Joe Bonamassa, at 38, Is Thinking About Retirement


Joe Bonamassa is only 38 years old, but he’s already thinking about retirement.

The blues guitarist and collector tells The Classic Rock Magazine Show on TeamRock Radio that he doesn’t see himself following in the footsteps of the late B.B. King and touring until a ripe old age.

B.B. King toured up until he was 89,” Bonamassa says.”I don’t see myself on the road at 69. I see another 20, 25 years, maybe.”

Bonamassa has spent the past 26 years performing, having got his start as a youngster.

“If I do this for another 20, that’ll be 46 years. I’m not going to overstay my welcome,” he says. “ I’ll bow out way before it becomes apparent that I should.”

As for what he intends to do once he stops performing, even Joe isn’t sure. But he knows what he won’t do.

“I won’t produce records,” he says. “I won’t sign people to my label. I won’t do any of that.

“I’ll be happy bowing out. It’s hard to say that at almost 40 years old, but there’s a time, 25 years from now, when it’ll be enough.”

In the interview, Bonamassa also discusses his disillusionment with the music business and his feelings about its future. The interview is broadcast on TeamRock Radio’s The Classic Rock Magazine Show on November 28 from 9 p.m. and will be available to listen on demand afterward.

If you think Bonamassa’s thoughts on retirement at this early age are a little unusual, that’s nothing compared to the video below, in which he teams up with Zakk Wylde to play Cream’s “Crossroads” on December 13, 2013. Odd, yes, but so good. Take a look.