Every once in a while you go to a live show that reminds you why you hauled your ass 60km through traffic, paid exorbitant parking prices, grabbed a fast supper on the go, and gave up some of that extremely precious mid-week sleeping time. Last night’s Joe Bonamassa show at Theatre St-Denis, was one of those shows. Unfortunately, Bonamassa was unavailable for a video interview, but the show spoke for itself.
Blurry-eyed, with coffee in hand, I smile when I think of the number of times during last night’s show that every hair on my arms stood on end; as if giving Joe a standing ovation all of their own. It was nothing short of magical. Bonamassa serenaded the audience while tone-rich melodies dripped from the strings, for an astounding two and a half hours. The only interruptions to the music, were two brief intervals in which he expressed his love for the city and noted that it had been over seven years since his last visit. Over the course of the evening, Bonamassa played over a dozen different guitars, each seemingly more spectacular than the previous. The most interesting one however, was a new Gibson single pick-up Les Paul body, with a Firebird neck; it screamed as much visually as musically. The audience absolutely devoured the set, demonstrating their appreciation with random standing ovations. Bonamassa rewarded the crowd’s appreciation with two encores. Bonamassa provided an amazing evening, and this writer, for one, is hoping that he won’t wait another seven years before sharing his talent with Montrealer’s again.