Joe Bonamassa Bringing the Blues

By on October 15, 2018
What kind of show will you get out of Joe Bonamassa

Joe Bonamassa, the iconic blues-rock guitarist hits the road with a 2018-2019 live tour. The tour kicks off with two shows in Buffalo, New York, on 26th & 27th of October 2018 and includes stops in both USA, in locations like Chicago, Charleston, Orlando and Baltimore and Canada. The tour wraps up in March 2019, with two shows in Westbury, New York. You can find the full list of dates and venues of this tour at the end of this article.

The two times Grammy nominated artist will be supported in this tour by a team of legendary musicians: Anton Fig on drums, Michael Rhodeson on bass, Lee Thornburg on horn, Paulie Cerra on saxophone, Reese Wynans on piano/organ and Australian back up vocalists Jade McCrae and Mahalia Barnes.

The tour’s playlist will include both past hits and new songs and the show announces to be an amazing one if we think only about Bonamassa’s 19 albums that reached #1 in “Billboard Blues”, more than any artist in history.

On 21st of September, Bonamassa released his 13th studio album, called “Redemption”. The 12 tracks album seems to push the barriers of blues-rock further than ever before, expressing the artistic and inspiration re-birth of the guitarist. A smooth blend of musical genres, the album features several collaborations with great musicians such as Gary Nicholson, James House, Tom Hambridge, Dion DiMucci and Richard Page. The album has been recorded in several locations, like Sydney, Miami and Nashville. The supporting team for this album is almost the same as the one that will accompany Joe Bonamassa on tour, except for two additional guitar players, Kenny Greenberg and Doug Lancio, whose work on the album allowed the musician to play in a certain way, according to his own statement.

The first track of the album, called “King Bee Shakedown” seems to be a tribute to Led Zeppelin’s hit, “Evil Mama”. A deep groove combined with a flavor of boogie blues makes “King Bee Shakedown” a song that stays with you for a long time. “Self-Inflicted Wounds” is proclaimed by the musician his best work in terms of song-writing and displays the wonderful harmony that exists between the songwriter and the singer Joe Bonamassa. “Broke Places”, featuring Jim Moginie, is a song of hope, as it transmits the confidence that things will be better in time.

The hard rock riffs you can hear in both “Deep In The Blues Again” and “Molly-O” offer a tragic tale in an original soundscape, while “Stronger Now” focuses on vocals and acoustic guitar. The influence of Tom Waits is sensed in “Pick Up The Pieces”, while “Just Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should” has an upbeat flavor of blues-rock, just like the one you can hear in some of Gary Moore’s songs.

Bonamassa declared about the origin of this album the followings:

“I’m going through some other stuff in my life I didn’t expect to be going through. It’s a rising, it’s contrition, it’s acceptance, it’s everything. It’s painful, but knowing that there’s a rising coming”. And all this “stuff” is quite present in his latest album, which is not just an album about the recurring theme of redemption, but also a great musical material that transmits strength and empowerment.

All in all, “Redemption” album seems to be one of Joe’s greatest works so far and if you want to hear tracks of this album in a live performance, you can get your tickets at multiple sites. You may want to read our latest mythbusters article on StubHub discount codes.

Joe Bonamassa is a true musical sensation: in 1989, at age 12, he opened for B.B. King, who was performing his 20th live tour. Bonamassa was a teenage marvel, making it to the local news shows and playing in professional bands. His childhood dream of playing great music just like the legends he admired – Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton – started to become reality when he was 22, after signing a contract with a record company. It was 2000 and Bonamassa released his debut LP, called “A New Day Yesterday”, which was very well received by both critics and public. The album, produced by Tom Dowd, marked the musical shift towards a more rock-sounding direction compared to what Bonamassa had played up to that point. Joined by bassist Eric Czar and drummer Kenny Kramme, Bonamassa hit the road to support his album. After he returned, he recorded in 2002 the studio album “So, It’s Like That”, together with the same Tom Dowd and released “A New Day Yesterday Live” which was a documentary about his tour. It was only the beginning, as the guitar player offered great musical work to his growing fanbase: “Blues Deluxe” featured three original songs and nine covers of blues classics, while 2009 “Live from the Royal Albert Hall” DVD showed the artistry of his guitar playing, even in the presence of guitar legends like Eric Clapton and Paul Jones, who appeared as guests on that live event.

In 2012, the album “Driving Towards the Daylight” was released, debuting as #2 on the British chart and topping in the “Billboard Blues” chart. In 2013, Bonamassa worked with vocalist Beth Hart on the album of classic covers “SeeSaw” and toured with her to support their new album. 2014 was the year in which Bonamassa offered his fans, as a “thank you” note for their support, an entirely new-materials album, called “Different Shades of Blue”.

In 2017, a new live album was released – “Live at Carnegie Hall: An Acoustic Evening”. At the beginning of this year, Bonamassa and Beth Hart released the album “Black Coffee”, a collection of covers. And before the recently released “Redemption”, Bonamassa released a live performance album called “British Blues Explosion”, containing covers from three of his main influencers: Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck.

Here is the full list of dates and venues for the tour:


October 26 – Shea’s Pac, Buffalo, NY

October 27 – Shea’s Pac, Buffalo, NY

October 29 – Grand Theatre, Quebec City, QC

October 31 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON

November 2 – Sony Centre, Toronto, ON

November 3 – Sony Centre, Toronto, ON

November 4 – Budweiser Gardens, London, ON, Canada

November 6 – Embassy Theatre, Fort Wayne, IN

November 7 – Palace Theatre, Columbus, OH

November 9 – Murat Theatre, Indianapolis, IN

November 10 – Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO

November 12 – Taft Theatre, Cincinnati, OH

November 13 – Palace Theatre, Louisville, KY

November 16 – Brady Theatre, Tulsa, OK

November 17 – Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX

November 20 – Tucson Music Hall, Tucson, AZ

November 21 – Fox Performing Arts Center, Riverside, CA

November 23 – Terrace Theatre, Long Beach, CA

November 24 – Reno Events Center, Reno, NV

November 25 – Bob Hope Theatre, Stockton, CA

November 27 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR

November 29 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC

November 30 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC

December 1 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Vancouver, BC


February 15 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 16 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 17 – Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Fort Lauderdale, FL

February 19 – Germain Arena, Myers, FL

February 22 – Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, FL

February 23 – Dr. Phillips Center, Orlando, FL

March 2 – Savannah Civic Center, Savannah, GA

March 4 – Charleston Gaillard Center, Charleston, SC

March 5 – Knoxville Civic Auditorium, TN

March 7 – Adler Theatre, Davenport, IA

March 8 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

March 9 – Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL

March 11 – Kirby Center, Wilkes-Barre, PA

March 12 – Hershey Theatre, Hershey, PA

March 14 – State Theatre, New Brunswick, NJ

March 15 – Modell Pac, Baltimore, MD

March 16 – Benedum Center, Pittsburgh, PA

March 18 – Durham Pac, Durham, NC

March 19 – Altria Theatre, Richmond, VA

March 21 – The Bushnell, Hartford, CT

March 22 – NYCB Theatre, Westbury, NY

March 23 – NYCB Theatre, Westbury, NY


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