Bonamassa Will Open for Bonamassa! – NZ Show Will Feature Both Full Acoustic and Full Electric Sets
Town Hall, Auckland, New Zealand, September 12th 2014 : Guitar Hero Joe Bonamassa will perform his first ever New Zealand Show. Tickets on sale Monday May 5th & 6th for fan presales and general public sales from May 7th. Tickets from Ticketmaster.
The show will offer two entirely new and exciting band line-ups with Bonamassa essentially opening for himself. The first set will feature Bonamassa alongside the acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House playing an assortment of rare, vintage, organic and “oddball” instruments alongside performers Gerry O’Connor, Mats Wester, and Lenny Castro. Together they will run through an hour of the signature acoustic performance from Bonamassa’s Vienna show, treating the audience to a gorgeously textured unplugged experience. Bonamassa will then shift into electric mode for the second half of the show featuring his regular touring band: Carmine Rojas (bass), Tal Bergman (drums), and new touring keyboardist (and fellow Black Country Communion member) Derek Sherinian. Recent kudos for Bonamassa include his very first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album, his twelfth #1 Billboard Blues Album (more than any other artist), and his DVD Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, featuring Eric Clapton joining him onstage, earning platinum status.
Bonamassa has a full catalogue of albums that have blown away New Zealand fans for years “You and Me”, The Ballad Of Joe Henry”,Had to Cry Today”, “Driving Towards Daylight”, “Live The Royal Albert Hall” and “Dust Bowl” are a few of his solo albums. Projects with Beth Hart “Don’t Explain” and “SeeSaw” and “Live in Amsterdam” have added another dimension to his music as have his Black Country Communion albums ( Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham,Derek Sherinan).
This year he will also be working on a much-anticipated new solo studio album featuring all-new, all-original material. Joe is currently playing a few select tracks from this new album Live on Tour.
“Joe is unquestionably among our greatest living guitarists, destined to be counted among the greatest of all-time.”The Orange County Register
“The New King of Blues” Guitarist Magazine
“Right now, there’s no better Blues-rock artist than Bonamassa” gibson.com
“Bonamassa is a bold talent.” Billboard
“Wicked guitar thrills.” Mike Joyce, Washington Post
“This kid deserves to be in the same class with Stevie Ray F*&cking Vaughan and Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Beck.” Rock guitarist Ted Nugent after a recent jam with Joe for VH-1’s Supergroup