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Joe Bonamassa Reviews

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Average customer review: 4.0 star rating (3.8 Stars)

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4.0 star rating Jason Overman from San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO BLUES...A BIT MUDDY (BUT NO WATER).

Joe ALWAYS puts on a great show. His guitar work is peerless, and the band he brings is always top-notch. Missed Anton Figg on drums this time, but the replacement drummer was decent. The back-up "doo-wop" singers were outstanding, and a mid-set "solo" by one of them simply crushed it. I was a bit disappointed that only 4 of his older hits made it into the set list. They bracketed about 6 songs that were off his last 2 albums. I'm not quite as fond of his new album. To me it feels like a well-worn path that gets a bit boring, and the lyrics (to me) are a bit basic, repetitive (you'll know the song) and uninspired. That said, his solos in each of the songs were delicious. One problem that really needs fixing (last 3 concerts I've seen of his) the bass was overdriven, and the mix in general too loud for the venue. I wish they cranked down the amps so each part of the band could be enjoyed. I truly loved the acoustic sets he does, because you can relish the details, unlike most of his concerts.

3.5 star rating R. Griswold from Charlotte, North Carolina

NOT THE BEST SOUND MIXING

I love Joe Bonamassa and went to his concert at Ovens Auditorium in Charlotte, NC on Nov 12, 2013. Joe and the band played their hearts out for two hours. However, the folks in the mixing booth were terrible. Many of the songs were way too loud. I could hardly hear most of Joe's vocals. The mixing people need to go back to school or someone needs to fire them.

3.0 star rating Don Schuepbach from San Antonio, Texas

SHAME

R. Griswold Wrote the perfect review in November 2013. The San Antonio show last night started off great. The first hour was well done and we could hear and enjoy. Then the show ramped up during the electronic portion power, power, power and a muddled sound really taking away from the enjoyment of the experience.....Sound board help IS DRASTICALLY needed. I mean anyone who has knowledge of sound knows that loudness and volume are two separate animals. I would never fault a show where a performer pours his heart out for two and half hours but there was a problem with the production and it seems to to ongoing. DON'T STAY AWAY FROM THIS SHOW JOE B. IS WORTH THE MONEY TO SEE HIM!

3.0 star rating John from Toronto, Ontario

SAW JOE AT SONY CTR TORONTO WED NOV 16

This is the 3rd time I've seen Joe. This was the least entertaining. First the acoustics were off. You could barely here the backup singers, bass guitar, or brass over Joe playing his guitar. Then throughput the show the volume got louder to the point it was almost painful. The guitar work was still outstanding and a pleasure to listen too. I also wish he would have played some of his earlier work. This would have made the show more palatable. To me the worst was the Zeppelin cover. He has more than a dozen albums it was dumb to play a Zeppelin cover for your closing song before the encore. I came to hear Joe not Zep.

3.0 star rating Dana from Vancouver, British Columbia

VERY POOR SOUND CONTROL

Expected a better sound. Too loud and could not hear vocals. Guitars and band - very good performance!

3.0 star rating Billy Bob from Vancouver, British Columbia

JOE BONAMASSA QE THEATRE VANCOUVER NOV29, 2018

Sadly, this highly anticipated show was mediocre at best. The band, smoking hot players. Joe, a technical genius with great, soulful vocals. The sound, well, stunk and I was right behind the mixing board. I thought I had a problem with my ears and they needed a song or two to adjust. Nope. My main issue was that the bass player was way too loud for about 70% of the concert. Also, during certain songs the show was just too loud. (This theatre holds about 3000). During many songs there seemed to be a sonic fight between the Hammond organ, the bass player and Joe's guitars. Joe lost every time except during solo's which were excellent. As usual, the back up singers were excellent but you couldn't hear them for about 50% of the show. I was also disappointed by the lack of on stage chemistry between the band. This made it seem to me like a Vegas show that musicians play night after night just focusing on playing their part. For a $130 ticket, the sound needs to be much better than that

3.0 star rating Rich Jazdzewski from Carmel, Californina

LOUD ≠ GOOD

11/23/18 Long Beach: The person/s responsible for the sound must have turned the volume nob to 11 and left for the evening. What a disservice to Joe and his talented, veteran band, not to mention the audience. Joe's lyrics were nearly impossible to hear, or understand. A six-hour drive, both ways, and two nights in a hotel for our first Bonamassa concert left our expectations unfulfilled. The music ( did I mention LOUD,?) we heard at the concert wasn't even close to that on Joe's well-mixed DVDs such as "Live at the Greek Theater", or Amsterdam. Joe is the most talented guitarist on the planet and we intend to attend more of his concerts - we'll just limit them to outdoor venues. In the meantime we'll continue buying and listening to Joe's CDs and DVDs.

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