Fifty years ago, British guitar gods Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page crisscrossed the U.S. with their respective bands, reintroducing Americans to a hip new version of what was essentially their own music—the blues. Two years ago, American blues-rock dynamo Joe Bonamassa did pretty much the same thing—but with an intercontinental twist. He and his band set off on a barnstorming U.K. tour that brought some of the most influential music of Clapton, Beck and Page back home.
Night after sold-out night, Bonamassa opened up the engines, completely blowing the doors off deep cuts like Led Zeppelin’s “Tea for One,” Cream’s “SWLABR” and Jeff Beck’s “Let Me Love You Baby”—even venturing into Seventies and late-Eighties territory with Clapton’s “Motherless Children” and “Pretending.” And while Bonamassa has performed—and even recorded—some of these tunes before, this was the first time he’d ever based an entire tour on the music of this transcendent trio.
‘British Blues Explosion Live’ is a Double CD with over 1.5 hours of sensational music, plus a collectible 20 page booklet.