With his most recent album Live at the Greek Theatre still fresh in the minds of fans, Joe Bonamassa heads up the California coast for two nights at The Warfield in San Francisco, Oct. 19-20 (click here or here for tickets). The dates are part of an extensive North American fall tour that keeps the blues guitarist on the road from September through December. Presale for both Warfield shows begins at 10 a.m. PDT on Tuesday, April 4, with an official on-sale set for Friday, April 17, at 10 a.m. PDT.
Live at the Greek Theatre is billed as Bonamassa’s tribute to the three “Kings” of the blues—Freddie, Albert and B.B.—and although he tackles songs made famous by the trio, standards like “Hideaway,” “Born Under a Bad Sign” or “The Thrill is Gone” are buried at the end of the second disc. Instead, Bonamassa puts the deep cuts up front, including Freddie’s 1962 single “Sittin’ on the Boat Dock” and Albert’s 1976 R&B hit “Cadillac Assembly Line.” The song that gets an 11-minute workout isn’t one of B.B.’s classics from Live at the Regal; rather, it’s “Hummingbird,” a song he recorded on 1970’s Indianola Mississippi Seeds and later duetted with Dionne Warwick and John Mayer on separate versions in the 1990s and 2000s.
“You celebrate the masters,” Bonamassa told the Los Angeles Times in 2015. “If I can be successful at celebrating the masters, I can walk away a happy person. I’m by no means comparing myself to these people. It’s celebrating music I really enjoy.”
Bonamassa’s busy 2017 includes a number of red-letter dates, including back-to-back nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall later this month, a date at Red Rocks Amphitheatre (click here for tickets) in August, three nights at New York’s Beacon Theatre in September and an appearance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia, a venue typically reserved for orchestral performances. His full touring schedule can be found at his website.