Mr Bonamassa admitted he'd never heard of Folkestone and was confused by the venue. The Leas Cliff Hall is built, as its name implies, on a cliff overlooking the channel - on a clear day you can see to France from the roof. Now since it is built on a cliff you enter at the roof of the building and there is a little building above ground as you approach the top of the cliff... see the photo below. So Joe was looking at this little building thinking "And you are going to get 1500 people in that!".
To the gig - no support and Joe hit the stage just before 8pm and left just after 10pm. 2 solid hours with now breaks, he hardly spoke at all between numbers so in terms of value for money cannot be faulted at all. He was brilliant - he is one of the finest blues-rock guitarists around without any doubt and a good vocalist and show man to boot. My brother and I commented that it is all him the whole show - i.e. you just watch him, the band more the competently support him but he is the show.
He ended up the main set with Mountain Time which is one of my favourites of his and it was just brilliantly done - I think a woman just along from me was wiping her eyes.
Throughly great night out. If you don't know him check him out and if you get the chance go see him live.
For the guitar anoraks he used a lot my list from memory is
- Dark Sunburst Bonamassa Les Paul
- Blue Sunburst Bonamassa Les Paul
- Gold top Bonamassa Les Paul (plastic h/w changed from stock black to more standard style cream
- 2 cherry sunburst Les Paul Standards (one his so called "Gary Moore" guitar)
- Musicman Albert Lee three humbucker, rosewood necked guitar
- A green sunburst Musicman Luke model
- Acoustic - not a Yamaha and sorry for once I didn't know... I think maybe a Yairi as it had a split bridge like I've seen on them and diagonal inlayes on the headstock, again I think I've seen Yairi's like that
Post publish note... thanks to Richard for pointing out my missing guitars...
- Gibson Korina Flying V (58 model)
- Ibanez 70s destroyer - i.e. Korina Explorer copy