Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Joe Bonamassa `Live at the Greek Theatre’ DVD Review


Joe Bonamassa tours relentlessly, records tirelessly and with without doubt has become king of the blues. He’s also incredibly humble paying incredible tributes to those that have paved the way for him and many others within this world and this DVD showcases Joe’s tribute to the three kings of the blues, Albert King, Freddie King and B.B. King. 

The DVD starts where it should at the beginning, we get to a see a young Joe Bonamassa in a TV feature of the young starlet with some footage of him playing as well as a snippet of the late great B.B. King discussing Joe having the Blues. 

Filmed from The Greek Theatre in the heart of Los Angeles, Joe along with his 11 piece band and multitude of instantly recognisable guitars from flying V’s to Les Pauls and Stratocasters including one V that was one the late great Albert King’s which eagle eyed viewers note that Joe’s flipped the guitar as it was a lefty in the past. 

Photo Credit: Christe Goodwin

Joe here pays tribute to the three kings but adds a modern twist with every song, opening the set with `See See Baby’, he introduces the audience to songs from the greats of the blues that we might not be aware of and boy does it do them justice, he adds enough of a modern twist to each track that keep the kids entertained all the while adding in the big band elements and soul singers to keep the veterans in a pleasurable state. 

Joe only takes us through the history of the blues and one particular crowd favourite is the late, great B.B. King who sadly passed away just a few short months before the concert took place, Joe delivers B.B. King classics with the utmost concern and attention which includes the `Thrill Is Gone’ which is met by thunderous applause of the 5,000 strong Greek Theatre. 

Without doubt Joe needs to be seen as a guitar idol, his versatile nature on the guitar is a wondrous sight to behold taking the guitar from a screaming demon down to a subtle nuance, and he can do it all, impressive as ever. 

Joe holds the crowd in the palm of his hands; the L.A. night air must have sounded so sweet that evening, paying tribute to the three kings by quite easily the current king although certainly not named king. 

Joe is the standard bearer of blues music and if you need any more evidence of this fact look no further than `Live At The Greek’ it’s another showcase of Joe’s unique abilities and a question now stands, if you haven’t seen him or heard of Joe then why not? Where have you been! 

The bonus disc contains some pleasant touches to really dive into Joe’s life, first up there’s a in-depth conversation with Joe’s parents who go through his formative years, learning the guitar, annoying his sister and the neighbours through to his rise to the guitar hero we know and love today. There’s also the music video for `Riding with the Kings’, a short behind the scenes clip of the journey to The Greek. 

10/10- Joe is truly the king of the blues with one eye on the past and one looking forward. 

Stand out tracks: 
`Thrill Is Gone', `Some Other Day, Some Other Time' and `Cadillac Assembly Line'

Track Listing: 
Beginnings 
See See Baby 
Some Other Day, Some Other Time 
Lonesome Whistle Blues 
Sittin’ On The Boat Dock 
You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling 
Going Down 
I’ll Play The Blues For You 
I Get Evil 
Breaking Up Somebody’s Home 
Angel Of Mercy 
Cadillac Assembly Line 
Oh, Pretty Woman 
Let The Good Times Roll 
Never Make Your Move Too Son 
Ole Time Religion 
Nobody Loves Me But My Mother 
Boogie Woogie Woman 
Hummingbird 
Hide Away 
Born Under A Bad Sign 
The Thrill Is Gone 
Riding With The Kings 

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