17-21 March 2015
Reviewed by Carlos Narciso
We went to see Joe and his band perform last night to a packed theatre. The Eventim Apollo in London is a great, iconic venue for concerts and despite the large number of people did not feel overcrowded nor did we have to queue for long for anything. The staff were knowledgeable and polite, and it generally made for a great evening.
The venue has great acoustics and this brought out the best of the energy and power of Joe’s music.You hear of people doing marathons on consecutive days for charity, but Joe makes it feel like every track is a marathon with all the energy and focus he puts into it; in which case we sped through 15 marathons in just over 2 hours… and boy do you feel good afterwards – quite an endorphin rush!
Joe and his band of 7 incredibly accomplished musicians worked their way though a sample of Joe’s vast catalogue. Kicking off the show with the powerful ‘Oh Beautiful’, the pace never let up through masterpieces like “Double Trouble”, “Love Ain’t A Love Song”, “Ballad of John Henry” and my personal favourite “Sloe Gin”.
The set and lights were, as normal, simple but effective and complemented the music rather than detract from it.
A big bonus on the night was the surprise appearance of Beth Hart. She was in town so came on stage to do a thunderous version of “I love you more than you’ll ever know”. Normally, Joe can make his guitars talk and sing so that there is almost no need for lyrics, but Beth was more than a match for the guitar solo with her incredible range.
Part of the way through Joe told us he had a chest infection, which was incredibly masked by his passion, energy and sheer class, and if you could ever sweat an infection out he certainly did that – a true professional and definitely the best blues/rock guitarist of his generation.
If I can call out one of his incredible band, Reese Wynans was outstanding throughout and the encore “All Aboard” allowed the keyboard player to show off his outstanding skills. He battled it out with Joe with some supersonic fast solos that went back and forth from one to the other, complementing each other beautifully.
Overall, an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G performance that deserves to be seen by more than the few thousand that will see it over the 4 nights he is in residence at the Apollo. If you don’t already have a ticket, get one! – this is one concert not to be missed. If you do miss it this time then make sure you catch him when he returns in the autumn!
A few tickets are still available for the Friday 20th and Saturday 21st shows from the 24 hour box office: 0844 249 4300, or book online: www.eventimapollo.com
Eventim Apollo. 45 Queen Caroline Street, London, W6 9QH