I must admit, I am not really familiar with Joe Bonamassa’s material. However, based on what I’ve seen so far, he’s an exceptional guitarist. I should probably educate myself a bit more in the near future and actually get a couple of his albums. I obviously know that he was considered a blues guitar prodigy, had opened for B.B. King when he was only 12 years old and later on shared the stage with Eric Clapton. But that’s about it.
Anyway, over the weekend, Bonamassa entertained the audience at the Greek Theatre by paying tribute to what we in the guitar world refer to as “The Three Kings”, namely B.B. King, Freddie King and Albert King. The set-list included classics such as “Cadillac Assembly Line”, “Born Under A Bad Sign”, “I’m going down” and the almighty “The Thrill Is Gone”.
Interesting anecdote: apparently, given the significance of the event, Bonamassa was able to secure a custom-made guitar formerly owned by Albert Kind and now in the possession of actor Steven Seagal. Of course, only on a temporary basis, as far as we know.
Anyway, the concert got glowing reviews. Prior to the gig, Bonamassa explained in an interview that the idea for The Three Kings tour came when he played a tribute show to Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters last summer. He went on stating that his only regret was that B.B. King was not alive to see everything. As you probably know, B.B. King had passed earlier this year.
Well, as I said, time for me to get my hands on some Joe Bonamassa material. Any recommendations to start with?