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Joe Bonamassa at the Bellco Theatre, 4-24-13 (photos, review)

Joe Bonamassa owns a lot of guitars.

I don’t mean that he buys them. I mean he possesses them, like some backwoods Louisianna demon. And at the Bellco Theatre on Monday, he demonstrated mastery of tone and touch with each new guitar he wielded.

Playing to what he called “the largest gathering of humans ever assembled in the USA for a Joe Bonamassa show” (about 4,500), he and his band — Carmine Rojas (bass), Arlan Oscar Schierbaum (keys) and Tal Bergman (drums) — blazed through a 17-song set. It opened with five acoustic numbers, including “Jelly Roll” and “Athens to Athens,” and then turned raucous with “Slow Train,” “Dust Bowl” and “Dislocated Boy.”

Bonamassa’s searing leads easily cut through the acoustically pure theater, despite the nagging sense that they’d be a better suited in a venue that’s more heavy handed on the whiskey than the wine.

The critically acclaimed bluesman expressed his gratitude for the surprising support. Bonamassa noted that he played the previous night in 95-degree Phoenix, and while the weather shift in Denver was memorable, the crowd attendance and enthusiasm was far more so.

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Alan Cox is the president/creative director of Cox Creative, a Highlands Ranch-based creative shop. He works too much, sleeps too little and spends every free moment coaching baseball, shooting images and hanging out with his rowdy sons and rowdier wife. Check out his photos here.

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  • Amazed

    Joe Bonamassa is an unbelievable guitar player. He is able to emote such dynamics and emotion from his guitars with such precision and clarity, not to mention speed…amazing…truly, truly gifted…

  • Elwood

    Joe Bonamassa doesn’t just make his guitars sing, he makes them yell, scream, shout, cry, and wail. I thought the concert was excellent.

  • Julie from Bellco

    Hi Alan – loved the review & photos!

    I am the social media specialist for Bellco. The Bellco Center is actually called the Bellco Theatre. Would you mind switching this out? Thanks!

    • irishblue

      Fix your sound, add more aisles at the lower level, and how about some beer vendors in the auditorium during the show? Bellco Theater should make some changes if you will be hosting shows of this genre in the future.

  • Pete Z.

    I’ve got Two Words for Joe Bonamassa : RED ROCKS!!!!

  • Mike and Dorrie

    number one the concert was APRIL 23, 2013 not the 24th.
    number 2, he’s the best guitar player on the planet. WOW!!!!!
    Hope to see you at Red Rocks !!!!!!
    Listening to one of your cd’s as I type this.
    FANTASTIC!!!! Loved the concert!

  • irishblue

    I wasn’t impressed with the venue. I saw him at the Ogden last time and it was a better (if not grungier) venue. Joe is incredible! I will gladly see him every time he rolls through Denver