BAND & TOUR NEWS
The big band news of 2016 was John's decision to move to a trio format. He is well known for mixing things up, and this latest bold move is signature Mayall. Here in the Press Release we sent out at the time, John explains how it came about. We are happy to say that it has proven, yet again, that John's instinctive feel for the direction his band should take has led to a new and exciting era for the musicians and audiences alike. The fan's reaction to this format on the extensive Fall US tour was enthusiastic and heartfelt, and we can say from experience that it is truly inspiring to watch a musician perform at the top of his game in his '80's. It gives John the perfect platform to showcase his amazing multi-instrumental abilities, and that combined with the interplay between him and his talented rhythm section creates an unforgettable experience. Thank you to all who posted on the website and Facebook page. It was wonderful to hear your glowing reviews!
The band already have a very busy year of Touring lined up for 2017, so we hope that you'll have a chance to catch them somewhere at a venue near you! Having completed the "Rock Legends Cruise" in January, the guys are heading out for a huge European tour early in February, bringing their blues fireworks to many of the countries there including Spain, France, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, The Czech Republic, Poland, The Netherlands and Belguim ... ending with a few days at Ronnie Scott's in London. Those of you in the rest of the UK will also get a chance to see them later in the year, when they embark on a comprehensive UK tour in the Fall. Dates for the European tour are posted on our "tour schedule" page and the UK dates will follow shortly when all are confirmed.
In addition to those two big tours there is also a tour of the Eastern US planned for late May, and a couple of shows in Mexico for April with more dates being added all the time.
We are very excited by the response to John's latest studio release "Talk About That," in January. The album, which includes a guest appearance by legendary guitarist Joe Walsh on a couple of tracks, as well as long time collaborators Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass), and Jay Davenport (drums), is drawing rave reviews! For more information watch this special musicUcansee.com video of the making of the album. For links to buy, please visit The Official John Mayall Store page.
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The JohnMayall.Com logo was taken from an original design by John Mayall. This logo, for a short-lived label called "Crusade Records", is on a very rare album, "J.B. Lenoir", that John Mayall assembled for Polygram and includes recordings by Lenoir in Germany as well as interviews with his widow.
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Long Live The Blues.
2015 ALBUM NEWS
Released 4th September by Forty Below Records "Find A Way To Care" is the follow up to last year's highly acclaimed "A Special Life." Reviewers agree that this is John at the top of his game, and the chemistry between him and his talented band is electric! The album is produced by John and Eric Corne, who wanted to feature John's keyboard playing, saying "He's truly one of the most lyrical, economical and underrated keyboardists around." The addition of a tight horn section also adds sparkle on three of the tracks. There are five original songs, one co-written with bass player Greg Rzab, and an interesting collection of covers, as always hand picked by John. A must have for Mayall fans! Links to buy are on our "store" page.
John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers – Live in 1967 - from Forty Below Records - A very special archival recording of one the best of the Bluesbreakers band lineups, featuring legendary musicians John Mayall (vocals, keyboards, harmonica), Peter Green (lead guitar), John McVie (bass) and Mick Fleetwood (drums). Links to buy are on our "store" page.
2014 ALBUM NEWS
John and the band spent a few days in the studio in November of last year, and came out with an amazing new album titled "A Special Life" released by Forty Below Records, to rave reviews in May. This eclectic album, which is centered in the blues, has three new songs penned by John and one from band members Greg Rzab and Rocky Athas, as well as covers from some of the greats. CJ Chenier came to join the party on a couple of tracks and adds an exciting extra dimension with his vocals and accordion. It is John's first studio album in 5 years and it is one of his best ever! Links to buy are on our "store" page.
BB KING September 16, 1925 – May 14, 2015
"Words cannot express the sadness I feel at losing BB King, such a great friend and an inspiration to everyone who ever loved the blues. Here was a man who was such an artiste that he became the true elder statesman for the music that has inspired so many to take up an instrument. So many musicians all over the world have revered him that he will never be forgotten. From the first time I heard him in 1956 with his incredible single ‘Three O’clock in the Morning” he has been part of my life. A truly great man who lived for and dedicated himself to spreading the blues, he will always be remembered. He and his music will always live on in my heart." -- John Mayall
JACK BRUCE 05/14/43 – 10/25/14:
"I was saddened by the news that Jack died a few days ago. He was quite unique in every respect both as a person and a musician. I will always remember him being in my band, which at that time in 1966 included Eric Clapton, and the way the two of them gelled and went on to form Cream.
But earlier than that I was bowled away by his intense work with the upright bass in a small jazz club around the time he moved to London. And so, not only a great loss to rock and roll, but to the jazz world and we will miss his fearless musical ventures in all fields. So long Jack."
-- John Mayall
JOHN "JUKE" LOGAN 9/11/46 - 08/30/13:
"Was so sorry to hear of the passing of Juke Logan. He was not only a long standing friend and fellow harmonica player but I still remember the fun times we had when we shared studio time and when I was a frequent guest on his radio show. He put up a brave fight and will be much missed."
-- John Mayall
VICTOR GASKIN 11/23/34 - 7/14/12:
"Just recently learned rather late in the day that my old friend and bass player Victor Gaskin had died. Sad to say, (as far as I know) he was the last surviving member of my Jazz Blues Fusion days. He was not only a great bass player but also a wonderful friend who shared many an adventure on the road. Another sad loss." -- John Mayall