Joe Bonamassa Rocks The Royal Albert Hall, London — April 4, 2024 | Live Review

Published 3 months ago on April 8, 2024

By Jonathan Graham

Joe Bonamassa Rocks The Royal Albert Hall, London — April 4, 2024 | Live Review

Two decades on from the smoky confines of south London's The Boom Boom Club to the majestic stage of the Royal Albert Hall (for the 11th time!) — Joe Bonamassa's journey through the blues guitar has been nothing short of legendary.

Image credit @ Simon Green
Image credit @ Simon Green

Let's rewind the tape to where it all began — a nondescript night at Sutton's The Boom Boom Club, where a young Bonamassa strutted onto the stage, his guitar slung low, and proceeded to blow everyone's minds with his soulful tunes. Fast forward to the present, and Bonamassa isn't just filling venues, he's owning them, with the Royal Albert Hall becoming his bluesy kingdom for the night.

Image credit @ Simon Green
Image credit @ Simon Green

Picture this: the stage bathed in a warm, golden glow, the air electric with anticipation, and then, right on cue, Joe and his band burst into action with "Hope You Realize It (Goodbye Again)". That's how you kick off a show, folks! And with tracks like "Twenty-Four Hour Blues" and "Well, I Done Got Over It", Bonamassa proves he's not just a guitar virtuoso but a master storyteller, weaving tales of love, loss, and everything in between.
But let's not forget the real heroes of the night – Joe's bandmates. With Josh Smith shredding on guitar, Lamar Carter laying down the beat, and Reese Wynans tickling the ivories, this crew is tighter than a pair of skinny jeans on a rockstar. And those backing vocalists? They're not just harmonizing; they're elevating every note to new heights.

As the night unfolds, Joe treats us to classics like "The Last Matador of Bayonne" and "Lazy Poker Blues", each solo more soul-stirring than the last. And just when you think it can't get any better, he throws in a cover of ZZ Top's "Just Got Paid", complete with a thunderous drum solo from Lamar that'll have you questioning whether he's human or some kind of drumming deity.

But it's not all about the classics tonight. Joe also gives us a taste of his latest masterpiece, "Blues Deluxe Vol 2". With tracks like "I Want To Shout About It" and "Self-Inflicted Wounds", it's clear that Joe is at the top of his game, effortlessly blending old-school blues with a modern twist.
Of course, no Joe Bonamassa show would be complete without an encore, and tonight's no exception. With "Sloe Gin" and "Crossroads" sending shivers down our spines, we're left wondering how we'll ever come down from this blues-induced high.

So, as we spill out of the Royal Albert Hall, still on a high from the blues masterclass just witnessed, one thing's for sure — Joe Bonamassa isn't just a musician; he's a force of nature that's rare in today's music scene. And whether he's playing to a crowd of thousands or a lucky few in a dimly lit club, one thing's for certain — he'll always leave us wanting more. So here's to Joe, the bluesman extraordinaire.

For more info on Joe Bonamassa and his upcoming tour dates, head to https://jbonamassa.com/tour-dates/




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