“The audience are hypnotized, breathing in every note as if it was their last, savoring the moment.” – Metal Planet Music
Exactly 13 years and one day ago, on 4th May 2009 Joe Bonamassa played this iconic venue for the first time. On the night of that first show, he said something along the lines of “This show will either be the last show of my career, or the first show of the rest of my career”, luckily for us here tonight it proved to be the latter.
During that debut show he was joined on stage by his hero, Eric Clapton, who himself has performed over 200 times on the Royal Albert Hall stage. Born in New Hartford, New York on 8th May 1977, he started playing guitar at the age of four.
By the time he’d reached twelve years old he was opening for B.B. King. He’s gone on to record 15 studio albums, with the most recent being ‘Time Clocks’ which was released during October 2021. A little bit of trivia, the artwork for the album was done by Hugh Syme who has previously designed album covers for Rush, Aerosmith, and Whitesnake.