Joe Bonamassa makes his triumphant return to Hard Rock Live December 18, 2014. This time around the tour offers two new and exciting band line-ups featuring Bonamassa. The first set will feature Bonamassa with his acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic release An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House.
The set includes rare, vintage, organic and oddball instruments alongside performers Gerry O’Connor, Mats Wester, and Lenny Castro. This hour of the unforgettable signature acoustic performance from Bonamassa’s Vienna show, will be an experience the audience won’t soon forget. 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. Included in this set will be tracks from Bonamassa’s a much-anticipated new solo studio album.
Joe Bonamassa is regarded as one of the world’s greatest guitar players. The musician and singer-songwriter has been honored as 2011’s “Guitarist of the Year” by Guitar International, is a staple on Guitar Player magazine’s Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, having won “Best Blues Guitarist” five consecutive years and “Best Overall Guitarist” in 2010, and was named Billboard’s #1 Blues Artist in 2010. It was at the age of 10 Bonamassa caught the attention of Blues great B.B. King. By age 12, Bonamassa was opening shows for the blues icon and went on to tour with venerable acts including Buddy Guy, Foreigner, Robert Cray, Stephen Stills, Joe Cocker and Gregg Allman.
Bonamassa’s solo career launched in the early ’90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger’s son, Waylon, and Miles Davis’ son, Erin. Bonamassa’s 2000 lauded solo debut A New Day Yesterday, was followed by releases including So, It’s Like That (2002), Blues Deluxe (2003), Had to Cry Today (2003) and You & Me (2007). The blockbuster Sloe Gin (2007) debuted at #1 on Billboard’s blues chart. Other notable releases include Shepherds Bush Empire (2007) and The Ballad of John Henry (2009) which debuted at #1 on the Billboard blues chart and stayed there for six months. Black Rock (2010) debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and cracked the U.S. Top 40. Later that year he released Grammy-nominated Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall. Dust Bowl (2011), debuted at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart and #37 on Billboard’s Top 200 Chart, making it Bonamassa’s highest-selling and chart-ranking US debut to date.
Besides his solo work, Bonamassa has worked on multiple side projects. He formed hard rock band Black Country Communion (BCC) with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol); releasing two albums – 2010’s self-titled debut and 2011’s sophomore album, 2 – and a two-disc DVD Live Over Europe during the span of twelve months. So mark December 18, 2014 on your calendar and head to Hard Rock Live for a wonderful night of Blues from a legendary performer. For more information on this show visit http://www.hardrocklivehollywoodfl.com/