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Friday 06 May 2022.

Thursday 05 May 2022. JOE BONAMASSA live at The Royal Albert Hall. JOE BONAMASSA plays the first of two shows at this iconic venue. I have seen him live several times including at this venue in 2017 and 2019. The 2022 UK tour follows the release of Bonamassa’s critically acclaimed 15th solo studio album " Time Clocks" that was originally released in October 2021 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group in Europe. -------------- The balcony is half empty tonight. Could be down to the expensive tickets he now always seems to have. £160 , £120 and £85 plus booking fees....yikes! JOE & his top notch band arrived on stage at 7.35pm and played 2 hours 10 mins. Joe plus four musicians, plus two female backing singers. The bass player will be at this venue with Peter Frampton later this year. The nifty keyboard player has played with Stevie Ray Vaughn and others. Joe arrives on stage in trademark shades, smart suit and shiny shoes. Most tracks are over several minutes long ,as most feature a stunning guitar solo. He gets a superb tone out of his guitars, especially during the quieter solos. Joe owns over 300 guitars and several different ones are used tonight. A tip for you....I have a great seat in stalls swivel seats looking at the stage from the left. This is the best side to watch a right handed guitar player as they always tilt their guitar to the left. After 90 mins Joe tells all the crowd to stand up. Highlights included fan faves "The Ballad of John Henry" and "Sloe Gin". A great show. Full JOE BONAMASSA setlist played tonight.... Evil Mama Dust Bowl Love Ain't a Love Song Midnight Blues (Gary Moore cover) The Heart That Never Waits I Didn't Think She Would Do It Just 'Cos You Can Don't Mean You Should Pain and Sorrow A Conversation With Alice Lonely Boy The Ballad of John Henry Encore: Woke Up Dreaming (Acoustic solo) Sloe Gin (Tim Curry cover)