Wow, my ears are still ringing! Joe Bonamassa live at the Armadillo Glasgow last night. What a concert, the guy is an amazing player and what a collection of guitars too.
He brings on a different vintage guitar for every song. An SG, then a 335, a Strat, a Tele, a Les Paul, ……amazing.
He had a fantastic band with him too, each famous in their own right.
A terrific night only slightly marred by people who fiddle with their phones and video everything and others who drink 6 pints before and during the concert and are up and down going to the toilet throughout the whole thing. I must be getting old and grumpy.
Sounds like a great night, Gordon. I listen to B.B, King’s Bluesville on SiriusXM a lot. Joe B has a show he does called 50 Shades of Blue where he curates all the music and comments. He is an exceptional guitarist and quite the musical historian.
Nice to hear a good review of his show, I’ve got tickets to see him in August…very excited!
Cory Wong interviewed JoeB on his Wong Notes podcast and he’s really interesting, talked a lot about the business side of touring. Joe’s act is vertically integrated, they created their own management team to keep their tour revenue in-house.
Next week it’s The Jersey Boys Musical. A musical about the life and times of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Then nothing until September when it’s Don McLean and then James Taylor in October.
The Don McLean tickets have a story attached. My wife booked them and has only just realised she mistakenly bought VIP tickets. We get to meet him backstage and get a photo taken with him. Not what I’d have chosen to spend an extra £30 each on! But hey, life’s too short.
I’ve been to see that musical a couple of times. I thoroughly enjoyed it. You will definitely have a good night out. Just don’t sit to close to the stage. They like to spit when they are pronunciating.
Just looked that up Gordon. It looks to be a good size, not too big arena, for a concert such as JB.
I’m sure he and the whole ensemble put on a great show.
Oh boy, I share that grump 100%.
At The Waterboys concert last Autumn rows of seats were constantly having to stand & sit as people made their way sideways and out to go to the bar or toilet. Grrr. It was so blooming annoying.
Having to constantly stand and sit is blooming annoying I went to a Noel Gallagher concert ages ago at the O2 and it was even worse. There were a lot of people there with drinking problems, they kept missing their mouths and their pints were going everywhere.
Man, I bet that was a great show. Definitely one of my bucket list concerts.
Funny story, there’s a TV show here in the US called “To Tell The Truth”. There are three panelists. One is the real deal and two are imposters. The real deal is “sworn to tell the truth” while the other two try to convince the judges (usually actors/actresses, etc.) they are the real deal. Anyway, the intro was “I am a Blues Guitarist who has played with the likes of BB King…”. As soon as they all sat down I knew right away it was Joe Bonamassa, in his gray hoodie and all. I told my wife - “Oh I know who that is” and she told me to hush. I couldn’t believe that none of the judges knew who he is. They all voted for one of the imposters. Once he stood up and said who he is, they brought out his guitar and man did he jam with that thing.
TonyP here, been a long time! Yes, I saw him at the Royal Albert Hall in May…brilliant. He did keep changing guitars for the first 6 or 7 songs. I thought he was going to have a different one for each song - I have heard he supposedly has a collection of about 400 guitars but no idea if that’s true or not but he does have an impressive collection nonetheless.