Joe Bonamassa to play Boston in May

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Currently on tour in Europe, Joe Bonamassa will return to North America next month for a tour that stops in Massachusetts this spring. Promoting his latest release Driving Toward The Daylight, the guitar virtuoso will perform at Boston’s Citi Wang Theatre on Friday, May 10. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $62.75 to $102.75, are available through the venue’s box office and website.

Driving Toward The Daylight
debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Blues albums chart (his eighth consecutive album to do so) and #23 on the Billboard 200 after its release last May. Recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles and Studio at the Palms in Las Vegas, the blues rock veteran’s tenth studio album was produced by Kevin “Caveman” Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith) and marked their seventh collaboration in six years. Comprised of both original songs and covers, Driving Toward The Daylight features special guest Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. It also includes contributions from Blondie Chaplan (guitar), Anton Fig (drums and percussion), Arlan Schierbaum (keyboard), Michael Rhodes (bass), Carmine Rojas (bass), Jeff Bova and The Bovaland Brass, Pat Thrall (guitar) and Brad’s son Harrison Whitford (guitar).

“We’ve taken some really traditional old blues songs – the Howlin’ Wolf song ‘Who’s Been Talking?’ and the Robert Johnson song ‘Stones In My Passway,’ and we’ve tried to imagine how they would do them in a rock context,” explained Shirley in a press release. “It’s a very exciting return to the blues in a very visceral way. It’s vibrant and it’s gutsy and it’s really, really rugged.”

The video for title track “Driving Towards The Daylight” is streaming below.

Tomorrow, Bonamassa will release An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House. Available as 2-CD set or on DVD and Blu-ray, it captures his first-ever entirely acoustic concert at the venerable Vienna Opera House in 2012 with a global ensemble put together by longtime creative partner Kevin Shirley.

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