Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Joe Bonamassa - Tour de Force Live in London – Shepherd's Bush Empire (2014)


Joe Bonamassa - Tour de Force Live in London – Shepherd's Bush Empire (2014)


Tracklist front / back album covers


Disc one

1. "Albion" (intro)   2:14

2. "Slow Train"   6:45

3. "So, It's Like That"   3:26

4. "Midnight Blues"   8:38

5. "Last Kiss"   7:40

6. "So Many Roads" (Otis Rush cover)   6:25

7. "You Better Watch Yourself" (Little Walter cover)   5:04

8. "Chains and Things" (B.B. King cover)   7:36


Total length:   47:48


Disc two

1. "Lonesome Road Blues"   4:54

2. "Stop!"   6:37

3. "I Got All You Need"   3:07

4. "The Great Flood"   10:17

5. "The Ballad of John Henry"   13:23

6. "Asking Around for You"   10:39

7. "Further On Up the Road" (Bobby "Blue" Bland cover)   5:01


Total length:   53:58



Joe Bonamassa Band Members / Musicians

Joe Bonamassa – guitar, vocals

Carmine Rojas – bass (Shepherd's Bush Empire, Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall)

Michael Rhodes – bass (The Borderline and Royal Albert Hall)

Tal Bergman – drums (Shepherd's Bush Empire, Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall)

Anton Fig – drums (The Borderline and Royal Albert Hall)

Arlan Schierbaum – keyboards (Shepherd's Bush Empire, Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall)

Lenny Castro – percussion (Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall)

Doug Henthorn – backing vocals (Hammersmith Apollo and Royal Albert Hall)

Lee Thornburg – trumpet, horn arrangements (Shepherd's Bush Empire)

Mike Feltham – trombone (Shepherd's Bush Empire)

Sean Freeman – saxophone (Shepherd's Bush Empire)

Gerry O'Connor – banjo, fiddle, mandolin (Royal Albert Hall)

Mats Wester – nyckelharpa (Royal Albert Hall)

Kevin Shirley – production, mixing, mastering

Philippe Klose – direction

Marcus Bird – photography and direction

Jared Kvitka – engineering

Gavin Lurssen – mastering

Dennis Friel – package design

Christie Goodwin – photography




Tour de Force: Live in London is a series of videos and live albums by American blues-rock musician Joe Bonamassa. Produced by Kevin Shirley and directed by Philippe Klose, the albums document the guitarist and vocalist's four performances at four venues in London, England in March 2013. Each of the four shows were initially released as videos on October 28, 2013 in Europe by Provogue Records, and the following day in North America by J&R Adventures, with a box set featuring all four shows and a special collector's edition hardback book also issued at the same time. All four shows were issued as live albums on May 19, 2014.

During March 2013, Bonamassa performed a series of shows at four venues in London, each of which featured different personnel and themes. On March 26, a three-piece lineup performed a set featuring many of Bonamassa's early songs at The Borderline; on March 27, a larger band including a keyboardist and horn section performed a blues-themed set at Shepherd's Bush Empire; on March 28, another lineup of the group including a percussionist and backing vocalist focused on the rock genre at the Hammersmith Apollo; and on March 30, Bonamassa performed acoustic and electric "greatest hits" sets with two different bands at the Royal Albert Hall.

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