being as John Bonham’s lad
was in the drum chair.
You’re both in tip-top form on
the record. What do you do to
maintain your chops?
Bonamassa: Not a lot, to be
honest. Mostly I just play two
or three hours every day and
that seems to do the trick.
Hughes: I play a bit every
day, but more often on guitar than on bass. I’m kind
of eccentric. I’ve got guitars
everywhere in my house—even
in the kitchen . . . vintage
Les Pauls and Strats, a lovely
Gibson Dove, and an old
mahogany-bodied Martin. I
don’t go about it in any structured way—I’ll just pick it up
and play what comes naturally,
whether for two minutes or two
hours at a stretch, listening to
the chords that come out and
thinking about how I can turn
them into a song. Music and
songwriting really are at the
center of my universe.
Hughes, Bonham, and Bonamassa in a groove. Note that Bonham’s kick drum bears the symbol used by his father,
John, on Led Zeppelin IV—a rune that reportedly represents a father, mother, and child.
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1959 Gibson Les Paul nicknamed “Magellan,” Gibson Joe Bonamassa Les
Paul, Gibson Don Felder “Hotel California” EDS-1275 6/12 doubleneck,
Gibson Explorer, Fender Jeff Beck Stratocaster, Music Man Steve Morse
Y2D, 1969 Grammer Johnny Cash acoustic
Four Marshall Jubilee heads, four 1969 Marshall Super Lead heads, two
Marshall Super Bass 4x12 cabinets with Electro-Voice EVM12L speakers,
two Mojo 4x12 cabinets with Electro-Voice EVM12L speakers
Ibanez Tube Screamer, Boss DD- 3 Digital Delay, Jim Dunlop JBF3 Fuzz
Face, Jim Dunlop Joe Bonamassa Signature Wah
Strings, Picks, and Accessories
Ernie Ball Slinky (.011–.052 sets on both electric and acoustic guitars), signature Jim Dunlop Jazz III Joe Bonamassa picks, Jim Dunlop metal slide
Two Nash Guitars PB57s, assorted vintage Fenders
Two Laney Nexus-Tube heads
D’Addario EXL170 (.045–. 100)
“I’ve got guitars everywhere
in my house—even in