'Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live From New York' documents 19 song performances that spans Bonamassa's career with smoky vocals complementing the guitar wizardry and rapid-fingered ease with which his fans know and love.
Alongside the great chemistry he shares with his formidable band-mates Carmine Rojas (bass), Tal Bergman (drums) and Rick Melick (keyboards), the Beacon Theatre concert DVD is mesmerizing to watch from start to finish.
Bonamassa kicks the festivities off with 'Slow Train', from 2011's solo album 'Dust Bowl', followed by fan-favourites including 'Cradle Song', 'Dust Bowl', 'When The Fire Hits The Sea', 'Bird On A Wire', 'Blue And Evil', 'Mountain Time', and many more.
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Beth Hart joins Bonamassa on stage for soulful duets on 'I'll Take Care Of You' and 'Sinner's Prayer', which is featured on the recently released 'Don't Explain' – an album of soul covers Hart recorded with Bonamassa.
John Hiatt, a Nashville Music Lifetime Achievement Award recipient and American Music Award (AMA) winner, joins Bonamassa for a rendition of 'Down Around My Place' and 'I Know A Place'.
As legendary classic rock singer Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free) hit the stage, the audience jumped to its feet as Bonamassa performed 'Fire And Water' and 'Walk In My Shadows'.
"This show is a testament to an artist at the top of his game, and still growing," says Bonamassa's producer Kevin Shirley. "Soulful songstress Beth Hart digs deep on a couple of songs with Joe from their duet album, and music legends John Hiatt and Paul Rodgers get up alongside Joe. The interactions are a joy to behold."
The release of the Beacon Theatre DVD coincides with Bonamassa's March UK Arena tour.
Dates include - Brighton Centre (March 23), Sheffield Motorpoint Arena (March 24), Newcastle Metro Arena (March 25), Edinburgh Usher Hall (March 27), Liverpool Echo Arena (March 28), Bournemouth International Centre (March 30), Birmingham National Indoor Arena (March 31), Capital FM Arena Nottingham (April 2), Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (April 4), and Blackpool Opera House (April 5).
The Beacon Theatre concert capped a year of achievements for Bonamassa the blues rock titan. His 12th solo album 'Dust Bowl' debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Chart and #37 on Billboard's Top 200, making it his highest-selling and chart-ranking U.S. debut to date. Likewise in the UK it charted at # 12, achieving his highest chart position here.
The album has just been nominated for a 2012 Blues Music Award (Best Blues Rock Album), while Bonamassa was honoured as 2011's Guitarist of the Year by Guitar International. This January Joe was on the cover of Classic Rock magazine for the first time, creating a big impact outside of the blues genre.
Bonamassa's hard rock band Black Country Communion – with band mates Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian – was named Best New Band of the Last 10 Years by VH1 Classic's That Metal Show, and Best Breaktrhough Act at 2011s Classic Rock Magazine Awards. The band's 2-disc live album Live Over Europe is released on CD in the UK on Monday February 27th.
Bonamassa is driving sales for the guitar industry and keeping the guitar alive, helping great companies like Guitar Center, Gibson, Epiphone, Ernie Ball, Dunlop, Seymour Duncan, Clear Sonic and Klotz Cables, all of whom have signature products with the Guitar phenomenon.
Bonamassa's style of guitar playing has breathed new life and excitement back into the instrument as legions of new fans are becoming familiar again with the great sound of guitar-based rock music.