The Tour De Force – Live In London collection marks the series of performances where he charted his career so far by performing in four venues in the English capital which mean the most to him.
And the point of the exercise was to deliver sets of songs he’d never played live before.
Manager Roy Weisman explains how the idea was former with producer Kevin Shirley: “Kevin and I were talking during the acoustic tour this past summer. We realised we’d booked these four great shows. We said, ‘Why don’t we can the idea of doing a studio record now, and give Joe more time?
“‘Let’s use it as an opportunity for him to go back on his entire career and do a lot of songs he’d recorded but never played live.’ We thought his fans would love that.”
Bonamassa started in the 200-capacity Borderline with a three-piece jam band then moved to the Shepherd’s Bush Empire for a big blues band show. Next came an acoustic set followed by a rock set at the Hammersmith Apollo, before a greatest-hits night at the Royal Albert Hall.
Shepherd’s Bush Empire tracklist
So It’s Like That
So Many Roads
You Better Watch Yourself
Chains & Things
Lonesome Road Blues
I Got All You Need
The Great Flood
The Ballad Of John Henry
Asking Around For You
Further On Up The Road
World’s End (Credits)