Joe Bonamassa Vintage Extravaganza Enthralls Colston Hall
Tonight, Colston Hall was hot, excited and very full. Joe Bonamassa fans and many more who remember the heyday of the British Blues Explosion all wanted to hear his interpretation. The stage was set, with banks of lights and spot lights ready to pick out the guitarist everyone wanted hear. Tonight Jeff Beck was interspersed with Clapton, Mayall and Zeppelin topped off with a helping of Cream. Why these, tonight was Joe’s tribute to his guitar idols, he was celebrating the story of the electric guitar as interpreted mid 20th Century. This was his project and the music worked both with his vocals and the mix of growling, purring and strings that pinged with raw energy. Opening with a modernised version of the great instrumental Beck’s Bolero with a dollop of Rice Pudding; good old British R n’ B at its very best. We are most definitely going to be on one helluva celebration of the Best of British of the 1960’s and ‘70’s tonight. The tone of the guitars Joe decided to demonstrate tonight was deep and spot-on from the first to the last note. The only thing missing tonight from the stage on the Led Zeppelin numbers was Robert Plant, but that said the interpretations were superb. The whole band was enjoying the homage to many an inspiration for aspiring guitar players. Joe Bonamassa may have been in the spot light but the band played a major part and added a deep blazing fire to the evening’s music.
High above the stage sat Anton Fig, his drum playing was a mix of power and subtlety, big hitting and gently gentle tones from the cymbals. The interplay between bassist Michael Rhodes and Joe shaped the tone and opened a pathway to another stinging Joe solo. The sound from acoustic piano and Hammond B3 ensured that Reese Wynans was never going to go unnoticed and then the additional guitar/keys sound from Russ Irwin was the added extra of tone and texture that was rocking Colston Hall.
The music was hot the energy and delight of the 60’s was back alive and kicking up he Blues dust of memories in Bristol tonight. Tonight was more than a tribute it was an exciting exploration of every note, beat and texture that is the epitome of the British Blues of 1960’s. Every track was magical, Spanish Boots had the band reduced to a trio really stood out. The sound was full and power-driven, emotionally charged passion for the electric six-strings and a fretboard for Joe’s fingers to manipulate. This is everything that a power trio should be. His rendition of Motherless Children held the 1700 present in the hall spellbound and the unpronounceable Cream track SWLABR was a delight. Who can resist cream flowing over the sweetest of guitars tonight?
I just wish we were standing as this was not music to sit to, as the show drew to the last three numbers Joe, simply signed for the crowded auditorium to stand. We did and then the music became even more scintillating and the energy rose to another level. Closing with Zeppelin’s How Many More Times. The response from the audience if asked, play it all again we want to hear Joe Bonamassa and the guitar that bends to his will.
After exploring the British Explosion with an extravaganza of stunning solos we were in Joe’s words rewarded with his cover of Tim Curry’s, Sloe Gin that he has made his own.
The re-interpretation of the Blues has travelled the reverse way across the Atlantic with Joe Bonamassa. Tonight, it took an American artist to remind many and acquaint others, on the full glories of the technicolour sound of the British Blues Invasion of the 1960’s.
Becks Bolero/Rice Pudding
Boogie With Stu
Let Me Love You Baby
Double Crossing Time
Tea for One/Can’t Quit You Baby
How Many More Times
Encore – Sloe Gin
TWO SHOWS REMAINING
With two shows left in the U.K. there is no need to miss the Extravaganza of Joe Bonamassa’s celebration of the 1960’s British Blues Explosion
THURSDAY 7th JULY 2016 LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL – 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
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Joanne Shaw Taylor, will open for him at these shows of his British Blues Explosion concerts.