Joe Bonamassa Says He Thought His Career Was Almost Over


Blues-rock guitarist and singer Joe Bonamassa gave an interview to Classic Rock in which he talked about the time when he thought his musical career was almost over.

At 12 years of age, Joe Bonamassa opened for B.B. King at around 20 shows in 1989. Since then, he has continued his music career by playing guitar with bands and contributing to other artists. Throughout his career, Bonamassa has released 16 solo studio albums, 16 live albums and made guest appearances on several records.

On June 11, Bonamassa released the live album and film named ‘Now Serving: Royal Tea Live From The Ryman,’ taken from his performance at the Ryman Auditorium on September 20, 2020. The musician recently released his sixteenth studio album ‘Time Clocks’ on October 29, 2021.

In an interview with Classic Rock, Joe Bonamassa stated that he thought his career was over nine months ago. He planned out what he would do next and looked for a place in Montana to start an antique shop. Further, Bonamassa revealed his concerns about his age and implied he is becoming an ‘antique.’

Following that, the musician said he feels like he turned 44 years ago, and he will be 45 next May, which is almost half a decade. According to Bonamassa, he still has time to make music until he becomes 52 or 62 years old, which makes him feel like time passes pretty fast. So, due to that, he released ‘Time Clocks’ as soon as possible.

Speaking with Classic Rock, Joe Bonamassa said:

“Nine months ago, I thought my career was over. I was cool with it. I looked at places in Montana to start a little antique shop. I had this whole thing planned out. And this notion of time; one day you wake up and people like what you do, the next day you get a birthday cake and a double four, and you’re some sort of fucking antique. I don’t get that mentality.

I turned forty-four years ago, I can remember that like it was nothing. I’m forty-five next May; that’s half the decade. So, if the second half goes as fast as the first… I am not a lifer. I have until fifty-two or sixty-two to get this thing done. So ‘Time Clocks’ is more urgent than some of the stuff before because I feel it moving fast.”

Although he is only 44 years old, Joe Bonamassa is quite concerned with aging and time’s passing. Considering that many musicians are still making music despite being over their 60s and 70s, it seems like Bonamassa plans to leave the music scene way earlier.