Friday, February 7, 2014

"Crossroads" by 2013 Rock N' Roll: Hall Of Fame's "All-Star" Ensemble



2013 Rock N' Roll: Hall Of Fame's "Crossroads"


Legendary "Crossroads" song — as made popular by Cream and as recently performed by an "All-Star" cast as the final jam of 2013's Rock N' Roll: Hall Of Fame. 

Unlike yester-years, this particular show-closer featured an array of "top-notch" music artists performing a "mind-blowing" version of Robert Johnson’s blues classic-standard — “Crossroads.”

I can not tell a lie...


...when this "epic" rendition's intro began w/ Chuck D (of Public Enemy) & DMC (of Run-DMC) announcing the show's final jam...
 ...I cringed.
I was scared.
I was frightened.


I was afraid...
...afraid that the All-Star performance would join the long awful list of 'All-Star' collabos & their no-chemistry having performances, but contrary to that god-awful thought process — the 2013 Rock N' Roll: Hall Of Fame's version of "Crossroads" was UN-F'IN-REAL!

"Crossroads (Live)" showcases a performance for the ages — ladies & gentlemen, introducing:


Gary Clark Jr. - Guitar
Tom Morello - Guitar (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, etc.)
Chris Cornell - Guitar & Vocals (Soundgarden, Temple of The Dog, Audioslave, etc.)
David Grohl - Rhythm Guitar & Vocals (Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queen Of The Stone Age, etc.)

Taylor Hawkins - (Foo Fighters)
Alex Lifeson
- Guitar
Geddy Lee - Bass (Rush)

Neal Peart - Drums (Rush)
John Fogerty - Rhythm Guitar,
Ann Wilson - Vocals (Heart)
Nancy Wilson - Rhythm Guitar (Heart)

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"Crossroad" by Cream

I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
I went down to the crossroad
fell down on my knees
Asked the lord above "Have mercy now
save poor Bob if you please"
Yeeooo, standin at the crossroad
tried to flag a ride
ooo ooo eee
I tried to flag a ride
Didn't nobody seem to know me babe
everybody pass me by
Standin at the crossroad babe
risin sun goin down
Standin at the crossroad babe
eee eee eee, risin sun goin down


I believe to my soul now,
Poor Bob is sinkin down
You can run, you can run
tell my friend Willie Brown
You can run, you can run
tell my friend Willie Brown
(th)'at I got the croosroad blues this mornin Lord
babe, I'm sinkin down
And I went to the crossraod momma
I looked east and west
I went to the crossraod baby
I looked east and west
Lord, I didn't have no sweet woman
ooh-well babe, in my distress

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Robert Johnson's original "Crossroad" classic

"Cross Road Blues" is a song by the incredibly influential Blues singer, Robert Johnson. The song was originally released 1936 by Vocalion Records and has gone on to influence not only blue music but the world of music as a whole. Amazingly the original version of the song remained out of print until 1990, however has since been rediscovered by several new generations of Robert Johnson Crossroads fans. Because of it's significance, the song "Cross Road Blues", was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998.
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