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Joe Bonamassa to perform in Fort Wayne

Statement as distributed by the Embassy Theatre:

Deerfield Beach, FL June, 2012: Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will perform in concert at the Embassy Theatre in Fort Wayne, Ind. on Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. The one-night-only show is in support of his brand new solo album Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures) which made its chart debut at #1 on the Billboard Blues Chart, the 8th time a Bonamassa album has debuted at #1. He also debuted at #23 on the Billboard Top 200, a career-best outranking 2011's Dust Bowl which peaked at #37, and #5 on the Independent Chart. This is Bonamassa's best opening sales week to date.

In the UK, Driving Towards The Daylight led the way for most of the week before Emeli Sande nudged past by fewer than 100 sales to clinch the #1 spot. It debuted at #2, also a career-best since Dust Bowl's peak at #12.

Bonamassa's new album is getting raves: All Music Guide said, “the arrangements and guitars mesh together like whisky and soda” andMSN.com calls it “nothing less than astounding.” American Songwriter ranks Bonamassa “among our greatest living guitar players.” Across the pond, UK's Guitar & Bass says its “one of his best,” The Sun calls Bonamassa's playing “jawdropping,” and Guitarist said “his guitar, voice and songs are simply better than ever.”

Also recently released is the DVD/ Blu-ray Joe Bonamassa: Beacon Theatre– Live From New York, which showcases the stunning sold-out two-night performance at New York City’s legendary Beacon Theatre last November and featuring special guests Paul Rodgers, John Hiatt, and Beth Hart. The 2-DVD set includes a bonus disc of special features with two extra songs, behind the scenes footage, and photo gallery. PBS and Palladia HD began airing the show nationwide in March.

Besides his own solo work, Bonamassa has kept himself busy with multiple side projects. He formed hard rock band Black Country Communion with Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol); releasing two albums – 2010’s self-titled debut and 2011’s sophomore album 2 – and a live 2-disc DVD LIVE OVER EUROPE over the span of twelve months. VH1 Classic’s That Metal Show just named BCC the “Best New Band of the Last 10 Years.” He also recently collaborated with one of music’s most powerful female voices – singer-songwriter Beth Hart. Beth and Joe come together on the new soul covers album DON’T EXPLAIN featuring scorching versions of ten classic songs first made famous by artists including Billie Holiday, Etta James, Tom Waits, Ray Charles, Delaney & Bonnie, Bill Withers, and Aretha Franklin.

Bonamassa tours the world regularly, and his ability to connect with live audiences is epic. He generally has no opening act, and he never leaves the stage until the last encore two hours later. During his 2011 tour, Bonamassa wowed crowds across the U.S. playing some of the largest tour markets and venues yet, with sold out shows in Minneapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Seattle and two sold out shows at NYC’s prestigious Beacon Theatre. After a show at the Grove of Anaheim, The Orange County Register’s Ben Wener raved, “I haven’t seen anything so dazzling since Steve Ray Vaughan at the Wiltern in ’86.”

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, “This kid's potential is unbelievable…He's one of a kind.” Bonamassa’s recording career began in the early ’90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger’s son Waylon and Miles Davis’ son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.

Stay tuned to www.jbonamassa.com for more information and updated tour schedule.

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