Joe Bonamassa is a modern day music legend. This guitar virtuoso is right up there with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Satriani, B.B. King and so many other guitar greats. That multi-faceted mix of raw talent has been expertly captured on his new live double disc dvd, “Beacon Theatre: Live From new York.”
Bonamassa and his band are shown at the top of their game in this performance, recorded last year. From the raw energy of ‘Cradle Rock’ to the beautiful, emotional ‘Bird on a Wire’ to the Jimi Hendrix-esque ‘Blue and Evil’, there is little, if anything, bad that can be said of Joe Bonamasa and company in this performance. The entire band shines both on its own and as a supporting act to guest artists Beth Hart, John Hiatt, and Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, The Firm). Audiences really do feel the respect between the band and the guest vocalists throughout the duration of the concert.
Of course, those moments aren’t all that make this performance so great. One of the greatest moments of the show comes in the show’s closer, ‘Young Man Blues.’ The control of drummer Tal Bergman is immense with each (yes,each) drum solo used to set up each segment of the song. It does so to help build the anticipationof what’s to come next. the music presented by Joe Bonamasa and his bandmates makes for an outstanding show. But one would be remiss to ignore the show’s production values, as they add their own element to the overall enjoyment of seeing J.B. and company live.
Kudos are in order to director Scot McFadyen and eveybody behind the scenes of the show. The video and audio are very well balanced throughout the course of the concert. This is the case both on the blu-ray and standard def dvd presentation. The video is especially clear on both versions, as the concert was shot in high definition. So no matter which format audiences may choose, they will be getting an excellent presention, all the way around. Combine the top notch production values of the concert recording with a solid set list, and audiences get a show that is easily one of the best home live releases of the year.
For fans who want more new material from Joe, fear not. Joe has a new album out later this month titled, “Driving Towards The Daylight.” And in support of the album, he’s already headed out on a tour that will take him straight through December. North Carolina fans will be excited to know that Joe will be making a stop at the nationally known Durham Performing Arts Center on November 28th. Fans can check into tickets and more on the DPAC website, http://www.dpacnc.com. Joe’s fans can follow his tour news and more online at http://www.jbonamasa.com, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa, and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/JBONAMASSA