Joe Bonamassa Gives New York an Electric Saturday Night at the Beacon Theatre
Joe Bonamassa wraps his 3 night residency at New York’s Beacon Theatre with a night filled with electrifying solos and heavy blues rock hits.
Bonamassa is currently on tour in support of his latest album Blues of Desperation and Saturday night the guitarist finished a third sold out show at the Beacon Theatre. Bonamassa took to the stage cooler than ever with his signature sunglasses and suit combo. The guitarist launches into three tracks from the new album, “This Train”, “Mountain Climbing”, “Blues of Desperation”. By the first three songs fans were treated to hard rocking solos that filled the historic theatre. Bonamassa also treated his fans to views of his beautiful Gibson guitar models with his signature along the rosewood fretboards of his Les Paul and signature Firebird.
Bonamassa then launches into a slow blues with his track “How Deep This River Runs” and the crowd cheers him on during his electrifying solo. Bonamassa perfects the art of the guitar solo. He never misses a note and with every pick of the string the note rings out with a force to transport you into the music. The guitarist then pays tribute to blues icon Albert King with covers “Angel of Mercy”, “Breaking Up Somebody’s Home”, and “I Get Evil”. Bonamassa brings his own signature blend of hard rock and blues to classic Chicago blues songs which allow them to almost sound like songs of his own instead of getting wrapped up in cheesy blues licks like most guitarists do nowadays.
Backed by an awesome group of musicians which include former Double Trouble pianist Reese Wynan, former David Letterman drummer Anton Fig, and bassist Michael Rhodes (Faith Hill, The Dixie Chicks), Bonamassa’s band has never sounded tighter. Each musician takes their solos within the song never leaving the crowd bored or only focusing on Joe. Bonamassa recognizes his luck with being backed by such musicians by giving them their own solos. Fig takes his own solo during the middle of the night that shakes the floor with the pounding of his drums as Joe stands off to the side and looks on in awe.
After band introductions, the band goes into “Slow Train” from Bonamassa’s 2011 album Dust Bowl. “I started this song in the wrong key the other night and never got over it” states Bonamassa before tearing up the neck of his Fender Telecaster. The guitarist is a gifted musician in not only having some the best guitar skills but also having a soulful voice. Bonamassa’s voice doesn’t break any new ground but what it does is compliment the music and playing like cookies and milk.
The guitarist then treats the crowd to a cover of the Led Zeppelin deep cut “Boogie with Stu”. During the middle of the song, Bonamassa gives Reese his own solo in which the crowd goes wild. The focus then shifts to saxophonist Paulie Cerra for soulful solo while Joe keeps the rhythm going with Rhodes. After the sax solo, Bonamassa takes his own that would impress Jimmy Page. Bonamassa then goes into his own songs “Driving Towards the Daylight” and “Last Kiss” and closes the night with another Led Zeppelin track “How Many More Times” and the B. B. King classic “Hummingbird”.
Joe Bonamassa is guitar tour de force. His firey guitar solos, soulful voice, and impressive backing band make him a live act you do not want to miss. Bonamassa brings a heavier rock side to the blues which sets him apart from the other dime a dozen acts out on the scene today. It’s a music event that you do not want to miss out on.