325 (edited by samjp4 2016-03-23 12:56:49)

Re: To all the Newbies

kljgray wrote:
tlchristin wrote:

I'm not a new fan but new to the forum.  My son and I saw Joe B live in Richmond, Virginia.  We went together to hear him not long after my husband died in a tragic accident.  My husband was a ridiculous blues fan and loved Joe long before I knew his name.  He had promised to take me to the concert for my birthday but sadly didn't live to fulfill that promise, so my son did it!  Needless to say the evening was amazing and a memorable night for us both. I cried that night, and I sure do understand the blues these days...but I know somewhere Mike was watching and loved it!  I hope Joe comes back to Richmond some day!  He has a fan for life!

Hello tlchristin:

I am new to the forum and your post really touched my heart.  I lost my husband to a very aggressive form of cancer a year and a half ago.  After months of feeling like I’d never experience joy again, I discovered Joe Bonamassa (Live at the Vienna Opera House) one night on my local PBS station.  Within a month I bought a ticket to the Detroit show; I went by myself and had the time of my life. 

I’m so glad your son took you to the Richmond show so you could experience Joe live.  I can personally attest to the healing power of music.  Joe’s music in particular has been a salve for me – it simply makes me smile (and dance) again.  I honestly am not sure any other artist could have brought me out of the malaise and debilitating grief. 

So far in less than one year I’ve seen Joe at the Fox Theatre, Red Rocks and the Blues Cruise.  Joe’s fans are the absolute best people in the world!  They’re so inclusive, love to share the joy and are NOT music snobs.  I feel less alone in the world knowing there are others who feel so passionately about Joe’s music. 

All the best to you tlchristin.  Keep finding comfort in music, especially Joe’s.  I’m sure both of our husbands would be pleased to know we’ve found shared joy with others.

KellyG

I have been a fan of Joe's since 2004 - my (at the time) 22 year old son introduced me to his music and even back then his music had the ability to amaze and was just so special.  I had been a huge fan of so many of "the" bands back in the late sixties and seventies, and later SRV but none of them ever affected me as much as Joe has.  Thru the years that followed I would go see him every chance I could, and when rumors started circulating about a show at the Royal Albert Hall happening I decided it was time to get over my fear of flying because there was no chance I was going to miss that one and I made it (in the front row no less due to thoughtfulness of a fellow fan whom I had not even met except on this forum).  That trip was the start of a whole new world full of friends for me that I travel quite frequently to see to this day, and also opened up a world of wonderful music that I never would have found without them.

How does this tie in with what happened to you two ladies?  Well, my husband died last May after a pretty brief illness due to a very aggressive liver cancer.  We had been together for almost 45 years (3/4's of my life).  Him and I had gone to many concerts together over the years but in recent years he just wouldn't go - he had developed a fear of crowded buildings, and so I never did get him to go see Joe in person but he practically wore out my RAH DVD and got such a kick out of seeing me and our son in the front row in little snippets here and there.  When he became ill I received so much moral support from people I know from here and it got me thru some very rough days, and that love and support is here whenever I need it.  One of my best friends lives in the UK (and who I met at the RAH show) and I go and visit with her once or twice a year and we have a marvelous time together (after my husband's death last year I "ran away" to her place for some much needed me-time and healing, followed by a booster shot in November with the mid-Atlantic folks from the Baltimore area that was also much needed).  They, and Joe's music, have kept me sane.  We may not see each other that often, but they are only an email or a phone call away.  Or a post on here.  The other thing that kept me sane thru a lot of this has been my renewed interest in photography, nurtured in part due to the fact that Joe was so good about allowing photography at his shows most of the time.  Now it is time to teach my grandson about good music.  His Dad is the one who introduced me to Joe's music so he has a good start.  "Joe Massa" (as Ben calls him) is already familiar to him at the ripe old age of 2.  I can't wait to take him to his first Joe concert someday.

Welcome to this forum to both of you.  I am so sorry for your losses, and I hope that Joe and this place can help you work thru some of your grief.  This is a very special place.

Sandy

"There's a lot of people that are in so much of a hurry to be, I guess, to be famous or that they don't want to take the time to learn to play and do all that.They'd rather just knock it down off a computer and maybe get on a game show and get famous..That's fine if that's what you want to do.
"We're more old school than that. We like creating the sounds."  - Tom Petty

Re: To all the Newbies

cathysiler wrote:

Wow! New members are coming at record rates..Welcome!! As I'm sure you've noticed, we (forum members), do try to give each of you a warm welcome. If we've missed anyone, sorry! Just want you to know we are all equals. Your opinions and ideas are valuable. Don't worry about proper grammar, spelling or any of that..We're international and just glad we can communicate in the shared language of Joe. Number of posts also means nothing. Many of those are greetings to new members. Best of all you can't be too Joe obsessed! It is encouraged here! Again, welcome. Take some time to read past threads. I'm old, well versed in music and yet have learned more on this site than any other resource!  Cathy

Thanks for the welcome! Love Joe  and looking forward to his next show coming up in August in Omaha!

