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JOE BONAMASSA PERTH CONCERT HALL 2014 LIVE REVIEW

JOE BONAMASSA PERTH CONCERT HALL 2014 LIVE REVIEW

joe BONAMASSA

WITH CLAUDE HAY

PERTH CONCERT HALL, PERTH WA, AUSTRALIA

SEPTEMBER 21 2014

Joe Bonamassa always delivers when he returns to these shores and tonight's split acoustic/electric set may just well be the best that we've seen from him so far...

Acoustic set

 

Woke Up Dreaming | Seagull (Bad Company cover) | Jelly Roll (Charles Mingus cover) | Black Lung Heartache | Happier Times | Jockey Full of Bourbon (Tom Waits cover) | Dislocated Boy | Ball Peen Hammer (Chris Whitley cover) | Athens to Athens

 

Electric set

 

Dust Bowl | Oh Beautiful! | Who's Been Talking (Howlin’ Wolf cover) | Blues Deluxe (Jeff Beck cover)
I Gave Up Everything for You, 'Cept the Blues | Love Ain't a Love Song | Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)
The Ballad of John Henry

 

Encore

 

Django | Mountain Time

At the end of a concert like this you can’t help but throw your hands in the air or beam enthusiastically at your friends and total strangers to give thanks for how great and uplifting music can be. Joe Bonamassa’s latest visit to Australia again brought something a little different to the mix ad ably supported by Australia’s own Claude Hay it was an evening that with stick in the mind all the way until the next time.


Opening the night’s entertainment to an already almost full house was the hugely talented Claude Hay who in a very short set managed to win over almost the complete Concert Hall, with a set of fiery blues-based numbers that stand up against any artist out there at the moment. This year Claude had co-headlined three lead-in dates around Perth and managed to mesmerise every audience and he did the same on the far bigger stage. If you are looking for some solid-gold, inventive and incendiary talent – look no further: Bonamassa couldn’t have had a better crowd-warmer.


Bonamassa’s set tonight is in two parts: the first purely acoustic and second with full band. One of the things I love most about the man is that he mixes it up each visit; and talking to him backstage it’s likely that next time he’ll bring the orchestral show – similar to the Shepherd’s Bush DVD, but that’s in the future…
Tonight it’s all about the music and the blues, and The Concert Hall as always provides a great sound and backdrop for a musician like Bonamassa. Tonight he is in full flight and the setlist is impeccable as always. The acoustic set sizzles quietly and the audience is incredibly attentive as Joe makes songs like Bad Co’s ‘Seagull’ and Mingus’ ‘Jelly Roll’ his own.  It’s perhaps though the Tom Wait’s cover ‘Jockey Full of Bourbon’ though that steals it for us.

With band on stage the electric set ups the ante and the temperature in the room for a romp through some of Joe’s better known fare. Starting out with the rapturous ‘Dust Bowl’ things never let up and the band is as tight as you’d expect allowing Joe to wail both vocally and with guitar. Everyone of course has their favourite moments and for me it’s still the mesmerising ‘Sloe Gin’ that brings the goose bumps and it rounds out the set followed by the huge riff of ‘Ballad of John Henry’ that leaves everyone going home happy.
Come back soon is all that is really left to say…

 

by The Rockpit September 2014

 

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