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Blues Legend John Mayall touring New Zealand April

Media Release: Thursday December 17th

Blues Legend

John Mayall

touring New Zealand April 2010

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, ‘Bluesbreakers 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’.

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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.


Tickets On Sale Monday 21st December

Thurs 15th April/Auckland/The Civic Theatre/Tickets from The Edge

Fri 16th April/Napier/Napier Municipal Theatre/Tickets from Ticketdirect

Sat 17th April/Palmerston North/The Regent on Broadway/Tickets from Ticketdirect

Sun 18th April/New Plymouth/TSB Theatre/Tickets from Ticketek

Mon 19th April/Wellington/The Saint James Theatre/Tickets from Ticketek

Wed 21st April/Dunedin/The Regent Theatre/Tickets from Ticketdirect

Thurs 22nd April/Nelson/The Trafalgar Centre/Tickets from Ticketek

Fri 23rd April/Christchurch/The James Hay Theatre/Tickets from Ticketek

Sat 24th April/Hamilton/The Founders Theatre/Tickets from Ticketek


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