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'Joe Bonamassa: Tour de Force' to air on AETN March 13

Posted 10 Mar 2014

"Joe Bonamassa: Tour de Force - Live in London" will air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Thursday, March 13, at 8:30 p.m. During the broadcast, a limited number of tickets to his Nov. 11 performance at Verizon Arena will be available through the Arkansas PBS Foundaion.

"Tour de Force - Live in London" chronicles Bonamassa's atmospheric rise from the intimate club environment of The Borderline, to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall. Each individual evening was marked by a unique theme with different set lists, arrangements and ensembles, providing the viewer with four unique performances.

Bonamassa's journey begins in the intimate setting of the 200-capacity London Borderline with a three-piece band. The result is a jammy tribute to his earlier career, with songs he hasn't played live in years. Next is a blues-themed night at Shepherd's Bush Empire, featuring a horns section to create a soulful, big-blues-band feel. Bonamassa then moves to the Hammersmith Apollo, where he opens with a short acoustic set before moving into a rock-inspired evening. Finally, at the Royal Albert Hall, he treats the crowd to a half acoustic/half electric show of his most popular and well-known songs, featuring the acoustic band from his most recent release, "An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House."

Each performance features a different selection of songs - more than 60 total, some of which have never been performed live before - from his extensive career beginning with 2000's "A New Day Yesterday."

"Joe Bonamassa: Tour de Force - Live in London" will repeat Saturday, March 15, at 11 p.m.

A limited number of tickets to "Joe Bonamassa: Tour de Force" at Verizon Arena Tuesday, Nov. 11, are available for a donation to the Arkansas PBS Foundaion. AETN viewers will have the opportunity to reserve seats for this concert for a donation of $120 per ticket. Additionally, 20 tickets with meet and greet passes are available for a donation of $250 each. Tickets may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386 or visiting

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