The amazing talents of Joe Bonamassa and his 3 Kings Tour came to the beautiful Vina Robles Amphitheatre in Paso Robles this past Monday night and it was a show that quite possibly was one of the best at this relatively new venue since it’s been opened.
Bonamassa has been paying tribute to the three kings of the blues: B.B. King, Albert King and Freddie King on this tour and it has been a perfect undertaking as Joe channels them all with relative ease. It’s no secret that Joe can play just about anything and has always surrounded himself with stellar musicians to deliver a musical impact that will last with the concertgoer for a lifetime. This show was no exception.
The 3 Kings Blues Band, which included long time collaborator and former David Letterman Late Night band member Anton Fig on drums, Reese Wynans on keyboards, Michael Rhodes on bass, Kirk Fletcher on guitar and a horn section of Lee Thornburg, Paulie Cerra and Ron Dziubla was amazing in just about every way possible. The band was rounded out by fantastic background vocalists Mahalia Barnes, Jade MacRae and Juanita Tippins.
The show opened with a six song set of Freddie King’s greatest, followed by six by Albert King, then another six by B.B. King. Two more from Freddie King, “Hideaway” and “Born Under A Bad Sign” followed, with the amazing set wrapping up with B.B. King’s “The Thrill Is Gone.” This really is full circle for Joe, as he had a huge connection with B.B., having opened about 20 shows for the blues legend back in 1989 when he was just 12, and playing with him multiple times over the years.
B.B., Albert and Freddie may be gone, but the thrill definitely isn’t as their music lives on through the magic of Joe Bonamassa. He was the 4th King on this night. This was Bonamassa’s first ever U.S. amphitheater tour, and it certainly won’t be the last, with another stop at Vina Robles hopefully in the future.
See See Baby
Some Other Day, Some Other Time
Lonesome Whistle Blues
Sittin’ On The Boat Dock
You’ve Got To Love Her With A Feeling
I’ll Play The Blues for You
I Get Evil
Breaking Up Somebody’s Home
Angel of Mercy
Cadillac Assembly Line
Oh, Pretty Woman
Let the Good Times Roll
Never Make Your Move Too Soon
Ole Time Religion
Nobody Loves Me But My Mother
Boogie Woogie Woman
Born Under A Bad Sign
The Thrill Is Gone
Joe Bonamassa will be releasing “Live At Radio City Music Hall” on CD/DVD & Blueray October 2nd and is filming the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles show on the 3 Kings Tour, with plans to release that in 2016.
Special Thanks to Jessica Puchli from Nederlander Concerts