What a great night in New York City. Spring is here, the weather is warm. And Joe Bonamassa, one of the best guitar players in the world is about to take the stage for a three night run, at New York’s famous Beacon Theater. The Beacon, which Joe has played twice previously, is home to one of his live recordings. Tonight, however, marks another milestone in Joe’s career as he invited friend and special guest Warren Haynes (Allman Brothers, Go’vt Mule) to the stage to play several songs. Together Joe and Warren started off with a great cover of Crossroads, which then went into one of the songs from Joe’s first studio album, A New Day Yesterday. Warren did a spectacular job on the lead vocals for If Heartaches Were Nickels. To top the night off, the duo played Look Over Yonder’s Wall. An absolute stellar, I mean stellar performance by Joe and Warren. Joe also played great throughout the night in his normal set, which included several of my favorites The Ballad of John Henry and Just Got Paid. Two nights remain at the Beacon Theater and quite frankly, I can’t wait to see what they have in store.
Joe Bonamassa took the stage just several hours ago at the legendary Heineken Music Hall in Amsterdam. He introduced the band, which includes Arlan Schierbaum on keyboards. Time to announce the special guest, the monster vocalist behind Joe’s You & Me hit, “Tea For One”, Doug Henthorn! Joe also announced that Doug Henthorn will ride out the rest of the tour with him! A true gem indeed, as catching Joe playing this song is equivalent to winning the lottery on many levels. Folks who will be seeing Joe on this tour can definitely consider themselves to be very lucky!
Our friends are Guitar Center, are holding another one of their awesome, amazing contests. This time, the prize is one a kind. There has never been another contest of this caliber that offers this type of prize. You may ask, how good can it be? Well it is just that damn good.. Check out the press release from Guitar Center.
Guitar Center’s Blues Masters, through its unique partnership with Joe Bonamassa, will not only offer ten musicians the chance to perform in Los Angeles backed by Bonamassa’s band, but will also provide one undiscovered blues guitarist with career-altering opportunities for development and exposure under the mentorship of one of the biggest names in blues rock. The grand prize includes an opening slot at Joe Bonamassa’s headlining show in Los Angeles this fall, $10,000 cash, gear from Gibson, Ernie Ball , Marshall Amplification and Dunlop as well as a mentor session in studio with Joe Bonamassa and producer Kevin Shirley , who has worked with the likes of Journey, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden and more.
“I am proud to be part of a program created to help foster the careers of emerging musicians who are so passionate about the blues,” said Joe Bonamassa. “It’s exciting to use my experience to help up-and-coming artists finesse their skills, all while connecting a new generation of fans and musicians with the wonder that is The Blues.”
How to Enter: Beginning in February through April 30th aspiring blues guitarists from across the United States are invited to submit their best lead guitar performance to one of the ten official Joe Bonamassa tracks supplied at www.guitarcenter.com/bluesmasters. Submissions will be ranked through Guitar Center’s technology partner Yoov.io, a leading social television platform that syndicates and measures content engagement throughout web. All artists who enter will be ranked based on their online fan growth during the first round. In the second round, the top-ranked artists will be reviewed personally by Joe Bonamassa who will handpick 10 finalists to perform live with Joe’s band in Los Angeles. Based on these live performances, one winner will be chosen to open for Joe Bonamassa himself in Los Angeles. Additionally, the grand prize winner will receive cash, gear, studio time and a mentor session with Joe Bonamassa. All entrants to Guitar Center’s Blues Masters must be 18 years of age or older. For official rules please visit: www.guitarcenter.com/bluesmasters.
Guitar Center’s Blues Masters Winner Will Receive:
Opening performance at Joe Bonamassa’s Los Angeles Headlining date
Gear from top music manufactures including Gibson, Ernie Ball , Marshall Amplification and Dunlop
A 4 song EP produced by Joe Bonamassa and Kevin Shirley
A career consultation and mentor session with Joe Bonamassa
Feature in Guitar Player magazine
“We’re excited to launch a new Guitar Center program that puts the necessary tools and opportunities into the hands of musicians to help them attain recognition for their skills,” said Maria Brown , Manager of Music and Entertainment Marketing for Guitar Center. “Guitar Center and Joe Bonamassa have an incredible relationship, partnering on many projects thanks to his extraordinary talent, collaborative spirit and commitment to blues music education, we are confident that this program will once again shed light on the multitude of undiscovered talent that exists within the thriving Blues music community.”
As the world’s largest retailer of musical instruments, Guitar Center is dedicated to supporting the global music community and providing musicians with opportunities to get their music heard. Guitar Center’s commitment to unsigned artists runs deep with a full calendar year of diverse programs aimed to enable musicians by providing the opportunity and exposure they need to be successful. No other retailer is developing platforms for their customers like Guitar Center.
Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart are back in the studio. Joining them in the studio is Blondie Chaplin (Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, The Band). So far they’ve been in the studio for two days. Joe and Beth’s first album titled “Don’t Explain” was released September 2011. Blondie Chaplin has recorded previously with Joe Bonamassa, most recently on Joe’s latest album “Driving Towards The Daylight“. Keep you’re eyes opened for Joe Bonamassa and Beth Hart’s new studio album, due for release late Spring 2013.
Joe is featured a recent newsletter from Gibson, where they review his work and some of his most notable musical instruments. Those instruments include Joe’s 1959 Les Paul, 1981 Flying V, and his Bona-Byrd. According to Gibson, Bonamassa is the most successful blues musician over the past decade. Hard work does pay off my friends!
It is probably fair to say that Joe Bonamassa is the most successful blues guitarist of the past decade if you look at things such as tour attendance and album sales. But when you think about what Bonamassa has accomplished in the 12 years since his first release, A New Day Yesterday, it becomes apparent that there is a lot of hard work behind the success. To break it down, Joe has released 10 solo albums in the past 12 years, 4 live CDs, 3 live DVDs, and 2 albums with Black Country Communion (there’s a third album on the way). What other active musician can top that?
Joe is also an avid guitar collector and in 2007 said he owned “a couple hundred” guitars. One can only imagine that the collection has grown since. Recently he tweeted “Sometimes as a guitar collector you buy guitars from people looking to see it passed to a good home.” Here are some of the Gibson guitars in Joe’s collection that he has talked about in interviews or has been seen playing on stage over the years.
For the full scoop and the rest of the article, check it out on Gibson.com.
Joe Bonamassa’s Beacon Theatre show was on released earlier this year on DVD. The CD was not released at that time, following other DVD’s from Joe, like the Royal Albert Hall, the CD normally comes out the following year. According to allmusic.com, they list Beacon Theatre: Live From New York, in Joe’s discography with a 2012 date. Not only do they list the CD, but they also list the LP. The exact date is not shown, but his European record label, Provogue is.
When the release date is announced we will let you know and stay tuned for the official preorder details and packages!
Joe Bonamassa is on Classic Rock’s Deep Purple Tribute CD, titled Re-Machined A Tribute to Deep Purple’s Machine Head. The album will contain all new recordings of the bands 1972 album. Featuring performances by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Chickenfoot, Black Label Society, Steve Vai and yours truly Joe Bonamassa. Joe plays with Jimmy Barnes. Jimmy was featured on Joe’s new studio record, Driving Towards The Daylight. Joe Bonamassa and Jimmy Barnes perform Deep Purple’s “Lazy”. Black Country Communion bandmate Glenn Hughes is also featured on several tracks. You’ll also find an interview with Joe Bonamassa and one of the last ever interviews with Jon Lord.
1. Smoke On The Water – Carlos Santana / Jacoby Shaddix 2. Highway Star – Chickenfoot 3. Maybe I’m A Leo – Glenn Hughes / Chad Smith 4. Pictures of Home – Black Label Society 5. Never Before – Kings of Chaos 6. Smoke On The Water – The Flaming Lips 7. Lazy – Jimmy Barnes with Joe Bonamassa 8. Space Truckin’ – Iron Maiden 9. When A Blind Man Cries – Metallica
Joe will be on the Mark and Brian (95.5FM KLOS) show tomorrow morning, July 27th. He will be on the show around 8:30AM PST. Not in the Los Angeles area? You can tune in via this link, click on the big orange button that says “Listen“. He will be playing “No Apparent Reason”, which is a trivia game that they play daily. Not sure if Joe will be in studio to play a short set or he will be live via phone. Either way, you don’t want to miss it!
Joe Bonamassa will be a special guest at Seymour Duncan’s 2nd Annual Benefit Concert held on August 30th. The concert supports Notes For Notes charity, who provides youth with free access to musical instruments, instruction and music making environments. The event held at the Lobero Theater in Santa Barbara, CA will also feature Los Lobos. Reserved seating tickets start at $65 and VIP tickets start at $125. VIP tickets also include access to the VIP reception and silent auction, featuring guitars and much more. Tickets will go on sale this Saturday, July 21st. More information can be found here.
Joe’s next DVD, which is being filmed today on his acoustic tour, will not be the next DVD to be released. According to Amazon.com and other websites, a new Joe Bonamassa DVD titled “Joe Bonamassa: Lead Guitar Unlimited” will be released. The Lead Guitar DVD if released, should be an instructional DVD. The product description from Amazon states “Youngster Joe Bonamassa sits down for his first Hot Licks DVD release and hammers out the details of playing lead guitar with style and flair. Mimicking the styles of greats such as Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck, Bonamassa shows how the solo is an important part of music, and how if it’s not done right, it can ruin any good song.” We do know that Joe released a Hot Licks VHS during the Bloodline era. This could be a possible DVD version of that VHS or a completely new DVD. That’s up for conversation, but next week we should know. Scheduled release date is July 10th.