It's wonderful to see one so young and with so many years experience have a bottom line to put forth his best effort every time out and with a humility to want to honor those who have gone before him and have influenced him and with a crispness of notes played showing his professionalism that is not compromised by substance abuse nor by unkempt appearance. He shows respect for all people that he performs in front of. His style spans so many genres and age groups. He is the epitome of a musician who cares about his audience. Bully for him!
I have seen Joe play twice. In 2013, I watch the concert schedule at the casino ballroom in hampton and said to myself, "who is Joe Bonamassa and why has his concert sold out so quickly? " I live close to the ballroom and go to many concerts. So, the night of the show I stood outside and scored a ticket. He quickly became my favorite new artist. He feels the music and he makes you feel it. I bought most of his CDs. In 2014 he sold out again and I found myself scrounging for another ticket. Yes I found one. I have never spent money for seats up front. Next year, if he comes back, I will splurge. You are looking at a modern master of the guitar and he has a great lyrics also.
I follow his career since maybe 8 years - and he becomes a better and better songwriter (for ex. "The Ballad Of John Henry" or "Slow Train Coming"). Great is his ability to cover songs and create something new (for ex. "A New Day Yesterday" or "Feelin' Good").
But whatever he does - he is my personal most fascinating and because of this in my opinion the best guitar player alive. Just listen "Woke Up Dreaming", when he plays this song on an acoustic guitar...
WoW I can't believe Bonamassa is this low in the list. To be honest with you the only person I think that can give him any kind of competition is Hendrix... and even then I think Joe is superior. Speed, complexity... sound that just pulls you in. Amazing. - zerom13
Joe is so much better than most on this list. Like guitar magazine once said. Joe is probably the best guitarist alive today, that nobody has ever heard of. May I introduce you! Please check out especially his more recent you tube videos. I have been to 4 of his concerts and he just keeps evolving and emerging gloriously better. The man is astounding amazing. He always takes you to a place its good to be, blues or rock.
Should be in the top ten greatest guitar players brilliant blues, rock guitarist a lot better than some of the names in this list! Favourite track sloe gin from the album of same name. come on put him on the site and if you haven't heard of him look him up brilliant the kind of guitarist eric clapton would listen to trust me! - nigmus
Joe is without question the best guitar player on the planet at the moment. To put some of the names I have just read before him is totally ludicrous. In my opinion the top five guitar players of all time (in no particular order) are Page, Hendrix, Bonamassa, Alvin Lee and Clapton.
Saw him last night again and he is one of the best I have seen. There's a lot of guys on this list I have not seen live. And really live is the only way to see and feel what these guys do with a guitar. He is an artist. And really awesome to watch, listen and feel the music.
If people would take the time to listen to all the different types of Music that Joe Bonamassa can play they would have to agree that he is one of the top ten Guitarist of all time. I've been attending concerts since the 60's and have even been a DJ at one time in my life. I was around when Purple Haze was released. Believe me that Joe is one of the Best there is.
Joe really is amazing. Discovered him about 4 years ago & became an instant fan. If you enjoy blues rock then this guy has to be the hottest act around today. Saw him live at the Echo Arena Liverpool & blew me away.
Voted the best guitarist in the world for 3 years from guitarist and blues guitarist. Have you ever seen/heard him play.. Just check out YouTube...
Wow! You have got to be kidding! 121? Check out his performance at Royal Alpert Hall and also Montreux to name a few. I saw Hendrix Live in Dallas and he was great in his time... Then Clapton... Now Bonamassa... Superb technique... And soulful playing... From classical guitar to blues to jazz... This guy tops them all... For me He's the undisputed master guitarist of this century. The guitar players guitarist.
The only reason he is not near the top is that many have not heard him play. I have been to well into the 100s of concerts and have seen many on the list. Although so many are great Bonamassa is amazing, speed, clarity, sound, he has it all.
Joe Bonamassa should be in your top ten along with Nuno Bettencourt. I've seen them both live and no doubt they should be there.
Joe should be in the top 5... He is truly a master and a genius... His playing is mesmerizing... He can do it all.
Another mistake, only I don't think he belongs on this list. Sure, he's lightning quick, but as cold as any guitarist I've seen play. We left before the encore.
People on here should listen to this guy he was on later with jools holland the other night brilliant but he don't get much air play better than most here above him on list even clapton listens to him! - nigmus
Joe Bonamassa is, quite simply, the finest guitarist in the world today, and it's not really close.
Joe Bonamassa to me is the greatest guitarist that ever lived, due to the increadable speed in which he can play and his his ability to write great songs and also the passion and love that he has for what he does. Have a listen to songs like, Spainish boots, Sloe gin and the ballad of John Henry and you'll see why, Awesome!
I agree with a lot of the list but Joe should certainly be in the top 10.
Joe is better than many on this list and continues to improve his craft
He was better at 13 years of age than most are their entire life. The best!
You really should see him at a concert, he really blows your mind so of, with his good solos
This guy is far better than clapton but gets no recognition why!
I like his style very much. And I'm always happy when I can see Joe Bonamassa live on stage.