RiverCenter for the Performing Arts - Bill Heard Theatre - Columbus, GA
Guitar mastermind and singer Joe Bonamassa has been working his magic on the guitar for years now. He is known as one of the greatest guitar players and a charismatic blues-rock star. The maestro of blues has commanded ticket sales for years now, ever since he opened for B.B. King at the tender age of 12. Since then, he’s put out 15 albums all in the last 13 years, and shows no signs of stopping. If you’re a real die hard music fan, then Joe Bonamassa is your guy and Joe Bonamassa tickets are a must have.
Bonamassa’s prodigious talent was discovered at an early age when he began playing guitar at the age of four. His father was a music fan himself and seeing his son’s interest in music, he offered him his full support and encouraged him every step of the way. He made sure that Bonamassa was introduced to the music of the legends that could help inspire him. Bonamassa was introduced to Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck and their music left an impact on his impressionable mind. The young boy had now started dreaming about playing similar music and embarked on a journey that was to take him places.
A Child Prodigy
At the age of eleven he had Danny Gatton as his mentor, who helped him polish his guitar playing skills. Soon Bonamassa formed his own band by the name Smokin' Joe Bonamassa and he was only 12 years old at the time. Since he had school as well, he played only on weekends in different cities. At this time, Bonamassa got the honor to play with one of the greatest blues players of all time, B.B. King. This was one of the biggest achievements for the 12-year old. It got him the attention of many and he began to open for renowned names of the music industry, such as Buddy Guy, George Thorogood, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Gregg Allman, Joe Cocker and more. Even before he was 18, he had already opened shows for B.B. King, something that became the envy of many. He hooked up with the hard-core blues-rock band named Bloodline and released a self-titled album. The band did not make any major breakthrough, but Joe nonetheless got attention for his guitar chops.
Breaking in the World of Blues Rock
While Bonamassa was with Bloodline, he also focused on making his own music. It was in 2000 that he released his debut studio album. The album titled A New Day Yesterday was produced by Tom Dowad. The album had more of a rock tilt, which the fans loved. Only 23 years of age, Bonamassa had hit a chord with his fans with this album. The album made it to number 9 on the Billboard Blues Chart. To support his solo effort, he went on the road with drummer Kenny Kramme and Bassist Eric Czar.
After introducing himself to the music industry, the guitar mastermind saw his music career pick up momentum as he released more studio albums that went straight to number 1 on the Billboard Blues. Within no time he was a known name in the US, commanding a huge fan base and performing sold out shows.
In 2007, Bonamassa released Sloe Gin, his seventh studio album, which received great reviews and climbed UK album charts. With this, Bonamassa had become an international star.
As more achievements came his way, Bonamassa also saw some of his dreams come true. One of those was that of playing with Eric Clapton. He did so in 2009, when he got the opportunity to play a duet with him at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards gave Bonamassa the “Breakthrough Artist of the Year” Award in 2009. The same year, the Guitar Player Magazine honored Bonamassa with an award in the category for “Best Blues Guitarist “and in 2011 Guitar International named him "Guitarist of the Year." He is ranked at number 48 in Guitar World's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, and at No.1 on Billboard's Blues Artist of 2010.
The Live Experience
What you’re getting at one of his shows is an expert, virtuoso demonstration of truly excellent guitar playing, soul and blues music on perfect display. He leaves it all on the stage in his two hour sets, packed with shredding guitar solos and soulful singing. Joe Bonamassa may occasionally betray a touch of exhaustion, but who wouldn’t jumping around and jamming out for hours on end. Bonamassa prefers touring over studio recording. He doesn’t fret too much over how he is performing live. He just goes out and plays with all his heart and lets the music do the talking. According to him, if his music isn’t good enough the best thing about a live performance is that there is always tomorrow to do better. Joe Bonamassa could probably hold his own on stage with just his six string guitar but he often rounds out the sound with an 11-piece backup band. With all that music to play, Joe Bonamassa keeps his banter with the audience short and sweet. But that’s fine with them because they come for the music. Solos are all quite clearly improvised, but Joe Bonamassa and his band are so well rehearsed, you might never know it.
Joe Bonamassa Tour Tickets
The singer is known for his sold out and enigmatic performances. He remains on the road most of the year. 2017 is also shaping up to be quite busy for Bonamassa as he has many concerts lined up for his latest tour. He is currently on the road with the Fall N. American Tour 2017. So, if you have not had an opportunity to catch him live lately, then check for Joe Bonamassa tour tickets here for his upcoming concerts and enjoy the work of the blues legend live.