Grammy-nominated blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa is set to release ‘Live at the Greek Theatre’, a 22-track tribute to three blues legends – Albert King, B.B. King, and Freddie King.
‘Live at the Greek Theatre’ showcases Bonamassa’s ‘The Three Kings’ tour of 2015; a 14-date US amphitheater tour that culminated on August 29 at famed Los Angeles venue The Greek.
Bonamassa celebrates the trio of blues icons with over two hours of some the greatest blues songs ever written. The release includes a collector’s edition booklet, and several bonus features containing behind-the-scenes footage and more.
Playing on a warm summer night to an near-sold-out crowd, Bonamassa’s handpicked set list of songs ranged from blues standards to deep cuts, including ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, ‘Let The Good Times Roll’, and B.B. King’s famed ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ as the evening closer.
For Bonamassa, the tour’s importance deepened significantly when B.B., his friend and mentor, passed away two months before it began. “My only regret is that B.B. was not alive to see it,” said Bonamassa.
Throughout the show, there is a steady rotation of vintage guitars including a 1972 Dan Erlewine custom Flying V named ‘Lucy’, originally owned and played by Freddie King and currently in the collection of actor Steven Seagal.
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This tour was a continuation of the celebration of blues heritage, which began with the 2014 production of Joe Bonamassa – Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks, a tribute to the music of Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. Both tours gave a portion of proceeds to presenting partner Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation, a non-profit organisation Bonamassa founded in 2011 that promotes the heritage of the blues to the next generation, funds music scholarships, and supplements the loss of music education in public schools.
‘Live At The Greek Theatre’ is released on September 23 via J&R Adventures.
This Joe Bonamassa article was written by Neil Stopforth, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Zoe Anderson.