Joe Bonamassa Compares Bono To Mick Jagger And Robert Plant
In his recent interview with Classic Rock, Joe Bonamassa talked about his favorite songs of late blues musician B. B. ‘Bono’ King. Also, he stated that King had an extraordinary talent and had a great influence on him by comparing him to The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger and Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant.
Bonamassa revealed that his favorite B. B. King songs were ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ and ‘When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around).’ ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ was released as a track of King’s seventeenth studio album ‘Completely Well’ and became the most popular song of the album. ‘When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around)’ belonged to his seventeenth studio album ‘Midnight Believer’ and also received very positive comments.
King was described as The King of the Blues and one of the Three Kings of the Blues Guitar after releasing the greatest hits of blues. According to Bonamassa, B. B. King had a great influence on his career as a blues-rock guitarist and singer. He highlighted that Bono was one of the greatest frontmen of all time along with Mick Jagger and Robert Plant.
During his interview, Joe Bonamassa drew attention to the greatness of B. B. King’s ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ and ‘When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around).’ In addition, he emphasized that The King of the Blues deserved a place in the list of the greatest lead vocalists of all time along with Mick Jagger and Robert Plant by praising his talent as a blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.
Bonamassa stated in the interview that:
“To me, Bono is right up there with Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, and Paul Rodgers as one of the greatest frontmen in rock.
But when you watch the video of this song that was broadcast on MTV – back when the ‘M’ stood for ‘music’ – you can see that even Bono himself knows there is only one King on that stage – first name Riley.”
This was B.B. King’s smash hit. To me, ‘The Thrill Is Gone’ is the perfect blues song. It’s simple yet sophisticated – and never gets old.
And, in a very un-blues fashion, it was a hit, so that was an amazing feat. It taught young kids like me growing up that it was possible to stick to your passions and have a hit song at the same time and get it out there to a larger audience.
I particularly loved the studio production. It was Bill Szymczyk who put all the string sections on, and they add extra sadness to the track while staying out of the way of Mr. King, allowing him to do his thing.
He played a Gibson 355 with a Varitone through a Fender Twin – that’s the trick. One note tells you who it is.”
Bonamassa went on:
“‘When It All Comes Down (I’ll Still Be Around)’ is a hidden gem in B.B. King’s somewhat overlooked ’80s output. There’s a great version of this tune played live at Montreux circa 1993.
My guitar-geek buddies and I always comment on how great a song that is, and how it is never mentioned among B.B.’s best and brightest.”
You can listen to the songs below.