Joe Bonamassa Announces Dust Bowl October UK tour

Award-winning blues rock star, guitar hero and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa and his ace touring band will undertake a UK tour in October 2011 to promote his 9th studio album Dust Bowl. The album is released in the UK by Provogue Records on Monday 21st March.

Tickets for Bonamassa's UK tour will go on sale to the general public at 9am on Wednesday March 2nd from 0871 230 1101, and

Fans who can't wait for the general on sale date can take advantage of Planet Rock radio's 48-hour pre-sale, starting at 9am on Monday February 28th via

Dust Bowl is Bonamassa's 9th studio release on Provogue Records in Europe and his J&R Adventures label (which he created with long-time manager Roy Weisman) in the US and his 6th collaboration with Dust Bowl's producer, Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Black Crowes, Black Country Communion).

Dust Bowl was recorded at Black Rock Studios in Santorini, Greece, Ben's Studio in Nashville, TN, The Cave in Malibu, CA and The Village in Los Angeles, CA. The new album combines the gritty, blues-based tones of Bonamassa's first albums with the fluid, genre-defying sounds he's mastered in the years since, and also features a dose of Nashville in duets with legends John Hiatt and Vince Gill, as well as a song collaboration with Glenn Hughes.

In 2010, Bonamassa's previous album, Black Rock, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Blues Albums Chart and #38 on Billboard's Top 200 Chart, a huge leap from 2009's The Ballad of John Henry which debuted at #136 on the Top 200. The eleventh full-length solo release and ninth studio album of his career, this new disc will mark Bonamassa's eighth collaboration with Kevin Shirley as producer.

Recently, Bonamassa has been splitting duties with his side project, the English-American rock group Black Country Communion with bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze), drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Billy Idol, Dream Theater).

BCC released their debut self-titled album, also produced by Shirley, on September 21, 2010. It entered the Billboard Top 200 Chart at #53 and is getting rave reviews. Mojo magazine gave the album four stars and Goldmine said it's "Possibly, the best hard rock album of 2010." Music Radar describes it as "a potent and stomping collection of riff-heavy rockers that will undoubtedly stun listeners."

In addition to the success of Black Rock and Black Country Communion's stellar debut, 2010 kicked off with Guitar World dubbing Bonamassa - "The Blues Rock Titan" and his song, "Lonesome Road Blues," was included in Guitar Hero V's New Blues Masters Track Pack. He was also honoured twice in Guitar Player Magazine's June 2010 Readers' Choice Awards winning "Best Overall Guitarist" for the first time and "Best Blues Guitarist" for the fourth consecutive year. On June 26, he played the main stage at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival in Chicago.

In May 2009, he played a sold out show at London's Royal Albert Hall, arguably the most prestigious concert venue in the world and had the added honour of being joined on stage by the legendary Eric Clapton. Released Oct. 6, 2009 and debuting at #6 on Billboard's DVD Chart was Joe Bonamassa - Live From The Royal Albert Hall, a 2-disc live DVD capturing the intensity and excitement of that show which Bonamassa calls "a day 20 years in the making." Also, in 2009, Bonamassa was awarded the Breakthrough Artist of the Year Award at the UK's prestigious Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards.

A child prodigy, Bonamassa opened shows at age 12 for blues legend B.B. King, who said after first seeing him play, "This kid's potential is unbelievable...He's one of a kind." Bonamassa's recording career began in the early '90s with Bloodline, a rock-blues group also featuring Robby Krieger's son Waylon and MiLes Davis' son Erin. His solo debut was in 2000 with the Tom Dowd-produced A New Day Yesterday.

Bonamassa averages 200 shows every year, almost always playing to sold-out and ever-larger houses, and with each gig, he comes more into his own as a virtuoso and a vocalist. As he heads back to the road in support of his new album, Bonamassa remains infinitely passionate about playing live, connecting with his audiences and making new fans along the way like Slash, who recently said, "Just saw Joe Bonamassa on Jools Holland again. He's definitely my new favourite guitarist."

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Blackpool Opera House
Saturday 15th October 2011
Ticket Price - £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline - 0844 856 1111
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Church Street, Blackpool, Lancashire, FY1 1HW

Capital FM Arena, Nottingham
Sunday 16th October 2011
Tickets - £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline - 08444 124 624
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Bolero Square, The Lace Market, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG1 1LA

Cardiff International Arena
Tuesday 18th October 2011
Tickets - £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline - 02920 224 488
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Mary Ann Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan, CF10 2EQ

Plymouth Pavilions
Wednesday 19th October 2011
Tickets - £30, £40, £50
Ticket Hotline - 0845 146 1460
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Millbay Road, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3LF

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London
Friday 21st October 2011
Tickets - £30 £40 £50
Ticket Hotline - 08448 44 47 48
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH

HMV Hammersmith Apollo, London
Saturday 22nd October 2011
Tickets - £30 £40 £50
Ticket Hotline - 08448 44 47 48
Doors - 7pm / Stage Time - 8pm
Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London, W6 9QH

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