God­fa­ther of the Blues is 80 years young

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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

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