Words and photos by Els Durnford
It was a not-so-spooky Halloween for those who ventured out to the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa on Oct. 31. As many got dressed up for trick or treating, an intimate crowd gathered for Joe Bonamassa and his legendary guitar playing (Though I did see a few backstage crew in Incredibles costumes).
The American blues rock guitarist has a long history in the industry, which all started when he began opening up shows for musicians like B.B. King at age 12. Though the crowd was one of the smallest I’ve seen, the audience were clearly big fans of Joe and therefore were treated to the most intimate of shows possible for an area that size. Roaring and applauding every solo, and standing to dance and cheer as he played through his setlist, they clearly knew Bonamassa and were excited to be there.
Joe’s band is also extremely impressive and have a rich musical history. Drummer Anton Fig played in David Letterman’s CBS Orchestra for nearly thirty years as well as having recorded with legends like James Brown, Bob Dylan and Mick Jagger. While the trumpet player Lee Thornburg was a member of Supertramp.
All in all, Ottawa got all of the treats and none of the tricks on this Halloween. The crowd had an intimate experience with Joe Bonamassa and his band and they were able to really mingle with other fans and industry folk before the show. Plus they got a great night of blues rock with a guitar legend.
- King Bee Shakedown
- Evil Mama
- Just ‘Cos You Can Don’t Mean You Should
- Self-Inflicted Wounds
- I Get Evil (Albert King cover)
- Little Girl (John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers cover)
- No Good Place for the Lonely
- How Deep This River Runs
- Breaking Up Somebody’s Home (Albert King cover)
- Slow Train
- Nobody Loves Me but My Mother (B.B. King cover)
- Boogie With Stu (Led Zeppelin cover)
- Last Kiss
- Encore: Mountain Time