For all the Joe Bonamassa haters out there-

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  1. trxx

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    I'm not a hater. He's a really good technical player. But I never heard anything from him that I would put into my regular listening rotation, which consists of 99% songs.
     
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    Cool song. Never heard it before. Had a "Steppin' Out" vibe going. I have no strong opinion on Bonamassa--other than it's good to hear that he's a good guy. We can never have too many of those.

     
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    I don't know what's not to like about Joe Bonamassa. He is the keeper of the torch and dedicated to this type of music. Perhaps born out of his time you might say, but he is into it for the right reasons in my opinion. Yes, he might sound like Jeff Beck, Clapton, or whatever 60's or 70's heavyweight at times, but those guys always tried to capture the style of the guitar hero's that inspired them. I appreciate the guy.
     
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    You gotta want to like such a talented player such as Joe (and can't hate him), but he is missing the soul of music. I own and loved that Deep Purple album when it first came out. This was a meh cover to me too. Couldn't even listen to the whole song. As mentioned, not enough air between notes, which to me is a lack of respect to the music. The analogy of Joe to PRS is right on ... nice on the surface, but no soul within.

    Somehow, as I think more about it, his guitar collection has no soul either.
     
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    Whatever you think of Joe’s playing abilities, ya have to admit he has good taste in gear...

     
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    First of all, I don't get posting a cover to prove talent, it's like every cover of little wing to somehow equate the player with Hendrix. It just doesn't work.
    If Joe had somehow written Lazy that mediocre achievement would be interesting but rehashing Blackmore's 49 year old riffs (that were rehash's of Eric's) isn't.

    I think Joe has created a wonderful career for himself in a business where the survival rate is abysmal. His towering achievement is probably spending money on guitars and not cocaine. Young musicians could learn a lot from his business sense and his marketing prowess. I'm thankful for his contributions to PBS and amazed that my local station can sell out his tickets to shows in both Toronto and Buffalo.

    He's a technically gifted player who one day may have something to say, It's only been thirty years so there's still time.
     
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    Very wonderfully said.
     
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    @8barlouie - are you equating not liking his music with hating him?

    I'm not sure if you are or are not.

    But I see that false equivalency pop up a lot in Joe threads.

    I get it. Some people pile on unkindly and unnecessarily.

    By the same token, saying I don't like his music or approach is not the same as hating him.

    Many Joe B. fans seem to confuse the two.
     
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    My first thought was that intro is too Deep Purpley to me. I don't know much DP, so there's that.

    I wanted to see/hear some Brad Whitford more than anything, so I watched. Pleasantly surprised to see Anton Fig too. Bonus.

    His songs always seem to turn into the same boring song. I can live with being dead. ;)
     
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    The playing on that has alot of feeling and soul to it, which is what I miss when I listen to technical players. I never was a fan of Clapton's electric albums, but that stuff there. Wooo.
     
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    He's that guy on West Wing, right?
     
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    Yawn.
     
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    I've got nothing against him personally. His playing is exceptionally standard, never, as far as I've heard, stepping out of the standard idioms of the Yardbirds School of Guitar. He plays the idiom well, and completely without imagination. Ok, I see it now. Maybe I do hate him.

    Edit to add: Mr. Bonamassa, if you're reading this, the "hate" part was a joke. I'd love to meet up sometime and geek out about guitars. (You might want to study Louis Armstrong's phrasing to liven things up.)
     
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    I think he's great and do not hate him in the least. But I like watching his interviews much more than listening to his playing. As good as he can play, it doesn't move me or hold my attention. Yngwie's great too, and I don't like listening to his playing either. It's just a matter of personal taste.
     
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    Started off like Vanilla Fudge then about three minutes in it was Boston’s “Smokin”. Pretty tasty to me.
     
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    I bought a couple of his albums on a personal recommendation. I really wanted to love the music like my friend does but was never moved by his playing like I am with Clapton, Allman, Betts, Richards, SRV etc To be fair but I’ve been listening to those guys for 40 years (except SRV, of course).
    I think JB is a good guitar player. I think I’ll give my 2 albums another spin (figurative spin, that is).
    Also, I don’t understand the “hate” if that’s what it is.
     
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    I'm not exactly a hater, but when the guy started calling himself a "blues legend" I had to laugh. Still laughing. I put him right up there with "Duelling Tubas". If he's ever able to communicate with the guitar like Roy Buchannon or Jimmy Hendrix, then maybe I'll come around.
     
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    I don't hate the guy either tho his playing is not definitely not my cuppa. I find it pretty derivative, dull and lacking in emotion.

    I much prefer this gentleman's playing - sure there's usually some staple licks tho I find it hard hitting, melodic, exciting and really suits the song(s).

     
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