Godfather of the Blues is 80 years young
ONE of the most celebrated musicians in British music history in including Bucks as part of his world tour.
John Mayall’s tour is in celebration of his 80th birthday.
That he would make his place in music history became apparent when he put together the first of his bands, The Bluesbreakers, in 1963.
In the years since he has had links with the likes of Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones, becoming known as the Godfather of British Blues in the process.
His 34 UK dates follow a series of concerts in North America, Canada and Europe with his band, which includes Rocky Athas, Greg Rzab and Jay Davenport.
In a career spanning more than half a century, Mayall has released 60 albums and contributed a huge amount to the rock and blues scenes.
Throughout the 1960s, The Bluesbreakers acted as a finishing school for the leading blues and rock musicians of the day.
Guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green
Aand Mick Taylor joined his band in succession during the mid 1960s, honing their skills before moving on to Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones respectively.
John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and Jack Bruce all played and recorded with Mayall during that period as well.
He continues to record, and this summer released his first studio album in five years, entitled Special Life, serving as further testament to his talent, vitality and dynamic personality.
In it, Mayall goes back to his roots with an eclectic mixture of songs centred on the blues, but with diversions into rock.
For the UK leg of his tour, he is supported by special guests, the award-winning blues band King King.
John Mayall with The New Band