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Joe Bonamassa - Metro Arena, Newcastle (UK) - 25th March 2012

Sheer hard work can get you a long way in life as can a natural born ability but combine the two and the sky is the limit. Joe Bonamassa is living testament to this. By the age of 14 he shared the stage with Blues legends BB King, John Lee Hooker and Buddy Guy and with a glowing endorsement from those greats he was well on his way to making a name for himself.

This did not come overnight. Bonamassa has an unbelievable work ethic playing over one hundred shows a year while producing no fewer than 12 albums in 11 years as a solo artist, with Rock supergroup Black Country Communion and through collaborations such as last year’s excellent Soul covers album, ‘Don`t Explain’ with singer Beth Hart. Slowly but surely Bonamassa has worked his way up from playing the Customs House in South Shields, to The Sage and City Hall before arriving for this show at the huge Metro Arena in Newcastle.

As a music form, the Blues is more usually associated with small, sweaty smoke filled clubs with the band and crowd just about on top of each other where they can feed off each other’s raw energy. It was a question on many lips as to whether the intimacy of a Blues show could be replicated in the Arena`s cavernous setting. Any doubts that were lingering soon evaporated as soon as Bonamassa kicked off with ‘Slow Train’ and with an early start time of 7:30pm he had the whole evening to dazzle the Newcastle crowd with a supreme master class of modern Blues. Bonamassa`s strength is his capacity to pen hard hitting songs such as ‘The Ballad of John Henry’, with its slow, driving groove and his ability to breathe new life into covers such as the mesmerising take on Tim Curry`s ‘Sloe Gin’, where his beautiful guitar work was simply sublime, and a haunting tribute to Gary Moore on ‘Midnight Blues’.

Fireworks - The Ultimate Magazine For Melodic Rock Music

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With a band boasting former Bowie bassist Carmine Rojas and Tal Bergman, who laid down the rhythm for Chaka Khan, Bonamassa steered a very tight unit and when they locked together during the likes of ‘Dust Bowl’, Newcastle witnessed musicians at the very highest level. With a low key stage set, Bonamassa needed no gimmicks, relying instead on his smouldering, husky Blues voice and stunning fretwork to provide the pyrotechnics. His innate ability to hold back where others may over indulge is a real asset and keeps matters sharp and focussed while the audience remain on the edge of their seats. After almost two and a half hours it was all over but those in the crowd will have been in no doubt that they had experienced an exceptional show by an artist at the very top of their game. Bonamassa has laid down the gauntlet for all aspiring Blues artists to follow but it may be sometime before anyone comes close to matching this performance and with ‘Driving Towards Daylight’ being previewed from his forthcoming album, it looks like his position will remain intact for some time to come.

Mick Burgess

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