Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining Brighton

Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining Brighton

Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining Brighton with Royal Tea special guest Bernie Marsden making the night very special worth waiting four years
Brighton Centre, 23rd April 2022 an appendix to Liz’s review of the previous night in Cardiff
Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton

Nearly four years after last seeing Joe, it was wonderful to be part of a full house at the Brighton Centre. Entering the stage to the strains of Welcome Back Stokker,(apparently the theme tune from an American sitcom), could not have been more appropriate. Having released two studio and one live album in the lockdown period, most of tonight’s setlist, unsurprisingly came from them (Royal Tea studio/live and Time Clocks).

There has been a bit of a re-shuffle bandwise, gone is the brass section. Joining Joe Bonamassa tonight on stage, Steve Mackey is now on bass, veteran drummer Greg Morrow stalwart, the loveable, loyal, Reese Wynans on keyboards and cohort Josh Smith on rhythm guitar. The latter is heavily involved with production duties on Joe’s Keep The Blues Alive label. Finally, dotting the i’s and cross the t’s two Australian girls, Jade Macrae and Dani De Andrea are brilliant on backing vocals.

At 8 pm on the dot, it’s straight into Evil Mama, the topical Dust Bowl and Love Ain’t A Love Song. Then came perhaps a very poignant moment for Brightonians in the audience, Joe’s take on the classic Gary Moore’s Midnight Blues. I say that because Gary would often turn up at local pubs and jam. I wonder if Joe knows that following Gary’s sudden death in 2011, he is buried in the village of Rottingdean, fifteen minutes east of tonight’s venue? Perhaps Gary was joining in?
One guitarist who did join in was English blues-rock veteran, Bernie Marsden. Having contributed big time to the Royal Tea album, either by co-writing or playing, he joined the party to great applause for A Conversation With Alice…….wonderful, three of the greatest guitarists on the stage traded riffs much to our delight! We then had Ballad Of John Henry, before the encore of Mountain Time. So ended a great evening, thank you, Joe, and come back soon!

  • Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton
  • Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton
  • Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton
  • Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton
  • Joe Bonamassa is back at last entertaining  Brighton

Bluesdoodles album reviews can be found here:
Royal Tea Studio

Royal Tea Live

Time Clocks

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