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Interview:
Joe Bonamassa lets his quiet side show
 

By GARY GRAFF
For Journal Register Newspapers

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Joe Bonamassa will most certainly be slinging his electric guitar when he plays the Fox Theatre this weekend.

But he's still happy that his latest CD and DVD, "An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House," let him display a bit of his quieter sides.

"I have a few areas which I can surprise people with, and I think the acoustic thing is one of them," says Bonamassa, 35, a musical prodigy whose parents owned a guitar shop in New Hartford, N.Y., and had him playing at the age of four and opening for B.B. King by the time he was 12. "We've been kind of woodshedding the acoustic thing for many years. I do a little bit in the live show, but this is the first time I ever decided to do a full-on, whole-hog acoustic show.

"It's a whole different thing. There's no four-minute solo at the end of 'Sloe Gin' anymore. There's none of those long jams. It was a real shocker to me, but I think once I got my head around it and really embraced it, it was great. I think it made me a better singer, too."

Bonamassa says he's "been doing more acoustic stuff in the live show," mixed with his electric pyrotechnics. He's not planning on doing much more than that with it, however.

"I don't really fancy doing that (in the studio)," explains Bonamassa, who also produced a second album with singer Beth Hart, "See Saw," that's due out later this year. "Originally we were doing to do an acoustic studio album, way back in the day, but that kind of thing doesn't appeal to me. I think it would be boring in the studio, kind of lighting candles and incense and all that stuff. I'd rather just do it in a live set."

Joe Bonamassa performs at 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $69-$99. Call 313-471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

Web Site: www.olympiaentertainment.com

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