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Benefit (Charity) Concert Appearances by Eric Clapton

From time to time, Eric Clapton has taken part in benefit concerts to raise funds for charitable organizations and causes.

Eric took part in the first large-scale rock benefit on 3 August 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The event was organized by his friend, George Harrison, to raise funds for the suffering people of Bangladesh. The concert was filmed / recorded and released as The Concert For Bangladesh.

On 30 June 1999, Clapton hosted Eric Clapton & Friends at Madison Square Garden to raise funds for the drug / alcohol rehabilitation center he founded, Crossroads Centre at Antigua. In addition to funds raised by ticket sales, the concert was released on video and DVD. He organized a second benefit for the Centre in 2004. It took place over three days in Dallas, Texas. A two DVD set, entitled Eric Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival was released to raise further monies. His second Crossroads Guitar Festival and third benefit concert for Crossroads Centre, took place on 28 July 2007 in Chicago, Illinois. A DVD of the one-day event, Crossroads: Eric Clapton Guitar Festival 2007 was released on 6 November 2007.

Some of the charity concerts Eric Clapton has appeared at include:

  • 12, 13 April 2013:  Crossroads Guitar Festival (New York, NY)
  • 12 December 2012: 12.12.12 The Concert For Sandy Relief (New York, NY)
  • 24 February 2012: Howlin' For Hubert (New York, NY)
  • 7 May 2011: Bunbury Cricket Club 25th Anniversary Ball (London)
  • 7,8,9 April 2011: Rose Theater / Jazz At Lincoln Center (New York, NY)
  • 26 June 2010: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Bridgeview, IL)
  • 17 November 2010: Prince's Trust Rock Gala (London)
  • 23 November 2009: Children Action Benefit (Geneva)
  • 14 June 2008: Ollie G Big Top Ball (Hasslemere, Surrey)
  • 28 July 2007: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Chicago, IL)
  • 3 September 2005: “How You Can Help” Hurricane Katrina Benefit (TV)
  • 11 June 2005: Wintershall - HASTE (Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour)
  • 22 January 2005: Tsunami Relief Concert (Cardiff, Wales)
  • 15 January 2005: Tsunami Aid: A Concert For Hope (US)
  • 4, 5, 6 June 2004: Crossroads Guitar Festival (Dallas, TX)
  • 15 March 2004: One Generation 4 Another
  • 17 July 2003: UNICEF (with John Mayall at King?s Dock, Liverpool)
  • 27 May 2003: Pavarotti & Friends S.O.S. Iraq War Child Benefit
  • 2 June 2003: Lincoln Center Jazz Foundation
  • 25 March 2003: Teenage Cancer Trust
  • 29 November 2002: Concert For George (Material World Foundation)
  • 10 October 2002: Carl Wilson Foundation
  • 20 October 2001: The Concert For New York City
  • 7 July 2001: Wintershall - HASTE (Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour)
  • 19 January 2001: The Wyclef Jean Foundation
  • 17 December 1998: A Very Special Christmas at the White House (Special Olympics)
  • 15 September 1997: Music For Montserrat
  • 20 June 1996: Pavarotti & Friends War Child Benefit
  • 2 May 1994: T.J. Martell Foundation
  • 1, 2, 3 October 1993: Chemical Dependency Centre
  • 30 June 1990: Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy (Knebworth ‘90)
  • 1 July 1989: King Edward VII Hospital
  • 18 November 1989: Parents For Safe Food
  • 1986, 1987, 1988, 1996: Prince?s Trust Concerts
  • 13 July 1985: Live Aid (JFK Stadium, Philadelphia)
  • 1983: ARMS Tour (Multiple Sclerosis)
  • 16 November 1981: John Wile Testimonial
  • 9, 10, 11, 12 September 1981: Amnesty International
  • 1 August 1971: Concert For Bangladesh
  • 15 December 1969: UNICEF Peace For Christmas