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Blues Legend John Mayall


Fri 16 Apr 2010, 7:30pm

Where: Napier Municipal Theatre, 119 Tennyson St, Napier, Hawke's Bay / Gisborne

Restrictions: R18

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Listed by: LJP

The blues doesn't get much more exciting than this! John Mayall is of course a pioneering English blues singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. His musical career spans over fifty years, but the most notable episode in it occurred during the late '60s, when he was the founder of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers.

As a gifted talent-scout, Mayall has been influential in the careers of many instrumentalists, including Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Peter Green, John McVie, Mick Fleetwood, Mick Taylor, and Don "Sugarcane" Harris.

John was born in 1933 in the small village of Macclesfield near Manchester (as was Ian Curtis of Joy Division). This skinny English lad grew up listening to his father's jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. In the late '60s John moved to London where he turned professional and went under the name John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. He soon met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, and this historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers, ‘Blues Breakers With Eric Clapton’ (1966), and resulted in worldwide legendary status. In 1969, with his popularity blossoming in the USA, John released his classic acoustic live album ‘The Turning Point’. Over the years, John has released several albums that have set new standards in rock blues, namely ‘Behind The Iron Curtain’, ‘Chicago Line’, ‘A Sense Of Place’ and the Grammy-nominated ‘Wake Up Call’.

2009 saw the release of John's 57th album, ‘Tough’, and, as for the man himself, the father of six and the grandfather of six, John Mayall, at 75, hopes to keep the blues alive for many more years to come.

Joining John Mayall will be NZ’s own legendary blues-man, Hammond Gamble. Since the mid 70’s Gamble’s songwriting prowess has captured fan’s imaginations and fellow songwriter’s envy. Originally with his band Street Talk, Gamble's powerful stage presence swiftly drew career-altering attention with opportunities to work with Chris Hillman, (The Byrds) and Kim Fowley (Joan Jett, The Runaways).

Hammond Gamble’s solo career has spawned four albums and a number one hit in the early '90s with You Make the Whole World Smile. He's played support with some of the world’s finest acts including The Eagles, Joe Cocker, Talking Heads, Bonnie Raitt, Fleetwood Mac and Tina Turner.

These shows will undoubtedly be an extravaganza evening of glorious blues, amazing musicianship and good times not to be missed!

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