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Billy Bob from Vancouver, British Columbia
JOE BONAMASSA QE THEATRE VANCOUVER NOV29, 2018
Sadly, this highly anticipated show was mediocre at best. The band, smoking hot players. Joe, a technical genius with great, soulful vocals. The sound, well, stunk and I was right behind the mixing board. I thought I had a problem with my ears and they needed a song or two to adjust. Nope. My main issue was that the bass player was way too loud for about 70% of the concert. Also, during certain songs the show was just too loud. (This theatre holds about 3000). During many songs there seemed to be a sonic fight between the Hammond organ, the bass player and Joe's guitars. Joe lost every time except during solo's which were excellent. As usual, the back up singers were excellent but you couldn't hear them for about 50% of the show. I was also disappointed by the lack of on stage chemistry between the band. This made it seem to me like a Vegas show that musicians play night after night just focusing on playing their part. For a $130 ticket, the sound needs to be much better than that
Rich Jazdzewski from Carmel, Californina
LOUD ≠ GOOD
11/23/18 Long Beach: The person/s responsible for the sound must have turned the volume nob to 11 and left for the evening. What a disservice to Joe and his talented, veteran band, not to mention the audience. Joe's lyrics were nearly impossible to hear, or understand. A six-hour drive, both ways, and two nights in a hotel for our first Bonamassa concert left our expectations unfulfilled. The music ( did I mention LOUD,?) we heard at the concert wasn't even close to that on Joe's well-mixed DVDs such as "Live at the Greek Theater", or Amsterdam. Joe is the most talented guitarist on the planet and we intend to attend more of his concerts - we'll just limit them to outdoor venues. In the meantime we'll continue buying and listening to Joe's CDs and DVDs.
Pat Lindgren from Los Angeles, California
JOE AT LONG BEACH
we have gone to see Joe 5 previous times>every show was fantastic, until last night.the first 3 songs were way to load and no balance between instruments and singing.after that balance was restored but still to load for a inside venue.just turned down about 10 % would have been prefect.
Jack from Portland, Oregon
THE PA BASS RUINED THE SHOW
The bass was set so loud by the sound guys that I was unable to clearly hear the lyrics, the horns, the drums... yes the drums and the back-up singers. The bass got louder as the night progressed. I had in ear plugs which muffled most of the high end sound, thus ruining the music. Paid a premium for tickets and the sound techs ruined the performance. All of those in my group had the same complaint. It was a horrible experience over all. Joe was fantastic as were all the band members. But the sound techs were crap. We could only imagine what a decent mix would have been like.
Mark from Buffalo, New York
Was way too loud couldn't understand the lyrics, disappointing
Gilbert from Buffalo, New York
The only person to truly enjoy this truly wonderful band was the man paid to be there , the sound man sitting under his headphones . The fans who paid to go to shea's got tortured. I have traveled from Welland ON to Beverly Hills to hear Buddy Guy. Would I travel 18 miles to see him at Shea's? Probably not because I want pleasant memories of Buddy and Joe
FR Weidman from Austin, Texas
I have been looking forward to seeing this guitar legend for weeks.. We had great seats and it started well...WOW that guy can sure play !! I was not sure if it was just me, but after the 4th or 5th song, I'm dripping with sweat and sticking to my seat. A brief reprieve to the bar was small conciliation. Dang it was hot and we retreated to the confines of a cooler venue. This was really disappointing and out of character for the Moody. The curious part is several ushers and management told myself and others, The artist requested this temperature setting.
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