Shirley Lust

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If anyone can tell me why I'm not finding a place to buy tickets for his show in Omaha in August would be very helpful.
I bought tickets way in advance last year and the year prior but I'm having a hard time this year so far. They don't even show them at the venue he'll be playing! What's up with that? I want to see him again! He is so awesome to watch playing guitar!

Shirley Lust

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Re: To all the Newbies

Thank you kind folks for the  welcome!!!
Ben addicted to Joe for 10 years:) Lately my poison has been The Carnegie acoustic dvd & cd set!!
Waiting for announcements for the Fall 2018 tour!! Pretty sure he's coming back to Ohio!!
some day, way down the road, people will be saying they wished they had the opportunity to see Bonamassa Live!!
Glad to say I did!!
Best to all, pappy

Re: To all the Newbies

Hi and welcome to you both. Enjoy a great and friendly forum. Also all things Joe. big_smile

On the journey of life, I chose the psycho path.
Like a bird on the wire, Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free.
Come on the Blades (sorry Idolbone just had to borrow your line)

Re: To all the Newbies

Just a post to say welcome to new members here and future. i don't always get to reply to individual intro threads but glad to have y'all here.

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Update on the Fall 2018 Tour, We were lucky to find some front row seats for The November 7 show here in Columbus, Ohio!!
Not wishing for Winter to get here too soon, but c-mon November!!
Have been listening to "Redemption" continually for the past 2 weeks:) Wondering if they'll open up with "Evil Mama"? I also hope he does "Stronger Now in Broken Places."
Anyhows, wishing everyone the Best!!
Go Joe, Go!!




pappy17 wrote:

Thank you kind folks for the  welcome!!!
Ben addicted to Joe for 10 years:) Lately my poison has been The Carnegie acoustic dvd & cd set!!
Waiting for announcements for the Fall 2018 tour!! Pretty sure he's coming back to Ohio!!
some day, way down the road, people will be saying they wished they had the opportunity to see Bonamassa Live!!
Glad to say I did!!
Best to all, pappy

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Hi all, I'm Mike from Netherlands.
I'm a decent guitarist who's been playing for about 10 years, mostly "jam band" style. I can "get by" in many different styles like blues, funk, and country but to me there is a big difference between playing a GREAT solo in a blues context, and playing a GREAT BLUES solo. In my beginning days I read many a book/article and watched many a video about blues guitar, learned 12 bar blues, other structures, pentatonics, blue notes, call and response, shuffles, all the stuff everyone knows makes blues blues. But I want to take my blues to the next level, I want my melodies to participate in the language and long history of this style. I can play really "bluesy" licks but they don't feel truly authentic. What I'm looking for is a resource, a book or video series or something, that will introduce me to some of these licks that have been passed down and altered through the years. I know the most legit way of doing this is by learning actual blues songs by ear but I don't feel like I'm yet immersed enough into the tradition to really know what songs are the most useful to learn. All help is super appreciated

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asclermike wrote:

Hi all, I'm Mike from Netherlands.
I'm a decent guitarist who's been playing for about 10 years, mostly "jam band" style. I can "get by" in many different styles like blues, funk, and country but to me there is a big difference between playing a GREAT solo in a blues context, and playing a GREAT BLUES solo. In my beginning days I read many a book/article and watched many a video about blues guitar, learned 12 bar blues, other structures, pentatonics, blue notes, call and response, shuffles, all the stuff everyone knows makes blues blues. But I want to take my blues to the next level, I want my melodies to participate in the language and long history of this style. I can play really "bluesy" licks but they don't feel truly authentic. What I'm looking for is a resource, a book or video series or something, that will introduce me to some of these licks that have been passed down and altered through the years. I know the most legit way of doing this is by learning actual blues songs by ear but I don't feel like I'm yet immersed enough into the tradition to really know what songs are the most useful to learn. All help is super appreciated

Hi Mike: I'm  wondering why there hasn't been an avalanche of folk say "watch any of Joe B's performances"... and I'm  not sure if Joe hasn't any tutorial clips out there on YouTube or FaceBook like most other artists. I'm not sure what direction you  want to take your Blues, rock it up a bit, light jazz or rootsy, I guess that's up to you to  find your best fit... I know Matt Schofield and Aynsley  Lister both have some solid tutorials out there, or you  could try this guy - I've heard he's a bit good...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KrM66h2dTWY

Anyway, good luck...

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