertainment, where the viewer can choose and toggle between several shots throughout the program. The DVD also includes behind-the-scenes footage, extended interviews and much more.

About Crossroads
Founded in 1997, Crossroads Centre, Antigua was created to provide treatment and education to chemically dependent persons, those with other compulsive addictive behaviors, their families and significant others. Treatment is provided through residential care, family and aftercare programs. The pathway to recovery is founded on the movement toward a change in lifestyle. Crossroads Centre, Antigua also operates a 16-bed halfway-house called The Bevon House (exclusively for local Antiguan residents) and facilitates a school-based education series, Breaking the Cycle, in all local schools. www.crossroadsantigua.org

About Warner Strategic Marketing
Based in Burbank, California, Warner Music Group's Warner Strategic Marketing division serves as the central catalog development, licensing, soundtrack, and television marketing area for the corporation. Consisting of Rhino Entertainment, Warner Music Group Soundtracks, WSM Home Video, Warner Special Products, and WMG's Television Marketing department, WSM develops, markets, and promotes both audio and video products from the vast WMG catalog. The division is also responsible for licensing WMG's music for film, television, and video game uses, and for creating custom premium products. Additionally, WSM develops soundtrack opportunities for release by WMG labels.

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