Live From the Royal Albert Hall

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Joe Bonamassa
Live From the Royal Albert Hall

[ JBL Productions / 2 DVD ]

Release Date: Monday 12 October 2009

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Rated: G - Films, Videos, and Publications Classification Act 1993Suitable for General Audiences

When Joe Bonamassa took the stage at Royal Albert Hall in May 2009, he fulfilled a dream he'd held since first picking up a guitar as a kid in upstate New York. The sold-out concert, fresh off the release of his album 'The Ballad Of John Henry' marked Bonamassa's headlining debut at arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world. "May 4, 2009 was a day 20 years in the making," says Bonamassa. "I have never been so honored in my life. It was truly larger than the sum of its parts."

The two decades he's referring to began when - at age 12 - he first opened for blues icon B.B. King, who said, "this kid's potential is unbelievable." King's words are as fitting today as they were then. Bonamassa averages 200 shows every year, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. At the Hall, Bonamassa had the added honor of being joined onstage by the legendary Eric Clapton. The Times of London cited Joe's "searing excellence and showmanship," and Planet Rock said, "The sight of two of the world's best guitarists trading solos was more than a little thrilling."

This 2DVD set presents that magical night in full - for posterity, and for all the fans that couldn't be among the roughly 4,000 concertgoers filling the seats.

"Joe Bonamassa is a big star amongst his peers," says producer Kevin Shirley, "garnering awards and magazine covers all around the globe. While he has a devoted audience that's growing worldwide, his rejection of major label deals in favor of paving his own musical path has left the mainstream largely unfamiliar with his extensive repertoire and skill. Hopefully, this incredible performance - featuring Joe accompanied by an incredible band in addition to a guest appearance by Eric Clapton - will put an end to that. Directed by groundbreaking filmmakers Sam Dunn and Scot McFadyen, this concert experience will become the benchmark for the genre. Pigeonhole Bonamassa at your peril - sure, the blues is the anchor, but this virtuoso refuses to play inside the box. Any box. Enjoy!"


Disc 1:
01. The Road to Royal Albert Hall
02. Django
03. The Ballad Of John Henry
04. So It's Like That
05. Last Kiss
06. So Many Roads
07. Stop!
08. Introducing Eric Clapton
09. Further On Up The Road
10. High Water Everywhere
11. Sloe Gin

Disc 2:
01. I First Met B.B. King...
02. Lonesome Road Blues
03. Happier Times
04. Introducing Paul Jones
05. Your Funeral My Trial
06. Blues Deluxe
07. Story Of A Quarryman
08. The Great Flood
09. Just Got Paid
10. Mountain Time
11. Asking Around For You

Bonus Features:
01. Woke Up Dreaming
02. Joe Bonamassa Interview on Bus