Guitarist and showman Joe Bonamassa plays rare power trio concert in Clearwater on Monday

Unlike Clapton, JoeBo will practice social distancing in order to perform live again.

click to enlarge Guitarist and showman Joe Bonamassa plays rare power trio concert in Clearwater on Monday

What kind of amazing stories can you tell from when you were 12 years old? Did you ever open a few shows for B.B. King? How about finding yourself jamming with Stephen Stills once or twice? One of Utica, New York’s favorite sons did both.

Anti-guitar hero Joe Bonamassa talks idols, new album and more before two-night Clearwater stand

Guitar god Joe Bonamassa recently announced that he was preparing to do a test run of live shows down South before finishing a tour that COVID-19 paused last year. One stop on the brief run is this return to Clearwater’s Ruth Eckerd Hall, a venue that the man behind “Love Ain’t A Love Song” has torn down at least nine times in the last 11 years.

This isn’t going to be your average JoeBo show, either: His March 29 performance at the Hall will showcase his “Blues Rock Power Trio,” with which Bonamassa very seldom shreds with. Joining him in this trio is “Late Night With David Letterman” drummer Anton Fig, and Pulp bassist Steve Mackey—the latter of whom does not play in Bonamassa’s regular backing band while on tour.

Tickets are only being sold in pairs, which is why a starting price of $137 is totally understandable. Like with all shows that have happened since Ruth Eckerd Hall’s reopening (and unlike anti-lockdown guitar hero Eric Clapton), all safety precautions will remain in place, which includes a strict mask mandate, and temperature checks powered by XONAR Technology upon entry.

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Josh Bradley

Josh Bradley is Creative Loafing Tampa's resident live music freak. He started freelancing with the paper in 2020 at the age of 18, and has since covered, announced, and previewed numerous live shows in Tampa Bay. Check the music section in print and online every week for the latest in local live music.
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