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John Mayall celebrates his 80th with album and Sage Gateshead gig

Veteran bluesman John Mayall is returning to the North East on the UK leg of his world tour

Blues legend John Mayall
Blues legend John Mayall

You can’t expect a dyed-in-the-wool bluesman to fade into a life of cosy retirement – not when he’s as talented and committed as John Mayall.

The hugely influential founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, whose past members include Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Jack Bruce, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood and many more, is facing up to 80 with a new tour.

Manchester-born Mayall, long resident in the United States, will hit the landmark birthday on November 29, just a few days after his hectic 34-date whizz around Britain.

The tour kicks off in Truro on October 16 and rolls into The Sage Gateshead on November 11.

Mayall has gloried in the affectionate nickname Godfather of British Blues for many years.

He is seen as the link between supergroups Cream, Fleetwood Mac and the Rolling Stones and has mentored and influenced of many of our finest musicians.

Blues legend John Mayall
Blues legend John Mayall

Mayall will hit the UK, after touring America, Canada and Europe, with an all-American band featuring guitarist Rocky Athas, bassist Greg Rzab and drummer Jay Davenport.

He will be supported by King King, a Glasgow-based four-piece led by vocalist and guitarist Alan Nimmo, which has twice triumphed in the best blues band category at the British Blues Awards.

Mayall has released 60 albums in a career spanning half a century – the Bluesbreakers was founded in 1963 – and in the summer released another.

A Special LIfe is his first studio album for five years. It focuses mainly on the blues but also features rock and Americana.

Tickets from The Sage Gateshead  box office: www.sagegateshead.com or 0191 4434661.


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