I’m not gonna write tons about this concert because I don’t have swathes of time but I thought I’d put down a thing or two.
The concert was this part Friday the 22 October 2010 at the Clyde Auditorium (SECC) in Glasgow. It was a pretty rainy day and I’d never been to the SECC so it was a bit of a challenge. Still I was able to grab a train that drops you off at the Exhibition Centre (that’s the name of the station) and it’s a 5min walk to the concert hall.
I got there with over an hour to spare, and was one of the first to get in when the doors opened at 7pm. Although I booked my ticket pretty much as soon as booking opened on-line having stupidly missed out on Slash’s concert, I still didn’t really have the best seat (Joe doesn’t walk along the stage much and he was playing on the opposite end of the stage I was facing).
The opening act was Simon MacBride, an guitar player I didn’t know of but who turned out to be most excellent. He’s an Irish guy who basically plays in the style of Joe Bonamassa, so mostly bluesy but with some shred thrown in for good measure, and a very similar voice too. I might hunt down his albums as I quite liked his style.
Joe came on stage around 8.30, the line up wasn’t quite the same as that of Black Swans and Wormhole Wizards. Accompanying him were:
- On drums: Jeff Campitelli
- On Bass: Allen Whitman
- On Rhythm Guitars: Galen Henson
- On Keyboards: Jem Godfrey
So I was a little disappointed that Mike Keneally wasn’t touring with Joe but apparently he has commitments with Steve Vai… still I can’t complain as Jem did an excellent job, though the keyboards were a little quiet at times, but maybe it’s just because of where I was sitting.
Great selection of tunes from Joe, I took notes of each song played and only managed to fail to recognise 3 of them, I won’t tell which ones 😉 Here’s the setlist:
- Ice 9
- Hordes of Locusts
- Flying in a Blue Dream
- Light Years Away
- Satch Boogie
- Pyrric Victoria
- Crystal Planet
- The Mystical Potato Head Groove Thing
- Dream Song
- God is Crying
- Littleworth Lane
- Wind in the Trees
- Wormhole Wizards
- Always with me, Always with you
- Big Bad Moon
- Crowd Chant (encore)
- Surfing With The Alien (encore)
He also brought back the LED backdrop he had on the Satchafunkilus tour but frankly it didn’t really serve any purpose other than the occasional psychedelic display. Overall it was a gig a little longer than I expected but really enjoyable. I took a couple of photos and a short video with my phone but really they’re so bad I don’t think it’s worth bothering posting them.