One can't help but be happy for Joe Bonamassa when listening to him tell his story during the Live from Royal Albert Hall interview. "I don't know what that is, but it's really cool," he recalls saying about his experience at age 4, while watching Eric Clapton play guitar on Cream's Farewell Concert. Undoubtedly, in that one moment, his life changed forever. He's had a guitar in his hand for over 30 years, doing what he loves to do best: Keeping the blues alive.
Bonamassa has said of his latest musical adventure, "It's a departure from anything I've done before." So much so, the British blues enthuisiast switched out his beloved '59 Gibson Les Paul for 12 acoustic models.
"An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House" features a brand new band for this special recording. With each listen, I'm drawn evermore to the ballad "Around the Bend," wherein Joe's vocals have never sounded more tender and emotive. "I've paid what I had to pay, to play what I had to play."
The concert was filmed on July 3, 2012 and is available in BluRay, 2 disc DVD and CD format. My full album review can be accessed via this link.
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Yours in music,