Published on August 20th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


A Look At Joe Bonamassa’s Summer 2022 Tour With Kenny Wayne Shepherd & Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening

A few months prior to the COVID-19 pandemic in late 2019, I wrote the following about Joe Bonamassa: “Bonamassa has packed three consecutive nights at the Beacon Theatre this month. With a listed capacity of 2,894 attendees, that means Joe Bonamassa will be drawing well over 8,000 concertgoers to his late 2019 Beacon Theatre shows in New York. If someone is able to fill the Beacon Theatre three times in as many days — without an opener or co-headliner — why not a five-show stand? Or a 10-show stand?… Bonamassa has all of the tools needed to create that destination of a live show.”

Fast forward a few years and Joe Bonamassa is headlining Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, New York — about 40 miles from the Beacon Theatre — which has a listed capacity of 15,000. Part of an 11-date tour across the United States, Bonamassa’s Summer 2022 run also included a two-night stop at the iconic Red Rocks Amphitheatre, as recorded for a future DVD. Touring in support of Time Clocks, reportedly his 25th #1 Billboard Blues Album, the tour also featured performances from The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band and Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.

Per the show seen tonight at Jones Beach? Joe Bonamassa not only delivered the hits one would expect, but also the full aforementioned Time Clocks album. Kenny Wayne Shepherd also performed a hits-filled set before closing with Jimi Hendrix classic “Voodoo Child (Slight Return).” First of three, Jason Bonham and band, delivered a set which mixed Led Zeppelin hits and favored deep cuts. Altogether, fans experienced a show rooted in both top-notch blues-rock and guitar virtuosity. Without question, Bonamassa manages to simultaneously be a relatable performer and a modern-day guitar great.

Last month, Joe Bonamassa announced dates for his Spring 2023 tour, which is set to kick off on February 15, 2023 in Charleston, West Virginia. The tour is intended to hit 16 cities in the U.S. before wrapping March 11, 2023 in St. Augustine, Florida. Before then, Bonamassa is set to host the second annual Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea: Mediterranean cruise from August 23 through 28, 2022, as setting sail from Athens, Greece with ports in Mykonos and Kusadasi, Turkey, and featuring a hefty lineup including Keb’Mo’, Tommy Emmanuel, Walter Trout, Marc Broussard, and Samantha Fish. More on all things Bonamassa, tour dates included, can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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About the Author

Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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