Sunday, February 26, 2012

VIDEO: Keith Richards & Eric Clapton jam at memorial concert

Music fans were in for a rare treat Friday night at New York’s Apollo Theater.

Eric Clapton was joined by Keith Richards at Howlin For Hubert: A Concert to Benefit the Jazz Foundation of America.

Rolling Stone reports the event was a tribute to guitarist Hubert Sumlin, who played in Howlin’ Wolf’s band for decades and passed away on December 4th due to heart failure.

The entire show, which featured all-stars including Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Warren Haynes, Jimmie Vaughan, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II and Elvis Costello – plus overlooked legends like Wolf’s former bandmates, harmonica player James Cotton, guitarist Jody Williams and saxophonist Eddie Shaw – was one for the history books.

The event originated while Sumlin was still alive as a celebration to mark his 80th birthday. It stayed that way; Guest after guest recounted Sumlin’s unfaltering positivity and passion for his instrument. At one point, Toni Ann Mamary, Sumlin’s longtime manager and companion, tearfully recalled Sumlin telling her, "I’m gonna be there. I don’t care if I play – I’m going to be there." She added, "Can you feel him?"

Read more about the event at Rolling Stone here.

Eric Clapton, Keith Richards & James Cotton – Spoonful
Howlin For Hubert memorial concert
Apollo Theater - New York City – February 24, 2012

Eric Clapton, Keith Richards & Kim Wilson – Goin’ Down Slow
Howlin For Hubert memorial concert
Apollo Theater - New York City – February 24, 2012

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