The blues licks of acclaimed American blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa are on display for his biggest audience yet in Finland, performing at Hartwall Areena on Sunday 13 Ocotber. A child prodigy who first opened for B. B. King at 12 years of age, Bonamassa has been showcasing his jaw-dropping dexterity around the world for the last couple of decades.
Born into a musical family as the son of a music storeowner and guitar player, Bonamassa received his first instrument at the age of four. As a member Bloodline, a group that included Miles Davis’s son Erin, and Robby Krieger’s son Waylon, Bonamassa enjoyed his first real taste of recording success when the band released their debut album in 1994 as teenagers.
After the arrival of his first solo album, A New Day Yesterday, in 2000, Bonamassa has gone on to record a further fourteen releases. His slow-burning success story culminated in 2009’s The Ballad Of John Henry debuting at number one on the US Billboard blues chart, and remaining there for six months.
His most recent album Driving Towards The Sunlight hit shelves last year, on the receiving end of some glowing reviews. Furthermore, just in case he wasn’t busy enough, he also teamed up with bassist and vocalist Glenn Hughes, drummer Jason Bonham and keyboardist Derek Sherinian formed the supergroup Black Country Communion in 2009.
Bonamassa plays around 200 gigs a year, with this big show following on from his blistering performance at Finlandia Hall last year.