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Available on CD/DVD/Blue-Ray & Vinyl from Friday 18th May via Mascot Lable Group

Features stunning Bonamassa performances of songs written by legendary guitarists Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page and more.


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Following seven UK concerts in March, the celebrated blues-rock guitarist, and singer-songwriter has also announced that he will return to the UK to perform at the Hampton Court Palace Festival on Tuesday 12th June 2018. Tickets are available now from Hampton Court Palace Festival website.


The British Blues Explosion Live DVD and Blu-ray include amazing bonus content such as Joe performing “Taxman” Live at the Cavern Club, Joe being honoured with a “Brick In The Wall”, the British Blues Explosion Explained by Mick Wall and a photo gallery of the British Blues Explosion UK Tour.

A Salute to the British Blues Explosion, featuring the unbelievable music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page! Joe pays tribute to his British Blues heroes during a short but very sweet tour of Britain – 5 performances only. This show was recorded at Greenwich Music Time at The Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London on July 7, 2016.

Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin photo taken at the British Blues Explosion UK Tour

Joe Bonamassa has been more influenced by the impact of British Blues than by any other music out there. From a young age, the musically inclined Joe fell in love with the hard-rocking, gritty and edgy sound that emanated from mid-1960’s Britain.

This is especially true of the highly innovative and evocative guitar music produced by three of the field’s greatest heavyweights, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page. With the deepest reverence for what these three men have accomplished and a true love of their music.

Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin

Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin


This set brings back memories of a balmy Summer evening out at Greenwich, with Joe bringing a quality band onstage to play a set that took in the various works of and numbers made famous by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.

It’s probably fair to say that each of these guitar stylists has been a major influence on Bonamassa and of course Joe had kitted himself out with the requisite axes, all vintage and swapped over at speed by his well-drilled techs.

That evening, director Kevin Shirley was charging around getting the whole shebang recorded. The actual material on here ranges from the very obvious to the less-performed but makes for a satisfying mix, overall.

The group includes cool bassist Michael Rhodes ( first noticed by this writer on a Jill Sobule album), drummer Anton Fig the Letterman band stalwart, the fabulous Double Trouble keys wizard Reese Wynans and Russ Irwin on guitars.

There are a lot of opportunities for Joe to play out, the numbers are not heavily re-arranged from the original recorded versions so the group gets underway and pretty much pays homage to the inspiring artists.

One thing about the original acts when you saw them perform was the interplay – especially Cream, The Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin. Even more so with contemporaries Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac and Chicken Shack where in addition to the musical skills a great sense of fun could be enjoyed.

This element does not come to the fore in this more business-like performance but the execution of the songs by this aggregation is of high quality.

Beck’s Bolero blends into Rice Pudding, Mainline Florida is given a linear flow that probably shows Joe at his most effective. Boogie With Stu is from LZ of course whilst the grinding riff of Let Me Love You Baby evokes that epochal Truth album from Jeff Beck. Whereas Plynth brings the Beck-Ola album to mind, along with Spanish Boots.

Double Crossing Time may be an obvious choice, from Mayall days and SWLABR is the Cream song from Disraeli Gears. Back to Zep inclusions, Tea For One rolls into I Can’t Quit You, the classic blues.

Little Girl close cousin, of Wolf’s Forty Four, is a tune that Joe and I have talked about and no surprise that it’s here. The ascending chordal steps on the solo is hard to resist and it sounds terrific, dynamic. Pretending follows, then an absorbing Black Winter / Django. To wrap up, How Many More Times takes the old Wolf riff for a walk, insistent and ominous.

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As one of the world’s leading guitarists and a passionate devotee to the sacred form of art that is the British Blues, there is no person more qualified to preach the British Blues than Joe Bonamassa.

A Salute to the British Blues Explosion is a cross-generational musical moment that will be unlike anything else you’ve experienced.

Go with Joe Bonamassa on a journey to re-discover the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, and fall in love with the British Blues all over again.

photo of Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin

Joe Bonamassa by Christie Goodwin photo

image of Joe Bonamassa poster for Hampton Court, June 12th 2018

Live In Concert 12th June 2018