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Bonamassa at the Beacon

mixwiz

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I was watching Joe at the Beacon for the local public television beg-a-thon last night with the Mrs. I'm not a big follower, but it was a great show. About 3/4 of the way through, I turned to my wife and said "he kinda sings like Paul Rogers'. 5 seconds later, Paul Rogers came out and did a tune. It was pretty weird. If that had happened during the window pane days of the 70's, I'd probably still be in recovery.

The tune he did with John Hiatt was excellent. I love that guy. It's entirely possible that he's the only guy in the history of music that's never written a bad song.
 

tapeworm

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The Beacon show is definitely another example of Joe's live performances and how ON he is pretty much every night. Every time I have seen Joe he seems to top the last performance. The guy is masterful every night out there.
 

Gas-man

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A few thoughts:

Great tone and playing.

The John Hiatt song was an odd choice when he was only doing one song.

Joe could stand to loosen up a bit--he's terribly serious guitar faced up there.

The slow minor blues was almost a parody.

Lots of cliched lyrics "Went down to the river..." "Blah blah at midnight..." etc. Not compelling songwriting.

Anyway, just some thoughts. I'm sure someone will tell me they are a better person than I am for saying what I think. LOL.
 

3 Mile Stone

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Lots of cliched lyrics "Went down to the river..." "Blah blah at midnight..." etc. Not compelling songwriting.

Anyway, just some thoughts. I'm sure someone will tell me they are a better person than I am for saying what I think. LOL.
(No, I am not better than you) I don't think he's trying to be compelling lyrically. Many blues songs are no different. He is not trying to bust open ground breaking thought provoking lyrics, more putting his own spin on traditional blues themes. Did you understand the story of Down by the River? I'm just curious. Can you tell me what happened. Might listen a little closer, it's at least interesting. IMHO ;)
 

Mayfield

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Not hounding you for yor comments........but just for kicks...the Midnight Blues song he did was a Gary Moore cover, so those particular lyrics were not his.

All I know is that there are a lot of great guitarists that are down by the river! LOL

But the question, are they all in a van?
 






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