Joe Bonamassa – Radio City Music Hall

Bonamassa sells out the theatre of his well-spent youth.

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“I’d like to introduce you to a woman without whom I wouldn’t be here today,” says Joe Bonamassa, addressing a sold-out Radio City Music Hall before bringing out his mother on her birthday. It’s a special day for the family, with the bluesman playing two sold-out dates at the iconic New York venue where his father brought him to see countless shows when he was a young, impressionable child.

The Bonamassa of today is older, wiser and one of the most revered blues guitarists out there, but his lineage echoes in this theatre. He plays a 90-minute set of career- spanning compositions with unadulterated passion, clearly savouring the moment: Black Lung Heartache is a highlight. But it’s Mats Wester’s unique nyckelharpa skills that add the most character to this tapestry of songs which made Bonamassa a household name.

Phil Weller

You can usually find this Prog scribe writing about the heavier side of the genre, chatting to bands for features and news pieces or introducing you to exciting new bands that deserve your attention. Elsewhere, Phil can be found on stage with progressive metallers Prognosis or behind a camera teaching filmmaking skills to young people.