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Joe Bonamassa - what's the deal with him?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Ryan0594, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. ast370

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    also now I'm gonna go buy a shirt and his newest record just because i can :lol:
     
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    and while we are at this... let's add PRS guitars to the thread. More than two birds with one stone.
     
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    Who?
     
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    I'm always puzzled at how the mention of him in forums brings so much debate. He's basically relic'd guitars in human form. Lol


    His music is not my cup of tea, but more power to ya if it's yours. As far as his collection? I certainly don't begrudge him for that. If I woke tomorrow and my bank account suddenly had many more zeros after the amount, I would be doing the EXACT same thing.
     
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    Not a big fan of his music but Joe seems like a really good guy. Genuine about his love for gear and preserving its history. He’s also pretty free about sharing his knowledge and access to his gear. He earned everything he has through hard work, practice & intelligence.
     
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    I wonder if he’s ever been scammed? You know, Uncle Joe’s estate left an old guitar, hardly played, under the bed wrapped in a sheet kind of thing?

    Nah, he has ‘people’ to authenticate before he buys, I’m sure....
     
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    Have you not read on the “bonnaseum”?!?! He collects this stuff so it can go to different places and be shown, even at his homes, and he does play the stuff, but it’s of historical value to him and other musicians, so he shares the stuff!
     
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    He basically grew up in a music store and has been collecting forever.
    He is those 'people'.
     
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    Dust Bowl is his only radio-ready song I know, or I should say, his only song I've heard on the radio, and he does PBS fundraising concerts, but he plays really REALLY well, and speaks at length on the gear and it seems, mostly politely and patiently. I imagine my excess gear would increase without the limiting factor of a near-zero budget.
     
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    I guess he's just a collector or is he a hoarder. Is there a difference?
     
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    He works really, really -- REALLY -- hard. Let's not forget that part.
     
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    Joe is way above the type of collector that collects Kurt Cobain's cardigan. Hendrix's strat is sitting in a glass case in a bank vault somewhere. It was bought by the CEO of Microsoft for 2million so he could (try to) look cool. At least Joe appreciates and plays his collection..and he has put the guitar practice in, four decades and counting.
     
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    Cant wait for the follow up "My Dads better than your Dad thread"
     
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    I haven't read the whole thread, yet, so my apologies if this is a repeat, but in my opinion, JB is a very talented guitar player, BUT, nothing he plays has any soul to it. No feeling at all. Nothing. For pop, that's ok. But for blues, which he is most closely associated, it's a requirement. Also, he has no direction; he's all over the map. He would make a great session player, and that's about it. Again, in MY opinion.

    Fire away.
     
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    Ridiculous. Criticize when you can do better. Check out Blues deluxe on Blues deluxe. He smokes jeff becks version. As for equipment, That is what guitarists do. We buy vintage gutars and amps and pedals etc. It is an addiction. Pretty sure he will hve a Joe B museum when he retires or passes away. I have only one complaint, he plays too loud. Not his fault. He is on stage playig a nice volume thru small Blues Fender amps... about 22 watts. But the sound man cranks the mains up to ridiculous volume as is often the case with Soundmen. I always complain to the Manager and often scold the sound man asking them to take off heir earphones and hear how ****ing loud it is. Stupid loud and painfully loud. No excuse.
     
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    I've seen JB twice. In smaller venues years ago. As he's progressed in his career I've noticed his albums and "sound" has gotten more "processed". Great player and showman, yeah. Soulful? Meh....
     
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    Go to one of his shows . . . he takes those priceless instruments and amps on the road . . . it's a treat to see and hear and I applaud him for doing that. And remember that it's his money and he can do what he wants with it; so I'm grateful that he spends as he does and doesn't lock those bursts etc away, never to be seen nor heard by thousands of people
     
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    Uh look see..Tom petty to Mike Campbell, Neil Young, Keef.... Every blues rock major act out there has it all.... So would I.
     
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    At the very least, he is not a rapper.
    az
     
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