Blues legend John Mayall to visit St Albans for concert
PUBLISHED: 15:54 24 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:54 24 March 2017
Blues legend John Mayall will be coming to St Albans for a concert as part of a tour to promote his 65th studio album.
The Godfather of British Blues will be appearing live at The Alban Arena on Thursday, November 23.
Tickets are on sale now, priced £32 and £29.50.
Regarded by many as blues’ most influential artist, John’s band The Bluesbreakers helped launch the careers of Eric Clapton, Mick Fleetwood and Welwyn Hatfield’s very own Mick Taylor, who later joined The Rolling Stones.
Mayall will be joined in St Albans by special guest and long-term collaborator, Texan guitarist Buddy Whittington.
He returns to the UK with The Buddy Whittington Band.
After joining The Bluesbreakers in 1993, he energised the band with his unique and fiery live style.
Mayall’s massive UK tour follows the release of his latest album, Talk About That, earlier this year – an incredible feat, as it is his 65th album of original material.
Now 83, the guitarist, singer and organist rose to fame in the early 1960’s UK blues revolution, with the formation of his band John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.
The Bluesbreakers featured a cast of legendary members such as Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, John McVie, Peter Green, and Mick Fleetwood in different line-ups of the group.
Mayall’s pioneering blues-blend has also seen him find fame in America, where he was heralded for his many jazz / rock / blues innovations.
This culminated in him being nominated for a Grammy Award, for his 1993 album Wake Up Call.
The album featured special guest appearances from Mick Taylor, Mavis Staples and Buddy Guy.
Lauded throughout his career, John Mayall was awarded an OBE for his services to British music in 2005, and was also inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016.
Having permanently retired the Bluesbreakers name in 2008, Mayall began touring with George Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport, and as a trio Mayall’s songs are as dynamic and bold as ever.
• To buy tickets for John Mayall’s St Albans concert, visit The Alban Arena’s website at www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/john-mayall-in-concert/