Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at the Iridium

You may have heard that Joe Bonamassa has a funk-based side group called Rock Candy Funk Party, which also includes Tal Bergman, Ron DeJesus, Mike Merritt, and Renato Neto. The group released a debut album last year and are set to release a live set next month, on February 25.

The new live set is titled Rock Candy Funk Party Takes New York: Live at the Iridium and includes one DVD and two CDs:

DVD Tracklist:

1. Octopus-e
2. Work
3. We Want Groove
4. Heart Beat
5. New York Song
6. Spaztastic
7. Ode To Gee
8. Dope On A Rope
9. Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life
10. Steppin’ In It
11. Mr. Clean
12. One Phone Call

CD Tracklist:

DISC 1:
1. Heart Beat
2. New York Song
3. Octopus-e
4. Spaztastic
5. We Want Groove
6. Work

DISC 2:
1. Dope On A Rope
2. Mr. Clean
3. Ode To Gee
4. One Phone Call
5. Steppin’ In It
6. The Best Ten Minutes Of Your Life

Check out a preview of the DVD below:

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Black Country Communion To Release Afterglow on October 30

Black Country Communion are set to release their third album, Afterglow, on October 30. Here’s what vocalist and bassist Glenn Hughes says about the new release:

In terms of content, Afterglow expands upon the progression that took place between ‘BCC’ and ‘BCC2’. “It’s a deeper album, musically, than our first two albums, but it does not step away from the genre we’re in,” said Hughes, who wrote the bulk of the album’s 11 songs after BCC’s Summer Tour in 2011. “I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two. I wanted to hear more of Derek [Sherinian] and I wanted an angelic side to the vocals as well as the more aggressive one, like on the songs ‘Crawl’ and ‘Midnight Sun’. Above all, I wanted more drama.”

Here is a trailer for the new album:

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Joe Bonamassa “Dislocated Boy” Official Video

Joe Bonamassa and team have released an official music video for the track “Dislocated Boy” off his latest album Driving Towards the Daylight:

In other Bonamassa news, they have released a CD/MP3 double album from his recent run at the Beacon Theater featuring guest spots by Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt, and Beth Hart. I have the DVD that was released from these shows, and it’s a really solid collection of songs with Bonamassa playing at the top of his game.

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Joe Bonamassa – European Rig Tour

Joe Bonamassa gives Guitarist Magazine’s Mick Taylor a tour of his current European rig:

UPDATE: Unfortunately, it looks like Guitarist Magazine has taken down the full version and replaced the video with a preview. I’ve added the preview to this post.

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Joe Bonamassa Live at the Beacon Theatre DVD Trailer

Joe Bonamassa and team have published an official trailer for his upcoming DVD release Live at the Beacon Theatre, which you can now pre-order on Joe’s site. The concert was filmed this past November and features guest spots by Beth Hart, John Hiatt, and Paul Rodgers. As a Free fan, I’m particularly interested in seeing Joe and Paul Rodgers performing together. Check out the trailer below:

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NAMM 2012: Seymour Duncan Custom Shop Joe Bonamassa Signature Pickup Set

The Seymour Duncan Custom Shop have partnered with Joe Bonamassa to create the Joe Bonamassa Signature Pickup Set, which attempt to replicate the P.A.F. pickups in Joe’s 1959 Les Paul:

Wound on the historic Leesona machine that created humbuckers for Gibson back in the ‘50s and ‘60s, the set features an Alnico 2 magnet in the neck pickup and Alnico 3 in the bridge. Period-correct butyrate bobbins, lightly antiqued nickel covers, wooden spacer, and retro-style “Bonamassa” P.A.F. stickers heighten the vintage vibe.

Only 1,959 Custom Shop sets will be sold. Each will be hand signed by Seymour Duncan and Joe Bonamassa and include a special USB flash drive with video interviews, special features, and more.

Here’s Joe talking about the pickups:

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Joe Bonamassa Playing Rory Gallagher’s Strat

Joe Bonamassa was recently provided the opportunity to play Rory Gallagher’s legendary 1961 Strat during a concert at London’s Hammersmith Apollo. Here he is playing Gallagher’s “Cradle Rock” and his own “When the Fire Hits the Sea” on the guitar:

In the next video, Bonamassa plays Gallagher’s Strat on Gary Moore’s “Midnight Blues”:

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The Cult of Jazz III

Nice find by Jon at GuitarNoize.com: Dunlop have created a couple of ads for their Jazz III pick featuring Joe Bonamassa and Eric Johnson. I’ve embedded the Joe Bonamassa ad below; check out Guitar Noize for the Eric Johnson ad.

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Leslie West and Joe Bonamassa

Leslie West will be releasing a new solo album next month titled Unusual Suspects. The album features a host of guest artists including Slash, Zakk Wylde, Billy Gibbons, Steve Lukather, and Joe Bonamassa. Below is a video of West and Bonamassa trading licks in the studio on the blues classic “Third Degree”:

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Joe Bonamassa Featured in iGuitar

Joe Bonamassa is the cover artist for the latest issue of the online guitar magazine iGuitar. Below is a video of Bonamassa jamming with his interviewer from iGuitar, Michael Casswell. This video features some really nice playing from Bonamassa. Check it out:

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