Joe Bonamassa takes "Driving Towards the Daylight" on the road
Guitar playing blues-rocker Joe Bonamassa has laid out spring and fall North American tour plans behind his forthcoming solo effort, "Driving Towards the Daylight," which will be released May 22.
The first leg gets underway April 17 at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles and will take the New York native to 24 cities across the country before coming to a close at the Hampton Beach Casino in New Hampshire toward the end of May.
Bonamassa will return to the stage Oct. 13 in Honolulu, after a lengthy summer hiatus. This time around the musician will visit 28 markets large and small over the course of three months. The final show is slated for Dec. 15 in Ft. Meyers, FL. See below for the full schedule.
Tickets for the spring outing are on sale now. Tickets for the fall dates will be available April 6.
"Driving Toward the Daylight," Bonamassa's 13th studio set, follows 2011's "Dust Bowl," which made it to the No. 5 position on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart. The artist also paired with Beth Hart for the blues album "Don't Explain," and his hard rock band with Glen Hughes (Deep Purple), Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin, Foreigner) and Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol), Black Country Communion, the same year.
His latest effort features guitar work from Aerosmith's Brad Whitford, covers of songs from Tom Waits, Bill Withers, Chicago Bluesman Willie Dixon and Bernie Mardsen of Whitesnake, along with original tracks written by Bonamassa.
Whitford said in a recent press release that the new album is "influenced by the stuff that the guys and musicians ... love, early '60s English and American rock and blues. I guess we'll never get that out of our system," he said.
In preparation for his upcoming release, Bonamassa created a new reality series titled "Countdown to Daylight," which features webisodes of interviews with the band and behind-the-scenes footage from the studio as "Driving Towards the Daylight" was being recorded. A new episode will be aired each Friday on YouTube.
17 - Los Angeles, CA - Saban Theatre
19 - Fresno, CA - William Saroyan Theatre
20 - Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
22 - Salt Lake City, UT - Abravanel Hall
24 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
26 - Omaha, NE - Civic Music Hall
27 - Wichita, KS - Concert Hall
29 - Oklahoma City, OK - Civic Centre Music Hall
1 - Springfield, MO - Juanita Hammons Hal
2 - Topeka, KS - Topeka Pac
3 - Des Moines, IA - Civic Centre
5 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
7 - Evansville, IN - Aiken Theatre
8 - Springfield, IL - Sangamon Auditorium
10 - Nashville, TN - Tennessee PAC
11 - Lexington, KY - Rupp Aren
12 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Center
14 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
16 - Buffalo, NY - Shea's PAC
17 - Syracuse, NY - Landmark Theatre
19 - Hartford, CT - Mortensen Hall At Bushnell
22 - Providence, RI - Providence PAC
23 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
25 - Hampton Beach, NH - Hampton Beach Casino
13 - Honolulu, HI - Hawaii Theatre
30 - Dallas, TX - Music Hall At Fair Park
1 - Tulsa, OK - Brady Theatre
2 - Kansas City, MO - Kansas City Music Hall
3 - St. Louis, MO - The Fox Theatre
6 - Merrillville, IN - The Star Plaza
7 - Ft. Wayne, IN - The Embassy Theatre
9 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre
10 - Columbus, OH - Palace Theatre
13 - Toledo, OH - Stranahan Theatre
14 - Youngstown, OH - Deyor PAC
16 - Rochester, NY - Auditorium Theatre
17 - Toronto, Ontario - Roy Thomson Hall
20 - Springfield, MA - Symphony Hall
23 - Long Island, NY - Tilles Center For Performing Arts
24 - Washington, DC - Warner Theatre
27 - Charleston, WV - Clay Center
28 - Durham, NC - Durham PAC
30 - Columbus, GA - River Center
1 - Biloxi, MS - Mississippi Coast Coliseum
3 - Greenville, SC - Peace Center PAC
5 - Montgomery, AL - Montgomery PAC
7 - Tallahassee, FL - Tallahassee County Civic Center
9 - Jacksonville, FL - The Florida Theatre
10 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr PAC
11 - Melbourne, FL - Kings Center For The Performing Arts
13 - Hollywood, FL - Hard Rock Live
15 - Ft. Myers, FL - Germain Arena