Topic: Joe's current band
I'll admit to two things:
1) I am an unabashed Joe Bonamassa fan.
2) I am confused as to the status of "Joe's band".
I started following Joe about 6 years ago. I first enjoyed his live performances when he was still touring with many of the international acoustic musicians featured from the Vienna Opera House concert. Joe did a first half of acoustic music then intermission, then Joe did a second half of the show all electric.
I later jumped deeper onto the Joe Bandwagon, catching the Three Kings performance, the British Explosion performance at Red Rocks, two Keeping the Blues Alive cruises (V and VI and joined the live streaming from both the Ryman and Austin City Limits) and most recently his last visit to Red Rocks in his power Trio mode. I have attended probably 6 or 7 other live shows scattered in different venues (primarily California) including a Ryman performance and a Royal Albert show. I own several lithographs and have attended my share of "meet and greets" and own a supply of "JB Merch"
I have grown to love all kinds of Joe related people and information. I will admit my favorite Joe performances involved the big band stage productions common during the Three Kings Touring. I am a nerd fan of Paulie Cerra, Lee Thornburg, Reece Wynans, Michael Rhodes and Anton Fig. I am a fan of Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRay and Juanita Tippons.
I realize Covid restrictions have made a dent in the "regular core band". Joe has liberally substituted more local Nashville talent on newer recordings and tours. I have just learned this is also going to be the case on the upcoming Keeping the Blues Alive VII performances.
My confusion comes in as to what is the actual status of "Joe's Band". The website still lists Paulie, Lee, Reece, Michael and Anton.
To the best of my knowledge Joe hasn't played with that set band line-up for over two years.
I will also admit, I am not on any social media save for a few places like this forum.
1) Has there been any formal announcement of a core band change?
2) Has there been any formal explanation as to why the core band isn't being used?
3) Have any of the core band members made any "here's why I am no longer playing with Joe" announcements?
If any of you have information around these questions I'd appreciate hearing about it. Please don't speculate, I can do that on my own. I am just seeking truthful facts.
I am "old school" enough to dislike being "kept in the dark". I can handle reality. I realize musicians and bands change and that's not a bad thing, I just don't like being surprised by it. From what I understand, Joe does his share of social media content, including his Sirius show, etc. Maybe he's been very communicative about all this and I'm just not connected enough. I'd appreciate any direct source information as you can provide.
Finally, just to be clear, I am a straight-out Joe Bonamassa fan. I am not taking shots at Joe. Just looking for some honest clarity on what happened to the non-Nashville band members currently listed on the official Bonamassa website.