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An Evening For Jack 25/10/16


"The word was that the desperately missed Gary Moore was originally going to be handed this gig. Given the sumptuous ease in which Moore knocked off Cream classic after classic with Jack at the Dick Heckstall-Smith Tribute at The Astoria in June 2005 - this would have been a no-brainer. So step up to the plate a certain Joe Bonamassa. The talk was also that it would be so fitting for Bruce and Bonamassa to take this opportunity - given it was a celebration of sixty years of British Blues - to pay homage to Moore himself. An ill advised pit stop resulted in me re-entering the auditorium just as Jack and Joe launched into Midnight Blues - and what a stunning tribute this was to Gary. If any of the Bruce faithful had not heard or seen Bonamassa before they were certainly sitting up and listening during Joe’s solo on ‘Theme For An Imaginary Western’ - from Jack's debut solo album, ‘Songs For A Tailor’."

Dateline: Saturday 4th June 2011 - Royal Festival Hall, London (pictured) - the last review we did of the late great Jack Bruce who's career is being celebrated at the Shepherd's Bush Empire tonight - and we will be there!

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