BLUES-rocker Joe Bonamassa enthralled a sell-out crowd at the Sage this week on his current European tour, writes Dave Lawrence.
Backed by his stellar band, Michael Rhodes (bass), Anton Fig (drums) and Reese Wynans (keyboards) together with a horn section and backing vocalists, the suited and shaded Bonamassa delivered a set so self-assured he began the evening with four new, unreleased songs.
‘King Bee Shakedown’, ‘Evil Mama’, ‘Just Cause You Can’ and ‘Self Inflicted Wounds’ had been previewed recently during the annual Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea cruise, but to this audience they were mint fresh and a teasing appetiser for his next release.
He may hail from the USA but Bonamassa’s love of British blues-rock is no secret and the influences of the likes of John Mayall, Free and Rory Gallagher run through both his songs and playing.
Bonamassa is an avid guitar collector and worked his way through an array of instruments in his set. ‘No Good Place for the Lonely’ and ‘How Deep This River Runs’ featured extended jams and exquisite, melodic soloing. His superb playing and the hall’s acoustics proved a perfect marriage.
Covers included Albert King’s ‘I Get Evil’ and ‘Breaking Up Somebody’s Home’ plus a brace of Led Zeppelin tunes, a joyful ‘Boogie With Stu’ and a marathon version of ‘How Many More Times’ either side of Bonamassa’s ‘Last Kiss’. The evening closed with Leon Russell’s ‘Hummingbird’.
It may only be March, but Bonamassa has already set the bar high for best show of the year.
maddogfagin: May 7 is the 127th day of the year (128th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. 238 days remain until the end of the year.
May 7, 2019 6:59:01 GMT
rabey: Hi John/bunkerfan and Steelmonkey.
May 7, 2019 23:08:40 GMT
rabey: Thanks for the interest. Unfortunately because Ian/Tull is doing his own book when I sent a request to find John I got stonewalled, even though I have a signed contract by Ian from 2013 stating I was doing a DVD version of The book. I also have had trouble
May 7, 2019 23:11:47 GMT
rabey: I guess after 5 years Ian forgot this even existed. Imean, he never even listed my book with all the other books that have been out of print for decades, yet mine and Tim S still have books in print and we're not mentioned.
May 7, 2019 23:13:11 GMT
rabey: I just get the impression that this AND having just dealt with Tull are all they care about really and it peeves me when the truth is when I first got my original contract with a US publisher to write the book with quotes on 3 other books on ELP,Crimson,
May 7, 2019 23:21:53 GMT
rabey: and YES, I contacted both Martin and Dave from AND and offered involvement in writing and photography. but Dave said no interest and martin was happy to get his photos printed just for credit. Later Daves book arrived and martin wanted 100 bucks a shot.
May 7, 2019 23:25:00 GMT
rabey: Anyway, The publisher refused the cost of photos, Martin wrote the only negative review of the book in print except for Amazon where a few stinkers stalled it's movement, but basically there was nothing advertising the book outside the UK.
May 7, 2019 23:29:01 GMT
rabey: I have to find a better way to post.
May 7, 2019 23:29:21 GMT
steelmonkey: Fights about history, public knowledge and more personally researched knowledge are pretty hard to untangle...but nothing takes away your contributions to total Tull information.
May 8, 2019 21:35:56 GMT
rabey: Very Kind, Steelmonkey!
May 9, 2019 1:33:24 GMT