John Mayall is known as the Godfather of British Blues – the man who influenced some of the greatest bands of the 20th century, from Cream and Fleetwood Mac to the Rolling Stones and Free.
This year he is celebrating his 80th birthday with a world tour, taking in America, Canada and Europe, including 34 UK dates this autumn. He can be seen on Thursday, November 13, at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax.
Mayall’s career spans more than five decades but began when he launched his own band the Bluesbreakers in 1963.
He has recorded 60 albums, including the latest, A Special Life, which was released in time for the tour.
Throughout the 1960s the Bluesbreakers was a ‘finishing school’ for musicians who went on to become the leading blues/rock performers of the day, including guitarists Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green and Rolling Stone Mick Taylor. Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, and Cream bassist Jack Bruce also played and recorded with Mayall.
Ticket details for John Mayall’s 80th Anniversary Tour are available from 01422 351158.