What does it sound like?:
In the summer of 2016, Joe Bonamassa played a short run of shows in the UK to celebrate the work of three guitarists who have had a major influence on him – Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, all of whom of course held tenure at one point in The Yardbirds.
This two cd set, recorded live at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, gives him and his band an opportunity to showcase material from all three of those figureheads, from both their solo and band careers. Thus we get excellent passionate renditions of Beck’s Bolero, Rice Pudding and Plynth, Cream’s SWLABR, and Zeppelin’s Tea For One, surely one of their most underrated and overlooked songs. That’s just a small sample from this first class show – there’s no doubting Bonamassa’a musical prowess of course, but these tunes obviously mean a lot to him, and he plays them superbly, backed by a very tight little band. I really enjoyed this set – it’s a great way of paying tribute to the work of these three guitarists, and he’s chosen well from their extensive catalogues to give a flavour of their contrasting styles, while at the same time putting his own inimatable stamp on their music. He sticks fairly closely to the originals, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that – as the old saying goes, if it ain’t broke…..
What does it all *mean*?
Heavyweight music played with great reverence and respect, as Bonamassa pays homage to these three great innovative guitarists, who inspired him and ignited his love for the British blues rock scene.
Goes well with…
An evening of blues power.
Might suit people who like…
British guitar heroes.