Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 32

Thread: Is Joe Bonamassa the new Gary Moore?

  1. #1
    Senior Member garrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    934

    Is Joe Bonamassa the new Gary Moore?

    As Joe B has grown in popularity, it seems to me like he is filling up the hole left by Gary Moore.

    Polished looking guys playing less-than-sincere blues with Les Pauls cranked through Marshalls. Epic, melodic blues ballads with the occasional bit of shred and showmanship thrown in. Not that it's a bad thing. I think Gary had that niche locked down until he died, and now Joe has inherited it.

    I miss Smokin' Joe's younger days when he was rocking the Strats and the Esquire. I still especially love his playing in Bloodline. Seems like he started losing me when he switched to playing Les Pauls. Anyone else?
    --Garrett--

  2. #2
    Almost was a FG22 owner.. WEDGE's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Too close to the casinos in CT.........
    Posts
    1,732
    NO Joe is no Gary Moore! Joe B is a monster player but does nothing for me. I know I will get flamed for this but I can't make it through one of his albums or DVDs, awesome player, lousy songwriter and singer to my ears.

    Gary Moore to me was a bluesy rock player and not a bluesman, but that totally works for me. Also I liked his songwriting and voice, and his tone killed.
    ​Secretary of Crackwood Addiction

  3. #3
    Angry Southern Gentleman Hopeful Sinner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    1,429
    I'm kinda with Wedge...

    I do, however, love Bonamassa in the context of Black Country Communion.

    Glenn Hughes is such a powerful vocalist and does most of the writing so maybe that's the draw more so than Joe... The new record, Afterglow, is fantastic!!!

  4. #4
    Junior Member Boogie123's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    Ireland
    Posts
    33
    I think Joe has got a lot, lot more polished over the last few years and he's lost his edge a wee bit...the DVD for "A New Day Yesterday" IMHO is way better than his more recent material....his popularity is well deserved though.
    I seen and met him in a small club in Belfast a few years ago with Simon McBride doing support, Simon did give him a run for the money that night...would like to see Joe rough it up a bit rather than polished studio albums with pishy ballads and a solo at the end....So I have to agree, Garrett!....get the Esquire out, Joe!

    Is Simon McBride the new Gary Moore??...might start my own thread on that one
    Last edited by Boogie123; 12-26-2012 at 05:08 PM.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by garrett View Post
    Polished looking guys playing less-than-sincere blues...
    I don't know how you determine whether someone else has sincerity in his head when he plays. For me, it's all about what I'm hearing. And I like Joe B's work, especially on the Lesters. But that's a personal thing, we can agree to disagree.

    My standards were set pretty high when I was young; I was involved helping out backstage at the first Ann Arbor Blues Festival, in 1969. I was at UM then. Appearing were Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Otis Rush, Junior Wells, Howlin' Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Magic Sam, Freddie King, Son House, and BB King. I'd say that's a pretty "sincere" blues lineup. I remember how they played, and what they did. And I saw some of them quite a few times afterward in various contexts.

    This was the real deal, with the originators of the electric blues genre. Some of the guys were "on;" some were extra-on. I think Joe B would have held his own on that stage.

    And I've seen Joe B play with every bit as much emotion and power.

    I'll also say that each of those guys was dressed up to look pretty polished-looking, even though the festival was in Ann Arbor's relatively muggy August weather. They dressed like they had more respect for their audience than most of my generation did.

    I suppose it's the norm to build performers up, and then knock them down as they become more mainstream. but I honestly think Joe B deserves the respect he's getting from his audience.

  6. #6
    408 Sig Club President Twinfan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    England
    Posts
    456
    No, Joe B is NOT the new Gary Moore. Gary Moore was a much better singer for starters, and for me Gary had a whole lot more emotion pouring out of his playing.

    Joe is good, very good, but he doesn't have the natural expressive soul that Gary had in my opinion. Joe has worked hard to get where he is, and deserves his rewards, but to Gary it all came more naturally.

  7. #7
    Cream Crackered Mikegarveyblues's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Warrington, Nr Liverpool UK
    Posts
    2,324
    Big, big fan of both Gary and Joe B. They have some similarities certainly, but if you look at Gary whole body of work and dig deep into it then you hear definate differences.

    Lot of respect for Joe B though.

    Just my personal opinion, but for me Gary WAS one of the greats. Joe IS becoming one of the greats.
    Modified SE Bernie Marsden, Fender Strat
    Laney Lionheart L5T-112, Fender Mustang 1
    Wishing for a Blue Bernie!
    Click here for SE Bernie Marsden demo!
    Lessons, covers, backing tracks, etc...www.youtube.com/mikegarveyblues

  8. #8
    Senior Member Dirty Bob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    State of Confusion (NY)
    Posts
    1,866
    I love Gary Moore's body of work...he was an amazing artist and in my opinion is sorely missed. Have seen Joe B. Live up close and was blown away. He also seems like a really nice guy. Gotta have big balls to get up on stage and play like that...very impressed with his playing. He has been influenced by the greats and sometimes it comes out in his playing....I look at it as quoting those who have inspired you...paying homage...I dig em both.


    my band also covers songs by both...so I have deep respect for both of them as musicians.
    Last edited by Dirty Bob; 12-26-2012 at 07:14 PM.
    -Bob

  9. #9
    Senior Member sergiodeblanc's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Downers Grove Il.
    Posts
    6,364
    Orange is the new Pink.

