After debuting his first all acoustic show debuted at the 46th annual Montreux Festival on Friday, June 29th, Joe Bonamassa brought the exclusive All-Acoustic presentation to the Vienna Opera House on July 3rd for a show that was filmed for a new DVD to be tentatively released in March of 2013.
While in Vienna, Joe visited the Klangfarbe Music Store, located in the historic Gasometer buildings, met fans, and was honored by the Vienna Walk Of Stars where Joe imprinted his hands, feet, and signature to be forever immortalized in cement for the City to behold. Other famous musicians inducted by the Walk of Stars include Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Bryan Adams and Manfred Mann. Watch a clip of the ceremony below.
Here’s some footage of the Montreaux show:
The Vienna Opera House is an amazingly iconic venue steeped in history and heritage, and as you can tell in the footage below of the show, is the perfect backdrop to feel the ultimate connection with Bonamassa’s music. Vienna is regarded as the City of Music because of its musical legacy, with more famous composers having lived there than in any other city. Bonamassa now has the honor of having played on the same stage as other musical prodigies like Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig Van Beethoven, Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms, Gustav Mahler and Joseph Haydn. What an amazing night!
Joe was one of the invited guest artists on Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra, re-recorded by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and set to be released by Edel Records in September.
After more than 100 performances worldwide and numerous revisions, the new recording represents Jon’s definitive version of the masterpiece, which in 1969 pointed his career in a new direction and laid the foundation for an astounding musical reputation and career.
Guests and soloists on the new recording include Bonamassa, Bruce Dickinson and Steve Morse along with Jon’s ‘house singers’ Steve Balsamo and Kasia Laska. It was recorded at Liverpool’s Philharmonic Hall by Abbey Road Studio‘s crew.
The recording was conducted by Paul Mann, whose in-depth experience with the piece includes conducting its 30th anniversary resurrection at London’s Royal Albert Hall in 1999 and the ensuing world tour with Deep Purple.
The new release will be accompanied by a specially filmed documentary