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Joe Bonamassa Covers Clapton, Beck and Led Zeppelin on 'British Blues Explosion Live'

Joe Bonamassa will release British Blues Explosion Live, a new DVD, Blu-Ray and CD (vinyl too, by the way), May 18 via J&R Adventures. The release represents the guitarist's live tribute to his main British six-string heroes, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, all of whom had a hand in shaping what we've come to know as modern blues and blues-inspired rock.

The performance was shot and recorded during Bonamassa's July 7, 2016, show at Greenwich Music Time at the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, London, part of his all-too-brief 2016 "British blues explosion" tour of the U.K.

In the official trailer below, you can watch Bonamassa and his band—Michael Rhodes (bass), Reese Wynans (keyboards), Anton Fig (drums) and Russ Irwin (guitar)—play bits of Clapton's "Mainline Florida" and "Pretending," plus Led Zeppelin's "How Many More Times." That night, the band also performed Beck's "Plynth (Water Down the Drain)" and "Spanish Boots," Led Zeppelin's "Boogie with Stu," "Tea for One" and "I Can't Quit You Baby," Cream's "SWLABR" and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers' "Double Crossing Time" and "Little Girl." You can see a complete track list below.

"If it weren't for certain British musicians of the early Sixties, the blues may very well never have exploded into rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history," Bonamassa said in a press release.

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British Blues Explosion Live Track List:
1. Beck's Bolero/Rice Pudding
2. Mainline Florida
3. Boogie with Stu
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Plynth (Water Down the Drain)
6. Spanish Boots
7. Double Crossing Time
8. Motherless Children
10. Tea for One/I Can't Quit You Baby
11. Little Girl
12. Pretending
13. Black Winter/Django
14. How Many More Times

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.