Joe Bonamassa may have been born in Central New York, but his guitar prowess has taken him around the world many times over. In the blues community, Bonamassa built up a name for himself before it was legal for him to have a beer. On January 19th, he brought the blues to the gorgeous Palace Theatre in Albany. The two-set show was comprised of an acoustic first set, and an electrifying second set. Playing his hits, the crowd starting tapping their feet and bobbing their heads as soon as the first notes of “Dust Bowl” flowed until the end of the three song encore “Hey Baby”, “Oh Beautiful” and “So, What Would I Do”.
Bonamassa wasn’t the only living legend on stage either. Reese Wynans (keys), who will be entering the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame this year with Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble, Carmine Rojas (bass, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, Stevie Wonder), Lenny Castro (percussion, Toto, Adele, Steely Dan), Tal Bergman (drums, Billy Idol, LL Cool J), Derek Sherinian (keys, Buddy Miles, Kiss, Dream Theater), Mats Wester (strings), Gerry O’Connor (strings) and an incredible horn section.
Acoustic Set: Dust Bowl, Trouble Town, Still Water, Stones in My Passway, Slow Train, Different Shades of Blue, Black Lung Heartache, Happier Times, Athens to Athens
Electric Set: Never Give All Your Heart, Hidden Charms, Living On the Moon, Can’t Be Satisfied, Double Trouble, Love Ain’t a Love Song, Gave Up Everything for You, One Less Cross to Bear, Sloe Gin, Ballad of John Henry
Encore: Hey Baby, Oh Beautiful, So What Would I Do