  10. #10
    Senior Member AP515's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    511
    I really like them both, but I do not see Joe B as a new GM. GM has his place in the Pantheon of great blues players, JB is on his way, I could see him there one day, but he's got to put some miles on first. Get a larger body of work that stays significant.
    1988 CE24, 1995 CE22, 2000 SC, 2003 Standard 22, 2003 Cu24 AP, 2006 Cu24 AP, 2006 SC AP, 2007 CuRo22, 2010 Starla Stoptail, 2010 Mira
    2007 SE Soapy 2, 2010 SE 25th Anni Cu24, 2012 SE Bernie, 2013 SE Angelus Custom

    PRS SE50, Mesa Single RectoVerb, Mesa Lonestar, Fender Hot Rod Deluxe

  11. #11
    A Top (and Heart) of Gold Goldtop's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Texxas, USA
    Posts
    3,373
    I like Joe's playing well enough. I've been fortunate enough to see him live a time or two and hang out with him, and he struck me as a nice, genuine guy. And I really respect and admire his approach to his business, etc. For reasons I don't quite get, he seems to be much bigger in The UK than he is here in America.

    But to me, Gary Moore was/is in a class by himself. They are unique unto themselves, and I bet Joe would say something similar if asked.

    Goldtop
    'Did you ever get down on your hands and knees and beg a potato to get fat?' - Ezra Craddock

  12. #12
    Senior Member garrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    934
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopeful Sinner View Post
    I'm kinda with Wedge...

    I do, however, love Bonamassa in the context of Black Country Communion.

    Glenn Hughes is such a powerful vocalist and does most of the writing so maybe that's the draw more so than Joe... The new record, Afterglow, is fantastic!!!
    I keep meaning to get their stuff. I like Joe's playing in a band context better than his solo material.




    Gary...




    Joe...

    --Garrett--

  13. #13
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,500
    The only Joe B. song I ever really liked was "If wishes were nickels". Never really found his other tunes that appealing, but I must say that I never really gave him much of a chance either.

  14. #14
    Angry Southern Gentleman Hopeful Sinner's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Alabama
    Posts
    1,429
    Quote Originally Posted by docbennett View Post
    The only Joe B. song I ever really liked was "If wishes were nickels". Never really found his other tunes that appealing, but I must say that I never really gave him much of a chance either.
    If you haven't already, do yourself a favor and check out Black Country Communion...

  15. #15
    Shoegazing Member Serious Poo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    North of the southern border, east of the western sea
    Posts
    171
    I simply don't understand the desire to compare one artist with another. It's like comparing birds singing in the back yard. They sound good, but they all sound a little different. What's to compare? Why compare? What's the point?
    Be.
    Do.
    Have.

  16. #16
    Banned
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Posts
    1,500
    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Poo View Post
    I simply don't understand the desire to compare one artist with another. It's like comparing birds singing in the back yard. They sound good, but they all sound a little different. What's to compare? Why compare? What's the point?
    Well...I would venture to compare Gerry Rafferty's singing to Bob Dylans. As I would Mark Knopfler voice to Dylan as well.

    I was totally convinced that "Stuck in the middle with you" was a Dylan tune when I first heard it as a Freshman in college.

  17. #17
    Cream Crackered Mikegarveyblues's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2012
    Location
    Warrington, Nr Liverpool UK
    Posts
    2,324
    I thoroughly recommend checking out the collaboration he did with Beth Hart called 'Don't Explain'. Sheer brilliance from start to finish!

    Love this tune in particular:



    Some choice Gary:





    There's as many differences as there are similarities, but the worlds a worser place without Gary in it. Joe's not a replacement but a fine, fine addition.

    Modified SE Bernie Marsden, Fender Strat
    Laney Lionheart L5T-112, Fender Mustang 1
    Wishing for a Blue Bernie!
    Click here for SE Bernie Marsden demo!
    Lessons, covers, backing tracks, etc...www.youtube.com/mikegarveyblues

  18. #18
    Senior Member garrett's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    934
    Quote Originally Posted by Serious Poo View Post
    I simply don't understand the desire to compare one artist with another. It's like comparing birds singing in the back yard. They sound good, but they all sound a little different. What's to compare? Why compare? What's the point?
    It provides me entertainment and keeps the forum active.
    --Garrett--

  19. #19
    Senior Member ExpatGirl's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Posts
    102
    Quote Originally Posted by WEDGE View Post
    NO Joe is no Gary Moore! Joe B is a monster player but does nothing for me. I know I will get flamed for this but I can't make it through one of his albums or DVDs, awesome player, lousy songwriter and singer to my ears.

    Gary Moore to me was a bluesy rock player and not a bluesman, but that totally works for me. Also I liked his songwriting and voice, and his tone killed.
    I agree with Wedge and Hopeful Sinner, Joe B just doesn't do it for me. I can't put my finger on why, either. Joe's obviously a very talented and gifted player. He just seems to lack ... something. I just wish I knew what it was.
    __________________________________________________ ________________________
    Stripped 58, NF3, SE Custom 24, SE Custom Semi-Hollow with Bigsby, Vintage V6 Reissue
    Fender American Deluxe Telecaster, Godin Velocity, Blackstar HT-5TH amplifier

  20. #20
    Senior Member swede71's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Stockholm
    Posts
    600
    For most in Europe Gary Moore was never a bluesman.He was a bluesinspired rocker.For me Joe is a rockinspired bluesman.Does that make sense? .Both excellent players.
    Last edited by swede71; 01-06-2013 at 05:05 PM.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •