Joe Bonamassa announces New England shows

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Joe Bonamassa will return to the road later this month for a nationwide tour. The guitar virtuoso will make his way to New England next month for a series of shows, including stops in Rhode Island and New Hampshire.

On Thursday, May 22, Bonamassa will perform at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $52 to $82, are now on sale through the venue’s box office and website. He’ll close out the tour at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom on Friday, May 25. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $52 to $100, are now on sale Ticketmaster. Other New England stops on the tour include Hartford, Connecticut (May 19 at the Bushnell) and Portland, Maine (May 23 at the Merrill Auditorium).

Bonamassa will be touring in support of his forthcoming album, Driving Toward The Daylight. Comprised of both original songs and covers, the blues rock veteran’s tenth studio album features guitar work from Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford. Driving Toward The Daylight, which will be released on May 22, also includes guest spots 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). It follows 2011’s Dust Bowl, which featured special guests John Hiatt, Vince Gill and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple, and became his seventh consecutive album to debut at #1 on Billboard’s Blues Albums chart.

To promote the new album, Bonamassa has started a weekly YouTube series called “Countdown to Daylight,” which features interviews and behind the scenes footage from the recording process. The first episode is steaming below.

For Bonamassa, the past couple of years have been ver active. Last year, he recorded and toured with rock supergroup Black Country Communion, which is comprised of Bonamassa, Hughes, Jason Bonham and Derek Sherinian. The group released their second album, 2, last June. In September, he and Beth Hart released their collaborative album, Don’t Explain.

Earlier this year, Bonamassa released a new DVD/ Blu-ray concert film “Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre – Live Fom New York”. The film showcases footage from his two sold out shows at the legendary theatre last November. It features special guests Paul Rodgers, Beth Hart and John Hiatt. The 2-disc set includes a bonus disc of special features with two extra songs, behind the scenes footage and photo gallery.

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