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Joe Bonamassa Reviews

ConcertsIndie & RockJazz & Blues

Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

Number of reviews: 88



5.0 star rating Kurt from Greenville, South Carolina


Just what I expected. Joe and the band were awesome. Sound was great too.

5.0 star rating David from Phoenix, Arizona


Phoenix - Joe B was tremendous. Started on time, played approx 2 hours, newer songs, classics, changed guitars, band incredible - everyone loves Reese, even the “fill in drummer” for Anton Fig was excellent. Amazing evening. Saw him just after Gary Clark Jr - these two are carrying the blues mantle. GCJ was top notch - go see him! Back to Joe - this was a power packed show that was one of the hi-lites of my fall concerts. BUT I am going to share that I also traveled to see Joe B in San Diego at Humphries 18 months ago - he said he was injecting some country greats into that tour. Well it wasn’t some it was almost all and it was not enjoyable at all. Some people actually walked out and after the show there were a lot of shaking heads - this October show at Comerica was Redemption for Joe B and for me. His 2nd to last song in the encore on acoustic guitar was stunning - reminded me of a guitar player from the UK years ago - John Martin - one guy on an acoustic guitar opening for Yes.

5.0 star rating John S. from Columbia, South Carolina


We drove down from the mountains of NC to hear Joe Banamassa and his band mates for the first time live. The Township Auditorium has great acoustics with excellent seating. The musicianship was nearly non-stop hypnosis. The guitar is my favorite instrument to hear and Banamassa is one of the great masters of our time. And the band was hanging right there with him. Pure entertainment; more than worth the drive!

5.0 star rating Ted Mikkelsen from Columbia, South Carolina


First time I’ve seen Joe love and he did not disappoint!! I enjoyed everything about the show including the way the stage was set, the location of the band was great!! Joe is TOP SHELF!! If you have not had an opportunity to see him live, GO!!

4.0 star rating Jason S. from Indianapolis, Indiana


Went to see the show in Indianapolis last night. The sound was terrible. The instrument mics were too loud, and the vocal mics were too quiet. The sound was overpowering the room to the point where it was better for us to put our fingers in our ears to try to kill off the reverb. It was really disappointing to have spent all that money to see one of the few concerts I was really excited to see, and end up walking out wishing we had stayed home. Joe is one of the greatest guitarists I've ever seen. His vocals are outstanding. His stage presence was commanding. His set list was excelent (I wish he would have played "Driving towards the daylight" but you can't have then all I guess). Everything about the show was awesome... too bad the sound engineers screwed it all up.

4.0 star rating from Tucson, Arizona


5th time i've seen Joe and will always go if he's within 2 hours drive. This concert was at Tucson Music Hall--the best venue he's played in Tucson. IMO he's the best guitar player in the world--see his acoustic performances sometime if you think Satriani or SRV were better--no comparison. Biggest issue was hearing both his and backup vocals--the sound level of the bass was way too high and even overpowered some of Joe's licks--the vocal mics had to be ramped up so high to carry with the instruments that Joe's lyrics were incomprehensible. The sound boys need to take off their headphones and hear what the audience is hearing. Loud is cool; too loud is not-- the level would have been fine outdoors in a stadium but not in a 2500 seat venue. Unlike others i liked that Joe played mostly new stuff. I don't need to hear him play all the same old songs we've heard before although i must admit i would have liked to hear Drive--never get tired of that. Joe is always "don't miss" !

4.0 star rating Brian from Tucson, Arizona


I have a been playing guitar for over 36 years, so I am fairly picky when I see live shows. I have seen many of the "best" blues and rock bands that have come along, and Joe was absolutely the best show I have seen. One, I like he plays relatively small venues. Unlike many on this forum, I thought the sound at the Tucson, AZ's Music Hall was fantastic. No ear plugs, and after 2 hours my hearing was fine with no ringing! I have never had that! The sound was crisp where I was sitting (20 rows back on bottom floor). DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW if you have an opportunity. Even if he did have questionable sound engineers, he will still sound better than most other acts. He was AMAZING. Only issue I had was he didn't play hardly anything old. I am all for new material, but no Who Killed J. Henry, Dust Bowl, Slow Gin, anything. I feel he should touch the older catalog to a minor degree. Plus, he didn't play Drive off the new album. I found that odd. GREAT SHOW

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