Tuesday, November 30, 2021

LIVE: Joe Bonamassa, The BIC, Bournemouth

Joe Bonamassa is the rock and blues reaper that will reach into you, and shake you by your very soul!
On Sunday the 20th March, I was given the absolute pleasure of reviewing Joe Bonamassa at the BIC in Bournemouth. This was a rescheduled show after Joe was forced to cancel back in October due to illness.  Six months later he returned with an astounding performance.

Joe Bonamassa by Mark Lloyd
Joe Bonamassa by Mark Lloyd

On arriving at the BIC, the sheer number of people was over whelming. It was sold out and 3,500 people were eagerly waiting to see the legend take to the stage. Once walking through the lobby and into the concert hall, the atmosphere was thick with eager anticipation. The stage was lit with moody blue and red lights as patrons were finding their seats.
Suddenly, the lights dimmed and the stage curtain was illuminated in electric blue. The hall was filled with the audio intro of a Krusty the Clown sketch (The Simpsons) followed by Johnny Cash ‘Ring of Fire’ and many people were happily singing along. Once the music had finished you could hear whistles from the front rows that spread through the rest of the crowd, suddenly it became obvious that there were shadowy silhouettes walking onto the stage.
A spot light focussed on stage right and illuminated Reese Wynans (Keyboard) as he played a duel piano and electric organ solo. The lights came up in wonderful hues of blues, greens and reds and Joe Bonamassa was stood centre stage. The crowd went wild and he burst into his track ‘Locomotive’ to kick start the night. Following straight into ‘This Train’ it was obvious that Joe already had the crowd. Looking down the aisle, I could see hundreds of feet tapping in unison – It was spectacular.

Throughout the show I was incredibly impressed with the whole set up. The lighting sequences were smooth and organised and looked incredible. The sound was amazing and clean and Joe’s band consisting of Reese Wynans (Keyboard), Anton Fig (Drums), Michael Rhodes (Bass), Lee Thorburg (Trumpet) and Paulie Cerra (Sax) are unbelievably skilled musicians. Joe also ensured that each member had their time in the spotlight demonstrating their technical abilities through their solos. This was enough to blow you away alone, but then it comes to the main man, Joe Bonamassa himself.

Joe Bonamassa by Mark Lloyd
Joe Bonamassa by Mark Lloyd

Joe’s ability on the guitar cannot be beaten. It’s easy to see why he is the best rock and blues guitarist in the world. His vocals are powerful and clean and his guitar solos reach deep inside you and shake you by your very soul. Showcasing tracks from his new album Blues of Desperation as well as some of his older material, appealed to the whole audience. He combines rock and blues and creates something magical and captivating. By the time he worked his way to his infamous track ‘Sloe Gin’ the audience were entranced and absorbing all the emotions Joe portrayed through his music. He sang ‘Sloe Gin’ with such passion, that it left some audience members sniffling. During the set Joe apologised to the audience “I’m sorry I’m a little late” he said, receiving laughter from the crowd  in return. It was clear that no one minded at all, they were just thrilled he had made it.
Ending the show with ‘Ballad of John Henry’, Joe encourages audience members to stand and move forward. He only had to use a brief arm signal and the whole crowd were on their feet. Swaying, bopping and singing along. Once Joe had finished the track, the crowd screamed, cheered and clapped in sheer delight. Joe said thank you and left the stage.
Was this it? Was it over? Oh on the contrary! The crowd continued to stand and cheer, followed by a rhythmic clapping that signalled one thing, they wanted more! Joe shortly appeared back on stage and gave an encore performance of ‘Humming Bird’.  The finale was the whole band bowing to the audience and leaving each individual feeling that at some point during the evening, Joe’s music had spoken to them personally. This is by far the best show I have been to in a long time!
Joe Bonamassa’s new album Blues of Desperation is out on the 25th March and I would highly recommend giving it a listen! And don’t worry if you haven’t seen him yet folks, you only have to wait until his UK tour in July.

Joe Bonamassa’s new album “Blues of Desperation” is released by Provogue on Friday 25th March.

Joe performs his British Blues Explosion concerts in the UK in July.  Dates as follows –

JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT

A SALUTE TO THE – BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION

Joe Bonamassa pays homage to the music of
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page

BOOK ONLINE: ticketmaster.co.uk

www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 844 0444

With special guest

JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR OPENS FOR JOE AT HOGTON TOWER,

LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL AND NEWARK CASTLE

 

HOGHTON TOWER

SATURDAY 2 JULY 2016
with special guest
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Tickets: TicketLine.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Number: 01254 852986

North Preston, Lancashire, PR5 0SH

www.hoghtontower.co.uk

GLASGOW CLYDE AUDITORIUM

SUNDAY 3 JULY 2016

Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Box Office: 0844 395 4000

Glasgow, G3 8YW

www.secc.co.uk

 

BRISTOL COLSTON HALL

TUESDAY 5 JULY 2016

Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

24 Hour Venue Box Office: 0844 887 1500

Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR
www.colstonhall.org

 

LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL
THURSDAY 7 JULY 2016
with special guest
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk/book-tickets

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9NN
www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk 

 

NEWARK CASTLE RIVERSIDE PARK
FRIDAY 8 JULY 2016

with special guest
Joanne Shaw Taylor

Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444

Venue Box Office: 01636 655 765

Newark Castle, Riverside Park, Tolney Lane,
Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ

www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle

Natalie Conway
Absolute Rock demon hiding under the guise of respectable Mummy / PR. When I'm not playing air guitar whilst cleaning with my two toddlers, I tend to be working in Rock / Metal PR. I've recently discovered the love of interviewing and it's something I'm determined to get better at!

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