Joe Bonamassa Reviews
R. Griswold from Charlotte, North Carolina
NOT THE BEST SOUND MIXING
I love Joe Bonamassa and went to his concert at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC on Nov 12, 2013. Joe and the band played their hearts out for two hours. However, the folks in the mixing booth were terrible. Many of the songs were way too loud. I could hardly hear most of Joe's vocals. The mixing people need to go back to school or someone needs to fire them.
from Kitchener, Ontario
THE MAN CAN PLAY!!
Wow, he is amazing. Loud show, but very good. Band is top notch. Sometimes songs went on a bit too long, he was in his own world. Wish he would include DRIVE, love that song.
Bert from Toronto, Ontario
BONAMASSA IS THE REAL DEAL
Great show in Toronto at the Sony Centre. This is one of my favourite venues because it's not too big but not too small that it can't attract great musicians. There were no complaints in the sound system there as were noted in other venues for his shows. Bonamassa is an outstanding blues player. He has all the licks that the legendary Blues players had before him. Think SRV with his keyboard player, horns and female backup vocalists and that's what you get with his current tour. He plays fast, loud, slow, soft - all with great emotion. In an era where so many pop and hip hop stars entertain you without playing any musical instruments, it's so refreshing to watch someone perform who has mastered an instrument and music genre and takes his whole expression to another level. Without the help of promotion or radio play, this guy is selling out tours everywhere. He gives me a lot of faith that rock is still alive and still matters in this world
Jason S. from Indianapolis, Indiana
JOE B. WAS AWESOME... SOUND QUALITY WAS HORRIBLE.
Went to see the show in Indianapolis last night. The sound was terrible. The instrument mics were too loud, and the vocal mics were too quiet. The sound was overpowering the room to the point where it was better for us to put our fingers in our ears to try to kill off the reverb. It was really disappointing to have spent all that money to see one of the few concerts I was really excited to see, and end up walking out wishing we had stayed home. Joe is one of the greatest guitarists I've ever seen. His vocals are outstanding. His stage presence was commanding. His set list was excelent (I wish he would have played "Driving towards the daylight" but you can't have then all I guess). Everything about the show was awesome... too bad the sound engineers screwed it all up.
Brian from Tucson, Arizona
I have a been playing guitar for over 36 years, so I am fairly picky when I see live shows. I have seen many of the "best" blues and rock bands that have come along, and Joe was absolutely the best show I have seen. One, I like he plays relatively small venues. Unlike many on this forum, I thought the sound at the Tucson, AZ's Music Hall was fantastic. No ear plugs, and after 2 hours my hearing was fine with no ringing! I have never had that! The sound was crisp where I was sitting (20 rows back on bottom floor). DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW if you have an opportunity. Even if he did have questionable sound engineers, he will still sound better than most other acts. He was AMAZING. Only issue I had was he didn't play hardly anything old. I am all for new material, but no Who Killed J. Henry, Dust Bowl, Slow Gin, anything. I feel he should touch the older catalog to a minor degree. Plus, he didn't play Drive off the new album. I found that odd. GREAT SHOW
Paul Hunter from Kitchener, Ontario
Great show. First four songs did not overly impress and it took them a while to clean up the sound. Great rendition of LED Zep and Jeff Beck going down. Overall a great show. Joes guitar playing does not rate at the top with Beck, Steve Vai , Satriani or even Buddy Guy for me who also have been at The Center in The Square. Good show and glad I saw him.
from Tucson, Arizona
JOE IS FABULOUS-SOUND BOYS STINK
5th time i've seen Joe and will always go if he's within 2 hours drive. This concert was at Tucson Music Hall--the best venue he's played in Tucson. IMO he's the best guitar player in the world--see his acoustic performances sometime if you think Satriani or SRV were better--no comparison. Biggest issue was hearing both his and backup vocals--the sound level of the bass was way too high and even overpowered some of Joe's licks--the vocal mics had to be ramped up so high to carry with the instruments that Joe's lyrics were incomprehensible. The sound boys need to take off their headphones and hear what the audience is hearing. Loud is cool; too loud is not-- the level would have been fine outdoors in a stadium but not in a 2500 seat venue. Unlike others i liked that Joe played mostly new stuff. I don't need to hear him play all the same old songs we've heard before although i must admit i would have liked to hear Drive--never get tired of that. Joe is always "don't miss" !
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