Joe Bonamassa: “Being semi-retired for a year and a half has given me a new lease of life”

Joe Bonamassa
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Joe Bonamassa is Zooming Total Guitar from his tour bus, California’s Interstate 5 rumbling under its wheels. “We’re popping our head up,” he says. “Remembering what it was like in the good old days. Then maybe we’ll get whacked back down. But we’ll get through the summer run, at least.”

Whatever the future may hold, for now this guitar great can resume the relentless concert work that’s helped make his name. But the recent enforced moratorium on live music seems to have changed him. 

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Grant Moon

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog magazine and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, Big Big Train - Between The Lines, is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.