“A cinematic celebration of Joe’s music, a testament to his unparalleled standing in the blues-rock realm”: Joe Bonamassa plays with 40-piece orchestra on new live album

Joe Bonamassa performs live
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Joe Bonamassa will release his Hollywood Bowl show, which saw him playing classics and covers with an orchestra, as a live album in May. 

The guitarist played his first show in front of five people – all friends of the would-be blues icon. Since then, his career has been storied with success, and for the 46-year-old his debut performance at Hollywood Bowl symbolizes his trajectory.

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.