September 9, 2010 by billie789
I just read an updated list of Rolling Stone’s Top 100 guitarists and Joe Bonamassa isn’t on it. Joan Jett is on the list, but no Smokin’ Joe. Hendrix is still Number One, but no Joe in the other 99. The dude who played guitar in the MC5 back in the 70’s is on the list, but not JB. There are scads of dead people on then list, but not JB.
This fool is in Rolling Stone 24/7!
Now, I gotta ask: Why not? The guy gets all kinds of attention and ranking in so many guitar player publications and blues forums, but as of today, you can search his name in Rolling Stone’s database and all that comes up is a recent piece on Jason Bonham updates where the members of Black Country Communion are listed simply as band mates. There are a couple of choice paragraphs from Jason about how Robert Plant complimented him on his playing for a one-night Led Zep reunion gig, but told him that they weren’t interested in continuing with him as drummer because, afterall, “Led Zepplin was John (Bonham),” said Plant.
So much for the silly marketing ploy of saying that BCC is “an earth-shaking, AWESOME , head-on, train wreck of a magical gathering of the gods of LED ZEPPLIN, DEEP PURPLE (Roger Glover was Deep Purple’s bass player) DREAM THEATER and some guy named Joe Bonamassa!
Jason goes on to say that if Zep called, he would swim across the ocean to get there, if he had to. So much for the new band.
I mean, Jason Bonham farts and Rolling Stone does a feature article on him. Joe Bonamassa gains all kinds of good reviews and attention from the music industry, except for that one, stubborn publication that is the hallmark of rock and roll journalism and news.
And I want to know, beyond his die-hardest fans who say he’s never going to be “cool,” why that is. Why won’t Rolling Stone recognize this talented musician and all around good guy? How come all these industry guitar player forums and magazines wail about Joe Bonamassa this and Joe Bonamassa that and Rolling Stone doesn’t even acknowledge his existence.
Anyone? I mean, this is downright embarassing. Is Joe Bonamassa the new Rodney Dangerfield?