Joe Bonamassa at The Preston Guild Hall

Posted on 4 July 2016
By Chris High
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It’s true. Even the very best of performances can be improved on. In the space of just five short days – and two intervening shows – Joe Bonamassa: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion, following on from its opening gig at The Cavern in Liverpool at the start of the week is now tighter, smoother and even more spellbinding than it was even on that most memorable of nights.

Originally scheduled to take place in the picturesque grounds of Hoghton Tower near Preston, the tumult of rain that descended on the area within the week washed that particular event out.

Will Young had to be cancelled. The planned Sunday Symphony had to be cancelled. A great shame indeed, particularly given that all of these concerts were in aid of St Catherine’s Hospice. However, the show went on for Bonamassa and his exemplary band, as 3,000 packed into The Preston Guild Hall at tremendously short notice and witnessed a show of quite extraordinary excellence.

The set remained the same, but the way in which it was delivered was wholly different from Monday, with the vast bank of lights suspended overhead, the huge sound system that was pumped up to almost unprecedented volume and clarity levels and huge stage which gave all those on it room to prowl and express themselves more freely.

There was also the fact that, despite the size and scale of the show, there still remained an intimacy that tends to dilute at the bigger arena and festival shows, often times along with a great deal of the actual resonance.

The backing from Michael Rhodes on bass, Reece Wymans on keys, Russ Irwin on guitars and keyboards was superb, as could only be expected given their track record, but it was without question the electrifying performance of Anton Fig on drums, culminating in a breathtaking solo to close Led Zeppelin’s How Many Times, that truly stood out.

All this said, though, it was the ease, power and out-and-out brilliance of Joe Bonamassa and his clear love of the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page that will once again live long in the memory. Just listen to how he squeezes the absolute maximum from Cream’s Mainline Florida then slows everything down with a quite beautiful, note perfect rendition of Tim Curry’s Sloe Gin then dare to argue that you are not in the presence of genius.

A truly fantastic night, for which all credit should go to not only those upfront but also to those backstage and at the venue itself.
Breathtaking stuff indeed.

Joe Bonamassa: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion
Preston Guild Hall
July 2nd, 2016
***** Explosive

Set List
Beck’s Bolero
(Jeff Beck Group cover)

Mainline Florida
(Eric Clapton cover)

Boogie With Stu
(Led Zeppelin cover)

Let Me Love You Baby
(Jeff Beck Group cover)

Plynth
(Jeff Beck Group cover)

Spanish Boots
(Jeff Beck Group cover)

Double Crossing Time
(John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)

Motherless Children
(Eric Clapton cover)

SWLABR
(Cream cover)

I Can’t Quit You Baby
(Led Zeppelin cover) (Tea For One Intro)

Little Girl
(John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)

Pretending
(Eric Clapton cover)

Black Winter
(Led Zeppelin cover) (Outro includes Django excerpt)

How Many More Times
(Led Zeppelin cover)

Encore:
Sloe Gin
(Tim Curry cover)

JOE BONAMASSA IN CONCERT
A SALUTE TO THE BRITISH BLUES EXPLOSION

BOOK ONLINE: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates

24 Hour Ticket Hotline: 0844 844 0444

BRISTOL COLSTON HALL (SOLD OUT)
TUESDAY 5 JULY 2016
Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
24 Hour Venue Box Office: 0844 887 1500
Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR
www.colstonhall.org

LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL
THURSDAY 7 JULY 2016
with special guest
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk/book-tickets
24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Old Royal Naval College, King William Walk, London, SE10 9NN
www.greenwichmusictime.co.uk

NEWARK CASTLE RIVERSIDE PARK
FRIDAY 8 JULY 2016
with special guest
Joanne Shaw Taylor
Tickets: ticketmaster.co.uk
www.jbonamassa.com/tour-dates
24 Hour Box Office: 0844 844 0444
Venue Box Office: 01636 655 765
Newark Castle, Riverside Park, Tolney Lane,
Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1BZ
www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/newarkcastle

SPECIAL GUEST JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR OPENS FOR JOE BONAMASSA ONLY AT LONDON GREENWICH MUSIC TIME FESTIVAL AND NEWARK CASTLE


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