Blues rock star Joe Bonamassa has been forced to call off tonight’s gig at The Sage Gateshead due to illness – disappointing his legions of North East fans including our very own Self Made Man.

The guitar virtuoso cancelled Sunday’s show but travelled up to Newcastle in the hope of bouncing back to full fitness in time to fulfil his longstanding Sage commitment. But the decision was taken to call off another show at around 1pm today – after one of the leading lights of blues rock failed to recover in time.

Bonamassa’s camp insist the date will be rescheduled in the next fortnight and rest assured SMM will bring you the first review of what promises to beĀ  one of 2008’s must-see gigs.