Joe Bonamassa Reflects On Producing An Album For Two Diet Cokes

In one of his recent Twitter posts, Joe Bonamassa reacted to his fellow musician Eric Gales’ interview with Guitar World about their collaboration. Apparently, Gales’ statement on Bonamassa’s production cost wasn’t a joke as the guitar player only wanted two diet cokes for producing his album.

On October 21, 2021, Eric Gales released a single named ‘I Want My Crown‘ featuring Joe Bonamassa. The song dropped as the lead single of his upcoming album ‘Crown.‘ The record is produced by Bonamassa himself and Josh Smith, and is expected to be out on January 28, 2022.

It was revealed that the album is going to highlight Gales’ struggles with substance abuse, his hopes about a new era of sobriety and unbridled creativity, and his personal reflections on racism, as the musician himself revealed during an interview with Guitar World.

Speaking in the latest issue of Guitar World, Eric Gales opened up about his work with Joe Bonamassa and stated that he offered the guitarist to produce his album while doing an interview together. At first, Bonamassa made a joke about having a high price and then revealed that all it takes was two cans of diet coke. The duo shook hands and started working on the album after the beverages.

During the interview, Gales said:

“I asked, ‘What would it cost me to get you to produce my record?’ He said, ‘First of all, I’m not cheap.’ I said, ‘Okay, name the price.’ He said, ‘All I require is two Diet Cokes.’ I went back to my suite and said, ‘Babe, let’s get two Diet Cokes right fast!’ I took them back to him and said, ‘Deal!’ We shook hands, and that was it.”

After seeing the interview, Joe Bonamassa replied to the article via a post on his official Twitter account. The guitar player confirmed that his fee was two 20oz bottles of Diet Coke. The musician also made a joke saying that his fellow musician Josh Smith, who produced the album as well, required the same but with regular coke.

His tweet follows:

My fee was two 20oz bottles of Diet Coke. Josh Smith required the same, only he drinks regular.”

You can listen to ‘I Want My Crown’ and see the Twitter post below.