Bonamassa was speaking with New York’s WAXQ in a recent radio interview, where he was asked about guitarists who still consistently blow his mind.
“Every decade rolls over, he’s still the best rock n roll guitar player in the world and he figures out a new way to do something different with the guitar in every decade that he’s been active – 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s to now,” Bonamassa said.
Recalling some festival dates he played with Beck some “seven, eight years ago” Bonamassa shared the epiphany he came to being backstage with the legend himself.
“[Beck] would retreat into his dressing room and he’d take his guitar and plug it into his little practice amp – it was probably just some little battery-powered thing,” Bonamassa said. “And I should have been playing too because we had to go on before; I couldn’t even look at the guitar while I was listening to that.”
“It made you want to weep and you’re like ‘it’s him, it comes out of him, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a little practice amp, you just give him a guitar and he’ll figure out a way to get these sounds out of it, and that’s complete raw talent, it’s not the equipment, it’s just him.”
“Even though he’s a little bit older than me, he’s been playing just as long. It’s like he’s constantly searching for a little thing to change it, you know, which is great,” the guitarist said of Gales’ playing.