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Joe Bonamassa was in Thailand to perform his first ever show in the City Of Angels, in a venue which is situated on the top floor of a very lavish shopping centre, with Bonamassa offering his very own brand of the blues. The audience was split evenly with young knowledgeable young Thai's and older expats dying for some fresh Western blues as normally it's only Eic Clapton bringing his rapidly getting slower hand to this country.

Surprisingly starting the show sitting on a stool out front with acoustic in hand, Bonamassa plucked out five songs including Bad Company's Seagull, the title track of his latest album, 'Driving Towards Daylight' and a fine twangy solo on 'Woke Up Dreaming'.

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Then it was down to the serious business of the electric with 'Sloe Train' and 'Dust Bowl' raising the ante. The man in suit and shades cooly delivered Gary Moore's 'Midnight Blues' but his own material shines the best with 'The Ballad Of John Henry' featuring some heavy slide and the track he wrote for Black Country Communion, 'Song Of Yesterday' was palatial.

Bonamasa thanked the crowd twice for giving him the chance to play in Thailand for the first time. Although like many first time visitors here he had visions that the streets were full of vice when in fact it's a very upcoming cosmopoliton city.

Bonamassa joked: "When I called my mother this morning and said I was in Bangkok, her reply was 'Oh Dear!'" The Thai's welcomed Joe's message.

joe bonamassa

A funky version of Freddie King's 'Look Over Yonders Wall' ended with an exquisite solo trailing off into silence where Bonamassa joked "That's it", followed by Beck's 'Blues Deluxe' which kept the purists happy.

A heavy strutting of 'Young Man's Blues' was complimented by the pounding drum solo of Tal Bergman. The encore of 'Sloe Gin' was topped by ZZ's 'Just Got Paid' which segued into a snatch of Whitesnake's 'Still Of The Night' and Led Zep's 'Dazed And Confused' which had everyone giving a standing ovation.

Set list:

Palm Trees, Helicopters And Gasoline
Dislocated Boy
Driving Towards Daylight
Woke Up Dreaming
Slow Train
Dust Bowl
Who's Been Talking
Midnight Blues
The Ballad Of John Henry
Song Of Yesterday
Look Over Yonder's Wall
Blues Deluxe
Young Man's Blues
Mountain Time

Sloe Gin
Just Got Paid

Review of the Hammersmith, London show 2011.




Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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