Crossroads Guitar Festival 2007 at Chicago's Toyota Park.Both audio and video filming for the release began on 15 March 2007 during the concert at the Ipayone Center in San Diego, California. Before performing with Cale at the venue, Clapton said: "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition: to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember."
Critic George Varga from the San Diego Union Tribune
reviewed: "Thursday's show was the sole date to feature a cameo by
Cale, who has long been one of Clapton's idols. Sitting side-by-side
with Derek Trucks and Doyle Bramhall, Clapton and Cale amiably sang and
played together on such Cale-penned gems as 'After Midnight' [and] 'Cocaine'. Clearly delighted, Clapton beamed and grinned throughout Cale's five-song guest spot."
Rhythm guitarist Doyle Bramhall II told the online magazine The Wall Street Journal
that "[we] were in the middle of a tour when Eric brought J. J. on for
the show in San Diego, so it felt like we were a well-oiled band ready
to support; Eric and J. J. could just let go and not think about
anything other than the magic they were creating." When Bramhall II was
asked about the performance, he described it as a "slide-guitar
orchestra" and added: "It was a very high energy song and I remember
feeling like we were holding on to it like a ride."
Live in San Diego is the thirteenth live album by the British rock musician Eric Clapton. It was released on 30 September 2016 through Reprise Records. Special guests on the Live in San Diego release include guitarists J. J. Cale, ... gramophone record was recorded on 15 March 2007 at the Ipayone Center in San Diego, ..