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Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House

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A great concert by 5 very talented musicians. I hadn't heard of Joe Bonamassa before this, but he's well worth a listen. This was a concert I'd have paid to see.

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Hailed worldwide as one of the greatest guitar players of his generation, Joe Bonamassa has almost single-handedly redefined the blues-rock genre and brought it into the mainstream. He continues this role with his first-ever entirely acoustic concert, recorded at the venerable Vienna Opera House with a global ensemble put together by longtime creative partner Kevin Shirley.

Bonamassa – a predominantly electric guitar player – was ready for a complete departure from his usual projects. For years, he had been wowing audiences with his flagship acoustic song “Woke Up Dreaming,” which has become an iconic staple of his world tour and a fan favorite. Building on the popularity of this song, Bonamassa and producer Shirley set out to design an entirely new and intimate “unplugged” concert experience that they would then bring to seven lucky cities in Europe during summer 2012. They recorded the performance in Vienna— the “City of Music” — at the Vienna Opera House, a culturally iconic venue steeped in history and heritage, making it the perfect backdrop for this unprecedented show.

“To say this was a challenge is an understatement,” said Bonamassa. “To say this was a departure from anything I had ever done before is an even bigger understatement. I can say with full certainty that it was the most enjoyable tour I have ever done. On this tour I really learned the virtues of my singing lessons over the years. Take away those long guitar solos, all that sustain and that big Gibson sound and what is left leaves you no option but to dig deep and sing until you can't sing anymore.”

An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House features gorgeously textured music – 20 songs, filmed in HD and recorded in Dolby 5.1 – made with a wealth of rare, vintage, organic and “oddball” instruments. The DVD and Blu-ray will feature 90 minutes of extra footage, interviews and a making-of documentary. Highlights among the 20 songs include favourites that span Bonamassa’s career—“The Ballad of John Henry,” “Woke Up Dreaming,” “Ball Peen Hammer,” “Sloe Gin,” and “Mountain Time”—including many he doesn’t normally perform live, such as “Athens to Athens,” “Black Lung Heartache,” “Jelly Roll,” “Around The Bend,” “Jockey Full of Bourbon,” “Seagull,” and “Richmond.”

Accompanying Bonamassa on the same stage once graced by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Brahms, Mahler, and Haydn are: traditional Irish fiddler Gerry O’Connor, who also plays mandolin and banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester on the nyckelharpa, a keyed fiddle; Los Angeles-based keyboardist Arlan Schierbaum texturing the mix with celeste, accordions, toy pianos, and assorted “organic” instruments; and renowned Puerto Rican percussionist Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Steely Dan, Christopher Cross, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.

Track Listing:

Disc 1:
  1. Arrival
  2. Palm Trees, Helicopters and Gasoline
  3. Jelly Roll
  4. Dust Bowl
  5. Around The Bend
  6. Slow Train
  7. Athens To Athens
  8. From The Valley
  9. The Ballad Of John Henry
  10. Dislocated Boy
  11. Driving Towards the Daylight
  12. High Water Everywhere
  13. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
  14. Richmond
  15. Stones In My Passway
  16. Ball Peen Hammer
  17. Black Lung Heartache
  18. Mountain Time
  19. Woke Up Dreaming
  20. Sloe Gin
  21. Seagull
  22. Goodnight Vienna (Credits)
Disc 2:
  1. On The Road "The Making Of..." 40:06
  2. An Acoustic Evening "Voices" 43:33
Release date NZ
March 22nd, 2013
Language
English
Country of Production
  • USA
Movie Format
  • Blu-ray
Blu-ray Region
  • Region B
Edition
  • Standard Edition
Original Release Year
2013
Box Dimensions (mm)
136x171x11
UPC
804879444442
Product ID
21207992

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