Joe Bonamassa once more sets the blues/rock world on fire with the release of his new 'live' DVD... 'Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New York'. Recorded at the historic Beacon Theatre in New York during his current world tour, Tal Bergman is on Drums, Carmine Rojas plays Bass & Rick Melick is at the Keyboards with very special guest appearances by Beth Hart, John Hiatt & Paul Rodgers! Kevin "Caveman" Shirley who also produced Dust Bowl is again credited for the astounding sound mix that must be heard to be believed, and indeed everyone involved in the production of this sensational DVD should take a bow!
Joe Bonamassa continues to fascinate his audience with his gifted guitar and passionate vocals, and whilst extending his own repertoire, he also makes sure he pays tribute to all the people who inspired him along the way. Like all great musicians Joe Bonamassa knows it's not just what you play that's important, but how you feel and deliver it that matters... and this guy certainly knows how to do just that!
Disc 1 (Feature) starts with an interesting opening sequence showing Joe Bonamassa busking '72nd St. Subway Blues' at the same location in New York. He then joins his band at the Beacon Theatre to open the show with his pulsating 'Slow Train' followed by 'Cradle Rock', 'When The Fire Hits The Sea', 'Midnight Blues', 'Dust Bowl' and 'The River'. Next enter one of the most powerful female blues/rock singers to emerge since Janis Joplin... Beth Hart joins Joe onstage, having worked together on Dust Bowl before making their stunning hit collaboration album Don't Explain. Bonamassa's guitar once again provides the perfect foil for Hart's soulful vocals as she beautifully delivers Brook Benton's 'I'll Take Care Of You' (worth the entry fee alone) and then pleads for mercy on 'Sinner's Prayer', probably just as Ray Charles imagined when he wrote it... simply breathtaking!
Worthwhile renditions of 'You Better Watch Yourself'' and 'Steal Your Heart Away' precede a heartfelt cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Bird On A Wire'. American songwriter/musician John Hiatt then makes his entrance with 'Down Around My Place' off his excellent Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns album and 'I Know A Place' that nearly brings the house down, and rightly so as this storyteller is way overdue the recognition he truly deserves! After being treated to 'Blue and Evil' off his Black Rock album, rock royalty takes centre stage with Paul Rodgers (Free/Bad Co/Queen) singing the first song he ever wrote 'Walk In My Shadow', prior to strutting out another Free classic 'Fire And Water' aptly fuelled by Bonamassa with Kossoff inspired guitar riffs... totally spellbinding! And just as you thought this concert couldn't get any better, you get blown away with a monumental version of 'Mountain Time' before 'Young Man Blues' ends this memorable set.
Disc 2 (Bonus Disc) boasts another couple of fine tracks from the gig... 'If Heartaches Were Nickels' and his acoustic extravaganza 'Woke Up Dreaming'. Other special features include 'A Friend Drops By' that reveals amazing footage of Joe discussing chord structures with Byrds/CSNY legend David Crosby! Finally 'A Busker's Tale' explains the making of '72nd St. Subway Blues' that opened proceedings followed by some memorable photos & credits... end!
For those of you who couldn't make it... Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre - Live From New York is a modern day musical happening thankfully captured 'live' on Saturday, November 5th 2011 and is as good as it gets... enjoy the ride!