Joe Bonamassa - what's the deal with him?

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  1. aging_rocker

    aging_rocker Friend of Leo's

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    I wouldn't argue with that opinion :twisted:
     
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    I couldn't have said it better, myself. Salient points, per this discussion - thank you.
     
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    Well THAT explains a lot, actually! I didn't know.
     
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    I'm not disagreeing with you here, but... I fail to see what's the problem if the guy likes to play some fast licks in his blues, and his audience digs it too. It's not like he's the first one playing fast lines in the blues anyway. That would be Louis Armstrong and his 1928 x-treme shred take on West End Blues that sent all trumpet players scurrying to the woodshed.
     
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    I don't particularly care for his music but always enjoy his interviews. The way I always look at this is that a guy could have a collection like Joe's and it would be nothing compared to his next door neighbor who owns ones Ferrari and a Ford GT. Nevermind the guy who owns numerous cars, which there are tens of thousands of guys. Or the neighbor who doesn't own any cool cars yet owns his 1.5 million dollar house and belongs to 5 country clubs. Guitars and amps don't come close.
     
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    I should never have opened this thread, read the whole bloody thing.

    Buying guitars can become an issue, I'm the first to admit that I have too many given my limited storage capacities. The thing is though, I bought them with my money, no one elses, which means I see no need to apologise or explain and neither should JB be expected to. His work doesn't really do it for me but we can't please everyone.
     
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    Not a big fan of Mr Bonamassa but he certainly is a great guitar player. I believe that a great majority of these true guitarist that are fortunate to do it for a living have collections that would rival Joe. I’ve read stories of John 5 , Steve Miller, Mike Campbell , etc having huge collections . If I could I would also have a collection like them.
     
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    I've seen the guy three times. He is a marvel and an example of what can happen if 1) you have rare, innate ability with an instrument, and 2) you spend hours a day with that instrument in your hands. Now, I will say this - - Bonamassa, like certain other electric virtuosos, is so mechanically perfect that his work can at times feel "soul-less." It can sound robotic. It's amazing, but it can feel sterile. With Bonamassa, I'm reminded of something I read in a magazine awhile back: more important than what you play is what you don't play. There can be too many notes. Not enough space. Not enough expression. Blistering speed and astounding accuracy don't always add up to something aesthetically pleasing.

    So, will I pay to see Joe again? Probably. Would I sell my soul to have his ability? No. And as for gear, I've always loved looking at all the "guitar porn" at TDPRI and in the magazines. I own more guitars than I can care for. But a few are the real favorites.
     
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    I admire his drive and his ability to get things done from a business perspective and how he's used that to help other musicians and kids. I also admire his gear collection.
     
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    Good grief, any artist who can elicit 17 pages of comments on himself must be doing something right!
     
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    "Woke up this morning, and I didn't know which guitar to play.
    Lord, I woke up this morning, tripped over a case that was in my way."

    EDIT: C'mon people, add some verses to the Bonamassa Blues.
     
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    No it’s not the dude doing anything right, dumb or wrong. It’s just that Joe Boe is a weird trigger that causes guitarists, haters, and fan boys to collide.
     
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    He's an incredibly talented musician on multiple levels. He can country pick on a telecaster or play pure jazz on an L5. And, by the way, he's more of a blues rock player than a blues purist but can, if he chooses to, play great pure blues as well.
     
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    In a February 19th YouTube interview Joe states he has about 45 Les Pauls from 1952-1960. When asked if he has the biggest collection of those years he says, "not even close, I know cats who have hundreds".
     
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    I'm not a fan, his music does nothing for me, but of course he's immensely talented.

    However, those vocals of his? They got to GO.
     
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    I tell you what, the pinnacle of rock and roll...the peak of rebellion and stickin' it to the man...

    is a polo shirt with a tasteful "JB" monogram.
     
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    Seems like a cool guy, but his music to me is just...forgettable, just like Mayer's. I feel those two, as skilled as they are, are missing true grit and authenticity. I know it seems dumb and will probably inflame some folks here considering who those guys both rub elbows with, but just my opinion.
     
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    Clapton and Gilmour have parted with some iconic guitars for charity. Gilmour was dismissive of the need to hold onto to all of his guitars who most would are treasures.

    They sure did....after collecting and owning 'em for 30-40 years....

    Note: This next part is a general response to several comments, not the person I quoted above.

    Bitching about his 'privileged' upbringing and amazing collection IMO is just sad and pathetic. You think you're gonna buy a '59 'Burst or a Blackguard if Joe didn't get to it first? :lol: He didn't start the vintage craze or make this stuff expensive, and he's doing 'em a lot more justice than if they were distributed evenly to bunch of us that would be too scared to take 'em to our local gig or jam.
     
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