Blues star Joe Bonamassa confirmed as Saturday night Symphony at the Tower artist
Billed as Joe Bonamass in Concert: A Salute to the British Blues Explosion, Bonamassa will pay homage to some of the best blues rock guitarists playing the music of Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page.
The concert is part of our Symphony at the Tower weekend at Hoghton Tower and will take place on Saturday July 2.
Tickets are available as a special pre-sale from Tuesday 26th January from Planet Rock with general sale from 9am Friday 29th January from our Symphony at the Tower website here. They are also available direct from St Catherine’s Hospice or The Mill Cafe in Lostock Lane, Lostock Hall, Preston, PR5 5XU / 01772 629171.
Joe Bonamassa’s love of the British Blues is at the heart of his musicial inspiration, and, for the first time, he will perform this unique concert tribute giving music fans across the North West and beyond the opportunity to hear some of the finest Blues ever produced.
“If it wasn’t for certain British musicians of the early 1960s, the Blues may well never have exploded into Rock music as we know it today, and indeed may have passed into history,” says Bonamassa.
Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page are some of the greatest guitarists of their time who influenced Joe Bonamassa’s career. All three are Yardbirds alumni, and actually all played together at one time in the same band. Jimmy Page went on to form Led Zeppelin, which became the ultimate electric Blues band, and both Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck became international superstars in their own right.
The announcement Bonamassa is to play Symphony at the Tower comes after it was revealed pop favourite Will Young will headline the opening night of the three-day event on Friday July 1.
It will close on Sunday July 3 with the Symphony Spectacular – a classical Proms-style concert for all the family to enjoy featuring a live orchestra, picnics, family fun and fireworks.
Symphony at the Tower is a flagship fundraising event for the Lostock Hall hospice and the event celebrates its 21st birthday in 2016. For the past three years, the charity has worked with events promoters Cuffe and Taylor to host the weekend of live music.
Lorraine Charlesworth, Director of Income Generation at St Catherine’s Hospice, said: “We’re very excited to announce Joe Bonamassa as our Saturday night act as he’ll bring something a little bit different to our 21st birthday Symphony.
“The music of Clapton, Page and Beck is timeless and we know their classic hits and iconic guitar riffs are in good hands with Joe.
“We hope lots of St Catherine’s supporters, along with rock and blues fans from across the region, will turn out for a great night of music in aid of a wonderful cause.”
Cuffe and Taylor are responsible for sourcing the acts for Symphony at the Tower and Director Peter Taylor added that 2016 is shaping up to be a great event.
He said: “Joe Bonamassa at Symphony at the Tower is a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience not to be missed and coupled with the fact it is in support of St Catherine’s Hospice this is going to be a very exciting evening.”
Tickets for Will Young and the Sunday night Symphony are already on sale priced at £35 for Will Young and £22.50 for the Symphony Spectacular.
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