American guitarist Joe Bonamassa fulfilled a lifelong dream on 4 May 2009 when he made his debut at the Royal Albert Hall – a night made even more special when his hero Eric Clapton joined him on stage.

The legendary British musician may be some way ahead of Bonamassa in the Royal Albert Hall appearances table (with over 200 performances Clapton sits some way ahead of pretty much everyone), but after two more sold-out shows on 20-21 April 2017, the blues ace from New Hartford, New York is starting to become something of a hero of the venue himself.

This status was confirmed to Joe when he spotted a framed photo of himself on the wall of the Rausing Circle corridor whilst taking a tour of the venue – sat proudly, the guitarist spotted, next to shots of Stevie Wonder and Status Quo.

Photographer Christie Goodwin was there to capture this moment, as well as the two sensational shows that followed – his fourth and fifth at the Hall, watch out, Eric!. Here’s what she captured:

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

Joe Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall. Christie Goodwin, 2017)

All images: Christie Goodwin, 2017
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