Joe Bonamassa Live @ Motorpoint, Cardiff 2015

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Motorpoint, Cardiff
27th October 2015




Tonight, Bluesdoodles is in the heart of Cardiff for Joe Bonamassa at The Motorpoint visiting the twelfth European country on his current world tour. Expectations were high as the 4000 strong audience sat on the edges of their seats waiting to hear the Bonamassa blues guitar. The stage was minimal no banners or movie backdrop it was a simple curtain and industrial steel with an array of lights. The lighting was skillfully used throughout the show from deep blue to shocking reds, mauves and turquoise the attention though was all about the guitar playing that needed no embellishment.Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0108l

The lights went dark and the announcement was an apology the show you were expecting tonight One Direction is cancelled… so in their place we bring Joe Bonamassa the Welsh audience always loud took the roof off before a note was played. Tuesday night and the guitar fireworks were ready to go off in the arena the capital city was alive with the sound of Joe B! and his extraordinary band creating a sound full of textures and every shade of blue weaved through the melodies.

The band is so very special and throughout the night they had moments in the spotlight and at other times gave the perfect tonal backdrop for the cascading licks, riffs and the space for Joe to find room for the vocals on the songs, some familiar and others we heard live for the first time including Love Ain’t A Love Song, the superb track from his current live album, Live At Radio City Music Hall, having first been aired on Different Shades of Blue; it is always special hearing the music live as it develops an energy all of its own.

Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0030lTonight we had a horn section that was brash and mellow; sharp and smooth Lee Thornberg, trumpet, and Paulie Cerra on saxophone a rhythm section that set the backline afire with inspired and powerful drumming from Anton Fig – what a sound he developed built up and quietened down creating a torrent of beats for the band to explore. The second half setting down the rhythm is bassist, Micheal Rhodes whose deep full sound was wonderful and on Organ, keys and grand piano Reese Wynans pulled out the stops, tinkled the ivories to create chords that swelled and moved across the auditorium. Then out front stage centre, stage left, stage right and up close to the other musicians was the guitar maestro himself Joe Bonamassa.

Joe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0042lThe music rocked with influences of British rock guitarists from the 60’s and this combined with a thick and concentrated vast vein of blues creates a sound that is modern and rooted in the past and is instantly recognized as pure golden blues from the guitars of Joe Bonamassa. Tonight there was no acoustic it was electric courtesy of Fenders and Gibsons. Every song had a special place in the set that worked and delighted the Cardiff crowds, including his memories of playing at a much smaller and now sadly no more venue The Point and his quip he was paying the horn section with the local ale from Brains Brewery. Joe noted that the Welsh were a raucous crowd and that just made them louder. A spectacular light show added another layer of drama to the opening for the number Hey Baby. The sublime Trumpet solo entranced invoking a sound from big bands back to a sleazy 1920’s Speakeasy, Happier Times also had booming drumming and guitar work that flowed and shone with the six strings vibrating with an energy that lit the hall – who needs lights! Followed by Trouble Town and delicious slide the sound was spellbinding.

The crowds were delighted with a double helping of Joe B favourites, Sloe Gin tonight more considered, slower with a sorrowful tinge and the Ballad of John Henry which tells such a story and the fretwork was on fire and full of the heat and determination just as John Henry must have shown winning the wager.

All toJoe Bonamassa - Motorpoint - Oct 2015_0315lo soon it was the end but, we had and encore All Aboard with the feel of journeys railways and upbeat, tonight Cardiff was entranced, delighted and on fire after over two hours of guitar playing this is truly fretboard manipulation of breathtaking proportions.

There was a relaxed energy from Joe tonight the best I have ever seen him in an arena environment I have come late to the party but tonight live in Cardiff I was converted to Joe Bonamassa and his guitar show.

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See See Baby
Never Make Your Too Soon
Angel of Mercy
Hey Baby
Oh Beautiful
Happier Times
Trouble Town
Going Down
Gave Up Everything
Double Trouble
Breaking Up Someone’s Home
Love Ain’t A Love Song
Sloe Gin
Ballad of John Henry

All Aboard

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Joe Bonamassa Live in the UK Autumn 2015



Guitar legend Joe Bonamassa fulfils a promise that he made 10 years ago and performs a special UK concert, celebrating the 10 year anniversary of his first ever UK show. On November 1st 2015, Joe will play Mr. Kyps in Poole, the same venue where he played his first ever UK concert back in 2005. Why you may ask…

In 2005, venue owner Mark Kyprianou (Kyp) was approached to host Joe’s first ever UK concert, As Joe was an unknown, the concert was a slow seller. In a final push, Kyp decided to offer free entry and refunds to those few who had originally paid the £10 ticket. Only around 100 people attended the concert, but those who were there were stunned by Joe’s dynamic and virtuosic playing. Today, 10 years later, Joe is playing concert arenas around the globe!

Kyp and Joe formed a lasting relationship over the years. Says Kyp, “I’m very excited to host this one of a kind concert. No major artist at the level Joe is would do this for his or her fans. Joe made me a promise he would return, and is a man of his word!”

So go and hear the unknown at your local venue they could be destined to be an international arena act….

Now UK fans can apply for tickets to this special free concert from this dedicated web link – HERE.

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Legendary blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa is proud to announce that he has been nominated for “Album Of The Year” for “Different Shades Of Blue” and “Film Of The Year” for “Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks” at the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Awards 2015.

The awards ceremony takes place on November 11th at London’s prestigious Roundhouse venue.

Cast your VOTE  for Different Shade Of Blue as “Album Of The Year” HERE

Cast Your Vote for Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks as “Film Of The Year” HERE

Joe Bonamassa Live in the UK Autumn 2015
Photo Credit: Christie Goodwin


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Joe Bonamassa UK tour 2015

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Following the recent announcement of Joe Bonamassa’s live DVD, Blu-ray and album, Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, and his critically acclaimed 2013 studio album Different Shades of Blue, the internationally renowned guitarist embarks on 7-date UK arena tour during October 2015.


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Sunday 25th October 2015 – Ticket Prices: £45, £60, £75
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Tuesday 27th October 2015 – Tickets: £35, £45, £60, £75
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Wednesday 28th October 2015 – Ticket Prices: £35, £45, £65, £75
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Saturday 31st October 2015 – Ticket Prices: £35, £45, £60, £75
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Joe Bonamassa – Get Back My Tomorrow – single

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Get Back My Tomorrow
Mascot Label Group/Provogue Records

Joe definitely has the blues on this single released prior to his long-awaited album Different Shades Of Blue release Date 22nd September.JB-DSOB

If this single reflects the tone and texture of the album he will be winning some new fans. On Get My Tomorrow you have over four and half minutes of guitar playing that tugs at your blues soul and words that send vocal tingle up and down your spine. This is a single full of confidence from the interesting intro keyboard and guitar lick that reminds you of something lost that you can’t quite touch. Then the vocals that are engaging and full of heartfelt emotions and anguish that is the bedrock of the blues and the vocals are strong and true as if Joe believes in what he is singing and playing. Joe may sing ‘It’s a bitter pill to swallow, can you taste the pain and sorrow’ but the listening experience is pure delight with the bending and blending of chords, licks and teasing little riffs of joy.

Bluesdoodles gives this SINGLE SEVEN doodle paws out of TEN ….pawprint half inch looking forward to hearing and reviewing the whole album Different Shades Of Blues when released on 22nd September! Click album title for link to Bluesdoodles album review – Different Shades Of Blues

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