Joe Bonamassa quits social media: “I fear I'm going to be provoked into saying something I might regret”

Joe Bonamassa
(Image credit: C Brandon/Redferns)

Blues ace Joe Bonamassa has announced he’s taking a step back from social media following a row with a user who criticized his physical appearance.

In a now-deleted comment on one of Bonamassa’s Instagram posts – screenshotted by Killer Guitar Rigs – user rich_tones wrote, “Time to shave the head Joe, it’s over. Your hair had a good run but it’s not in retirement.”

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.