Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Hampton Court 24-6-13
* Fish & Strawberry (no chance)
* Vanilla (ok if nothing else available)
* Mint Choc Chip (definitely)
* White Chocolate with hazlenuts and chocolate sauce (no brainer)
These people in this venue with this band is the latter, with a side order of Jack Daniels Honey, Hobnobs and sex chucked in for good measure!
Having been a fan of both Bonamassa and Hart from way back, their collaboration albums were the perfect fit for each other .. Beth's powerful yet vulnerable voice matched with Joey Bone's soulful guitar playing, classic blues tunes and a backing band tighter than a Mosquito's Tweeter.
But could they cut it live? Well we'll come to that in a minute.. (building the tension like a pro..)
First: The Venue.
Wow! We're used to queuing in line to get into some urine smelling sweaty room to listen to rock music (and that's not just the Kitchen at Rockgig Towers) - so this was a different class. From the VIP entrance at the car park (which was actually the same car park as us Muggles used, which I think dawned on the angry looking posh woman who parked next to us), through to the picnic area on the lawns (with a Jamie Oliver picnic if requested) full of the great and good stuffing ourselves on everything ranging from pork pies to complete hams, to the stage area in a walled courtyard being overlooked by Henry VIII's bedroom. The stewards were not only the best dressed you will ever see, but the nicest group of people you will ever meet.
Second: The Audience
A real mixture of people, the vast majority of whom were at the, shall we say, "experienced" end of the scale. Which is no bad thing as we are right up there ourselves. They got involved, they danced - great atmosphere.. BUT - the problem with a group of older people like us, and the fact that most had been drinking for around 4 hours before the gig was the constant stream of people getting up and going to the loo! .. it was non-stop through out the entire gig and was getting to be a real pain in the arse.
Now - Could they cut it live ?
Dumbest question ever - of course they could.
We had a mixture of tracks from the two albums, one from Beth's latest and one from the next Bonamassa album (allegedly).
Great to see "I'd Rather Go Blind" added to the setlist as it was missing from the previous night.
"Strange Fruit" is a dark, brooding song and their interpretation of it on the Seesaw album is excellent, but in a live setting it just takes on a life of it's own - you could hear a pin drop.
(more images to be added soon)
(all images courtesy of, and copyright to Christie Goodwin )
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