As Joe Bonamassa nears the end of his current Spring Tour, he is preparing for his upcoming 3 Kings and Fall European Tours.
Joe Bonamassa has come a long way since he famously came to the attention of BB King as a childÂ and subsequently opened shows for him at the age of 12.Â Obviously, with such auspicious backing at such an early age, it was clear that he had the talent to be something special. However, it takes a lot more than just raw talent to become a guitar icon. It also takes a lot of hard work.
Bonamassa is clearly not afraid to roll up his sleeves and work. He has put out 19 albums in the last 13 years and has toured relentlessly, filling progressively larger venues as time has progressed. The calibre of the venues he is playing now means that paying the mortgage shouldn’t ever be a problem again. However, Bonamassa may sometimes wonder why he bothers owning a house, given that he must spend over 250 nights out of every year living in hotel rooms.
His 2015Â Spring TourÂ started in January and is still going. Touring to support his latest release,Â Different Shades of Blue, he has performed at several iconic venues such as the Hammersmith Apollo in London, Radio City Music Hall in New York, and the Chicago Theatre.Â National Rock Review and National Blues Review were present for the shows in London and Chicago and it’s fair to say we were mightily impressed at the talent Bonamassa and his band served up. The tour will take in more American and Canadian dates and will finish with a three-night run at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, May 14-16.Â Bonamassa will then allow himself a well-earned break before taking the 3 Kings Tour on the road for the month of August. There will be a string of dates at amphitheatres across the US, culminating in a final show at the famous Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.
Whilst Bonamassa’s Spring Tour was in support of his new album, the 3 Kings Tour (as the name suggests) will be paying tribute to blues greats Albert, BB, and Freddie King. His band will still feature a three-piece horn section and Reese Wyans on the keys, but Anton Fig and Michael Rhodes will take the place of Tal Bergman and Carmine Rojas on drums and bass respectively.
After allowing himself most of the month of September for a break, Bonamassa heads across the Atlantic for a string of dates across Europe for his Fall European Tour, playing throughout Europe before finishing with a string of seven dates dotted across the UK.
The hard work is clearly paying off for Bonamassa. If he brings his band to your town, we would strongly suggest you go to see the show. It’s one you’ll never regret.