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In a brand new, exclusive interview conducted by Rock N Roll Universe
(www.rocknrolluniverse.com), hard-rocking blues guitarist Joe
Bonamassa discusses his new album, 'Sloe Gin', working with producer
Kevin Shirley(Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Dream Theater) as well as
appearing with Ted Nugent on VH1's 'Supergroup' reality series. During
the interview, Bonamassa also discussed recording at the BBC in 2006,
appearing with drummer Carmine Appice as well as being named Guitar
Player Magazine's 2007 Blues Guitarist Of The Year in the reader's
poll. A short excerpt from the interview follows:

Rock N Roll Universe : Also speaking of players, you got together last
year with Ted Nugent at The Sand Dollar Blues in Las Vegas for an
impromptu jam, a portion of which was shown on VH1's 'Supergroup'.
What was it like playing with Ted, and what effect did your appearance
on that show have on your public profile?

Joe Bonamassa : I'll tell you what, it goes to show you that a little
TV goes a long way. Because I literally was on that thing for what,
fifteen, thirty seconds maybe? And everybody goes, "Were you on that
'Supergroup' show?" "Yes, I was." I love Ted Nugent. He's a great guy,
and he loves guitars. He's been a great friend to me, and has said
some wonderful things about me. I really respect the man and what he's
been able to accomplish. As a showman, an icon of rock, Ted Nugent's
"Ted Nugent". You just say the name and everybody knows what he's
about. It was a strange thing, because reality shows, the way it was
perceived was like, "Joe just happened to be at The Sand Dollar,
jamming in front of the crowd, then Ted just happened to walk in." We
actually were all sitting out in production trailers, we were filming
a show. It was a cool thing, because nobody knew who was showing up
there, they just said, "Two famous people are coming." Now, there's a
different level between how famous I am, and how famous Ted Nugent is.
When I went up, playing guitar, they were like, "Who the hell is this
guy?" (Laughs) Then when Ted Nugent walked in, he goes from being Ted
Nugent, the guy I know and have hung out with, to being Ted Nugent the
showman. There's no better guy whom I've seen work a room. He walks in
and he's a rock star. People just love him. We jammed for like twenty
minutes, and I got to play the Byrdland, which was a thrill for me. I
guess he doesn't let everybody play it. He said, "Would you like to
touch the Byrdland?" (Laughs) It was just a fun experience, then we
went to the airport. We actually played a show in Vegas the night
before, and I stayed over an extra day. Then I bolted to the airport,
and that was it.

Rock N Roll Universe : Ted is, to say the least, very outspoken. Did
he give you any advice?

Joe Bonamassa : His advice to me was, "Just keep doing what you're
doing. You're doing great. People are taking notice of you." That was
pretty much it. Ted's always been nice to me. I've opened up for him
several times. He's an icon, going back to his first albums with The
Amboy Dukes and the single "Journey To The Center Of The Mind". If you
watch a Ted Nugent show, you'll get a supreme lesson in how to control
an audience. If you want to know how to get 5,000-10,000 people in the
palm of your hand within a minute of walking onstage, watch a Ted
Nugent gig. He's a master at it. Ted doesn't really get his due as a
guitarist due to his persona and personality. His showmanship kind of
outdoes that. I think that gets more attention. If you sit down and
talk with him, he's actually a very knowledgable guitar player. Very
into blues, very into music, very into a lot of things.

Rock N Roll Universe : Back in November of last year, you made an
announcement that fueled speculation that you would be undertaking a
short tour with drummer Carmine Appice and bassist Tim Bogert. Is
there anything to that? Is something along those lines still in the
works or is it on the back burner for now?

Joe Bonamassa : We never ended up getting that together. It's sad,
because I wanted to do a few selected dates. Some fun things to do,
like BBA... Bonamassa, Bogert & Appice. But I don't want to take away
from Jeff Beck, because BBA was Jeff's band too. I thought it might be
fun to marry the two catalogs together and have some fun, because
those jams that we did were just rockin'. I wanted to do perhaps four
or five shows, because my solo thing is what I do. It got to the point
where they wanted to do eighty shows, and I can't commit to that many
shows. We just never could get together with that. But I'd never rule
out doing it again. I'd just like to do a few specialty shows. A gig
in L.A., New York, just have some fun. Because that to me was the
whole point of it, to have fun and have a low pressure scenario for
me. I was kind of thinking of all the expenses, and I went, "Oh God, I
can't do this." (Laughs) I met Carmine when I was inducting James
D'Aquisto, the guitar builder, into the Long Island Music Hall Of
Fame. It was kind of a star studded event, with Leslie West, Carmine,
Billy Joel... it was pretty swanky. Carmine went, "Hey man, we should
get together and jam." I said, "Sure." So, we set up a thing during
the third encore, and Tim, Carmine and I just got up and jammed. We
played "Superstition", because that was one thing I knew, and some
other Beck, Bogert & Appice stuff. Carmine's a great guy, as is Tim.
They're so fun to hang around with. They've been involved in some of
my favorite music of all time. Vanilla Fudge, that was rocking. The
BBA stuff was awesome too. I'm really honored to know them.

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