Blues-rock guitar legend Joe Bonamassa is coming to Melbourne for one night only.
Blues is one of the defining genres of the twentieth century, and sadly opportunities to see blues mastery are slowly becoming fewer and further between.
Bonamassa was shaped by blues, having started his reputation at a young age. Growing up in New Hartford, New York, at just twelve years old Bonamassa managed to open for none other than B.B. King at one of his shows.
Since then, his career has cemented its self into legend status with a resume that boasts over 30 albums, 21 of which reaching number 1 on the Billboard blues charts, two Grammy nominations, and collaborations with Beth Hart, Black Country Communion and Rock Candy Funk Party to name a few.
Last year Joe Bonamassa’s 21st Billboard Blues chart-topping album, Redemption was released, and even more recently, Joe showed off his producing chops on Reese Wynans & Friends’ Sweet Release album, Reese’s first solo album in his 50-year career which the critics hail as ‘Electrifying’, ‘extraordinary’ and ‘classic.’
He’s been featured in a plethora of publications from Esquire and Parade to Rolling Stone and American Songwriter, as well as on the covers of Guitar Player, Vintage Guitar, Guitarist and Classic Rock Magazine.
Now, it’s time for him to return to Australia for a headlining tour, for the first time since 2016.
Starting in September, he’ll be making his way down the east coast backed by a stellar band of legendary musicians including Late Night with David Letterman’s Anton Fig (drums), Nashville recording legend Michael Rhodes (bass), Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble member, Reese Wynans (piano/ organ), Paulie Cerra (sax) and Lee Thornburg(trumpet). The band also features our very own Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins on backing vocals bringing a whole new life to the show which will feature brand new songs alongside career-spanning favourites.
“I am really looking forward to coming back to play for the fans in Australia who have always supported me,” explains Joe. “They are amazing!”
He’ll perform on Monday September 23 at Palais Theatre, Melbourne. Tickets via jbonamassa.com/
Written by Liam McNally