Bill Murray keeps Eric Clapton’s music fest — and its audience — rolling

AP Photo/Stephen CherninThis just in: Bill Murray is hilarious. The Sneden’s Landing resident served as emcee Saturday at Eric Clapton’s second Crossroads Guitar Festival in the Chicago suburb of Bridgeview, Ill.

Hilarity, naturally, ensued.

If none of the following quotes documented by Northwest Herald (Ill.) music blogger Bryan Wawzenek makes you laugh aloud, I’m not sure I want to know you — but please keep reading Suburbarazzi!

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There’s been a seismic shift in the world of music today. Chicago is no longer the home of the blues. It is now Bridgeview, Ill. Yeah, that’s right. Let’s hear it for Bridgeview.

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[Dressed as an aging rock star and faking a British accent to introduce John Mayer] They say, ‘How can this big-haired guy from Greenwich, Conn., have the blues?’ Well, I met this man last night and let me tell you, the guy is miserable. If you think things are bad and can only get worse, please welcome John Mayer.

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[Introducing a country-leaning set by Vince Gill and wearing a cowboy hat] Oh, enough of the blues. I want a NASCAR moment. A bunch of you with your shirts off, run around in an oval over there.

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More of Murray’s quips after the break.


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[In between later sets] Hey, I just got here, how’s everything been?

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[Wearing a Blues Brothers T-shirt to introduce Buddy Guy] As my friend Joliet Jake once said, buy as many blues albums as you can. Well, we’re in pretty sad shape tonight, aren’t we? I think it’s time to turn it over to the local authorities. Here’s a survivor. The water tower and pumping station of the city of Chicago … Mr. Buddy Guy.

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Check out even more Murray quotes in Wawzenek’s blog and additional festival coverage in this Billboard article.

(Associated Press file photo/Stephen Chernin)

Chris Serico

A Westchester native and Boston College grad, Chris Serico will host your game show for scale. A features reporter for the The Journal News, he's also written for the newspaper's Listening Room, Suburbarazzi and Remote Access entertainment blogs. For those about to rock, he salutes you.