Joe Bonamassa Reviews

Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

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4.0 star rating 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

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4.0 star rating Brian from Tucson, Arizona

AMAZING SHOW!

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

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4.0 star rating 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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4.0 star rating 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.

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4.0 star rating Steve Ko from Fort Myers, Florida

JOE AT BARBARA MANN

I saw the friday nite show from row 3 orch. I was a little on the right side. Joe played a lot of Rock & r in the first part of the show. Even though there was no break, it still had a rock and roll feel. The more Bluesy stuff came toward the later part. I have seen him 3 times and i missed the slow " midnight blues "stuff. He played "how many more times " from Led Zep. in the beginning, well done, everyone was pounding on anything. Excellent. $ stars. s.m.k.

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3.0 star rating from Houston, Texas

SOUND SYSTEM SUCKED

Been to 100s of concerts and as much as I love JB the sound system at this show was a great big disappointment. The show was good but for theirs prices the sound should be clear and crisp. Enjoyed show but not as much as much as others I have seen. Playing loud alone does not do it for me anymore. When I was young and stoned maybe. Today not.

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3.0 star rating FR Weidman from Austin, Texas

REALLY JOE

I have been looking forward to seeing this guitar legend for weeks.. We had great seats and it started well...WOW that guy can sure play !! I was not sure if it was just me, but after the 4th or 5th song, I'm dripping with sweat and sticking to my seat. A brief reprieve to the bar was small conciliation. Dang it was hot and we retreated to the confines of a cooler venue. This was really disappointing and out of character for the Moody. The curious part is several ushers and management told myself and others, The artist requested this temperature setting.

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