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MARK TAYLOR'S BIG CITY NIGHTS
JOE BONAMASSA: SIAM PAVALI THEATER, BANGKOK, THAILAND
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.
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.
Palm Trees, Helicopters And Gasoline
Driving Towards Daylight
Woke Up Dreaming
Who's Been Talking
The Ballad Of John Henry
Song Of Yesterday
Look Over Yonder's Wall
Young Man's Blues