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Joe Bonamassa: British Blues Explosion Live

Joe Bonamassa | British Blues Explosion Live

(Photo: Christie Goodwin)

Almost two years have passed since Joe Bonamassa played Greenwich Music Time Festival. And yet, as the guitarist plays the opening notes of ‘Beck’s Bolero’, one’s immediately transported back to that warm summer night in July 2016 when, on the grounds of historic Old Naval College, Bonamassa paid his respects to the stars of the British blues explosion.

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Black Country Communion: This is your time

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Black Country Communion | Eventim Apollo | 4 January 2018

Black Country Communion, Glenn Hughes reminds a packed Eventim Apollo, began after he and guitarist Joe Bonamassa performed together at Los Angeles’ House of Blues back in 2009.

Enlisting drummer Jason Bonham and keyboard player Derek Sherinian, the quartet released three albums in as many years, until the wheels came off.

“One day I woke up and decided to be an asshole,” Bonamassa admits tonight during the band’s second live show since reforming. But as the quartet storm through a set drawn primarily from their first two self-titled LPs and last year’s seismic ‘BCCIV’, the hatchet seems well and truly buried.

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Black Country Communion: BCCIV

Black Country Communion | BCCIV

Black Country Communion’s comeback album begins with the sound of musicians tuning up. Someone counts them in and they launch into a riff that could only come from the home of Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and Judas Priest.

The message is clear: ‘BCCIV’ is the work of a real band, its four members playing with all the give and take that comes from performing live in a room together. But this is no ragged jam session put to tape. For all the natural spontaneity and raw power of the performances, it’s ultimately about the songs. And this time co-writers Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa have crafted the supergroup’s most consistently excellent collection of songs yet.

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Black Country Communion go fourth

Black Country Communion are playing two special UK shows in January 2018 to celebrate the release of their forthcoming new album ‘BCC IV’.

The supergroup featuring singer/bassist Glenn Hughes, singer/guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham, and keyboard player Derek Sherinian, play Wolverhampton Civic Hall on 2 January and London’s Hammersmith Apollo on 4 January – the only two concerts the band will play in the UK and Europe.

Planet Rock will run a 48-hour ticket pre-sale from 9 am on 2 August at www.planetrock.com. Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on 4 August at www.ticketmaster.co.uk and www.eventim.co.uk.

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Joe Bonamassa: Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

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Joe Bonamassa | Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening

If you’ve released as many live albums as Joe Bonamassa – 14 at last count – you can’t get away with recreating your biggest songs note for note to a room of cheering fans. That’s just a second-rate greatest hits album and/or a blatant cash-in. Bonamassa clearly knows that. So each of his concert recordings is different – whether it be the setlist, the backing musicians, the guitar solos, the arrangements, the historic venue, or the instrumentation. In the case of ‘Live At Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’ it’s all of the above.

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Joe Bonamassa: Don’t fly away

Joe Bonamassa | Royal Albert Hall | 20 April 2017

(Photo credit: Laurence Harvey)

Joe Bonamassa has no trouble selling out two successive nights at Royal Albert Hall. He could certainly afford giant video screens to show his flying fingers in extreme closeup. Or, at the very least, his name in lights.

But this man on the precipice of 40 is not that kind of performer. A class act who’s clearly paid attention to the finest detail, from the subtly monogrammed music stands to the backing singers’ perfectly synchronised sashaying, he’s intentionally created an environment that doesn’t distract from why everybody’s really here: the music.

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Glenn Hughes: Let it shine

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Glenn Hughes was in agony.

“I remember walking off stage at some point during my show in London last year and telling my assistant: ‘I don’t think I can finish the show’. I was sad, I was crying, I was actually in so much pain, but the audience was so amazing they just lifted me.”

It’s a testament to the then 64-year-old’s resilience that nobody noticed – but the mercurial performer knew he couldn’t continue to fight through the pain night after night. Confined to a wheelchair offstage, the only solution was to have both knees replaced – one in December 2015, the other in January – and undergo months of physical therapy. But not content with merely learning to walk again, Hughes also spent the recuperation period writing songs.

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