Bucket Checklist! Purple Rocks with Joe Bonamassa August sixth, 2023 ~ Live performance Images Journal


 By Michael Yanko 

Rock Legends Photographers

     Having been a live performance photographer for the reason that 70s and capturing hundreds of live shows, tons of of festivals, and 9 music cruises, Purple Rocks has been on my bucket listing for a few years. After I acquired an e mail from Gov’t Mule stating that they had been enjoying there, it piqued my curiosity. After I came upon that Jason Bonham was opening and that Joe Bonamassa was enjoying the evening earlier than, I spotted it was time to make a visit to Colorado and cross this one off my listing!

     Purple Rocks is positioned in Morrison, Colorado, a couple of half hour outdoors Denver. It is surrounded by lovely surroundings, which made for an exquisite drive. We parked on the onsite museum, after which made the one-mile trek downhill to the field workplace to get our picture passes. The joy within the air was already beginning to construct and we met some nice individuals on the field workplace. One of many individuals we met was Joe Bonamassa’s driver, and he was greater than useful with ideas in regards to the venue. The perfect tip of all was that there was a shuttle to take me as much as the highest the place the venue is. The shuttle dropped me off on the backstage entrance, giving me a chance to seize the beautiful picture on the subsequent web page.

 It takes two 18-wheelers to carry Joe Bonamassa’s gear to a venue close to you!

    I’ve seen Joe Bonamassa carry out a number of occasions, however seeing and listening to him at Purple Rocks was an expertise by no means to be forgotten. It rained virtually all the present, however the sold-out crowd got here ready with raincoats and ponchos. Photographing was troublesome within the rain, however I did handle to get a couple of good pictures!

     The rising anticipation for the beginning of the present was climaxed with Tom Petty’s “The Ready,” adopted by the band’s entrance to thunderous applause! 

     Opening the present with “Evil Mama,” the band adopted up with songs from Bonamassa’s big catalogue of albums together with: “Mud Bowl,” “Love Ain’t a Love Music,” “Self-Inflicted Wounds,” “I Wish to Shout About it” from the forthcoming album, and “Final Matador of Bayonne.” 

     To the delight of the gang the subsequent track featured particular visitor Warren Haynes (Gov’t Mule, Allman Brothers Band) who was scheduled the subsequent evening. Bonamassa launched him by saying “Some individuals at the moment requested me, ‘you going tomorrow, is he coming right here?’ I stated ‘effectively I can’t make it tomorrow however I’m certain it’s gonna be f-cking unbelievable.’ My pal Jason Bonham is right here tonight. I don’t give this man sufficient credit score as a result of over the course of the primary hour of this present he’s most likely written down 20 issues that I’ve f-cking stolen from him on the guitar, together with this model of this track by Albert King known as ‘Breaking Up Somebody’s Dwelling’ and we’re gonna carry out Warren Haynes proper now to play it.” The guitar duo jam throughout this track was astonishing!

     Bonamassa channeled his interior Buddy Man a number of occasions all through the evening, dropping “F” bombs at random. Following the track with Haynes, Bonamassa launched his band consisting of:  Josh Smith (guitar), Calvin Turner (bass, changing the late Michael Rhodes), Lemar Carter (drums), Rock & Roll Corridor of Famer Reese Wynans (keys), and Dannielle DeAndrea and Jade MacRae (backing vocals). 

      After introductions the efficiency continued with “Curtain Name,” adopted by a artistic cowl of Barbra Streisand’s “Prisoner” (Love Theme from Eyes of Laura Mars). Subsequent up was “The Coronary heart That By no means Waits.”  Following a tremendous blues solo, Bonamassa supplied up a touch of  “Trigger We’ve Ended as Lovers,” giving a quick salute to the late nice Jeff Beck! After delighting the sold-out crowd with that tidbit, the band adopted up with “Lonely Boy,” adopted by ZZ Prime’s “Simply Bought Paid,” which morphed into Led Zeppelin’s “Dazed and Confused” earlier than morphing again into “Simply Bought Paid.” The set ended with a five-minute drum solo after which the band cleared the stage. The gang was loud and hungry for extra. The band returned for the the anticipated encore, “Mountain Time.”  Bonamassa instructed the gang that somebody posted on Twitter, “Man, I actually hope you play ‘Mountain Time’ on the mountain!” He shared that he didn’t plan it, however that it simply makes f-cking sense. It was an awesome ending to a memorable efficiency!

     Joe Bonamassa is without doubt one of the best residing guitar gamers and his performances are at all times extraordinary. Whether or not you’re a blues fan, rock fan, or each, you’ll want to put Bonamassa in your should see live performance listing!

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