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.
jackinthegreen: Cream without Eric??? Santana without Carlos?? and not even with a stand-in player.....you're easily pleased, I reckon most people would not be happy to say the least...
Apr 30, 2022 23:45:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: If it was Scott that got Covid would they have played the gigs without a drummer?
May 1, 2022 0:01:38 GMT
ash: It's Tull not Cream and my answer stands. Now it there was no flute player...No flute no Tull . I've seen Ian play with just an ipod backing track it was great
May 3, 2022 16:04:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: "No flute, no Tull".......hmmmm tell that to MB when he's doing all the Tull stuff..
May 3, 2022 20:18:27 GMT
jackinthegreen: and I've seen Ian doing his one man thing with just the backing track too, but that's not billed as a Jethro Tull concert.....
May 3, 2022 20:19:44 GMT
jackinthegreen: I do agree he's brilliant at playing to his own backing tracks though
May 3, 2022 20:20:48 GMT
ash: My first answer stands in stone
May 4, 2022 10:00:23 GMT
goodwolfman38: Just around the corner from what i understand will be the 40th anniversary edition of Broadsword & The Beast due in July, as i noticed a few weeks ago with an interview with Ian this one will be large box set, hopefully no delays
May 12, 2022 13:45:20 GMT
rredmond: Well the radio.net plug in at the bottom of the site shocked me a bit!
May 12, 2022 14:39:42 GMT
maddogfagin: Yes it's a great addition to the Forum and I'm hoping radio.net will provide this service for years to come
May 14, 2022 15:58:55 GMT
jackinthegreen: Where is the link to this radio.net.......I don't see it folks
May 15, 2022 1:11:08 GMT
maddogfagin: Immediately below this shout box and above the visitor numbers/flags.
May 15, 2022 8:39:21 GMT
jackinthegreen: Cheers MD, I can only see the link from the "Home" page, but disappears when looking at threads etc, so find if I open it up in a new window it then plays constantly
May 15, 2022 13:29:06 GMT
jackinthegreen: So I have it bookmarked to open at any time....nice in the background if reading on t'internet
May 15, 2022 13:31:36 GMT
jackinthegreen: Did anyone on the forum see Tull at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester in September.....
May 19, 2022 1:10:39 GMT
smint100: Good Lord, why did no one tell me about the radio.net! I've spent a joyful afternoon in the garden watching the strawberries ripen - I mean, editing a book - and listening to unadulterated Tull. Heaven!
May 21, 2022 14:56:50 GMT