Joe Bonamassa releases ‘Known Unknowns’ live version

New version appears on forthcoming Red Rocks live album

As he continues through the third week of his spring US tour, Joe Bonamassa has released a powerful live rendition of “Known Unknowns,” a bluesy song of heartbreak from his latest studio album Time Clocks. A haunting track that weaves blues, soul, and southern rock motifs to express the pain of a love gone wrong, the live version will be featured on Tales of Time, Bonamassa’s sprawling and expansive live concert film and album shot at the breathtaking Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colorado, due April 14th on multi-formats via his own J&R Adventures.

“It’s about life,” Bonamassa says, explaining the meaning of “Known Unknowns. “We all have this feeling as musicians, of an uncertainty and trepidation about moving forward, because everybody invested their whole lives into it and it’s not like you can say, oh I did music for six months and moved on to whatever. This is why we do this, so we don’t have to get up early and have a boss. That’s why I do it.”

Bonamassa has just announced a handful of additional performances for 2023. Starting with the Capitol Theatre in Yakima, WA on Friday, May 26th, Bonamassa will wind his way across the west, culminating in a performance at the iconic Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on August 6th. Capping the summer with a previously announced two-night run with Styx and Don Felder in the northeast, Bonamassa will round out the year with performances at the Hertz Arena in Ft. Myers, FL on Friday, December 1st and Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, FL on Saturday, December 2nd.

Featuring a stunning visual backdrop that served to highlight the beauty of the music, Tales Of Time captures a stratospheric performance by the blues-rock titan, as his virtuoso guitar style and unique technique and flair elevate the evening to an almost heavenly high. This incredible undertaking was produced by long-time collaborator and producer Kevin Shirley (Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden, Journey).

Stopping at the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh tonight (Wed, Mar 1st), Bonamassa’s spring tour will conclude with his Keeping The Blues Alive at Sea VIII, set for March 13-17, departing from Miami, Florida to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. The festival line-up includes legendary artists like Little Feat, Dion, Bobby Rush, Robert Randolph Band, Joanne Shaw Taylor, Jimmy Vivino, and more. KTBA at Sea is one of the largest fundraisers for Bonamassa’s Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, aiding in its mission to promote music education by providing grants and resources to schools and musicians in need.

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