Claude Nobs Is Excited About Joe Bonamassa

When you are the founder of the most historic and long lasting European music festivals, you can say you have seen it all. Claude Nobs the founder Montreux Jazz Festival which just celebrated it’s 44th year is that man.

Claude started the Montreux Jazz Festival back in 1967 along with Géo Voumard and René Langel. Claude was a huge fan of music and wanted to give back to the fans. He started the festival to give fans a different live experience. One in which they can see various performers with different styles. It all came about after a Frank Zappa gig at the Montreux Casino. A fan shot a flare into the ceiling and everything caught on fire. Zappa took his guitar smashed a window and Claude directed the fans out safely. As the members of Deep Purple watched the casino burn a song was born. Deep Purple wrote “Smoke On The Water” about the fire and as Claude says all the details are in the song.

Claude Nobs has seen many performers in his day old and new. He recently stated “Joe Bonamassa is one of the most amazing guitar players I’ve heard in a long time.” Joe performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival on July 13th. Pulling out songs from his new album Black Rock with ripping guitar solos. Claude enjoyed Joe’s performance of his single “Blue and Evil” as the crowd stood and cheered for more. Joe finished his set leaving the crowd wanting more as the amps faded out. Be sure to check out Joe’s new project along side Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, and Derek Sherinian on their Black Country Communion album our 9/21/2010.