John Mayall coming to Forum Karlín

The veteran bluesman is on his 85th anniversary tour

Singer, guitarist and songwriter John Mayall will be at Forum Karlín on March 15, 2019. It is billed as his 85th-anniversary tour, as the blues musician will turn 85 years old Nov. 29.

He was born in 1933 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England, to a musical family, and has been active in music since 1962. It is actually will be his 57th anniversary on stage.

In the 1960s and ’70s, his band the Bluesbreakers launched the careers of several musicians who went on to overshadow him. Eric Clapton was a member in 1965–66, and he and Bluesbreakers’ drummer Jack Bruce would later form Cream. Mick Taylor went on to join the Rolling Stones. Mick Fleetwood, Peter Green and Rick Vito became members of Fleetwood Mac. Drummer Aynsley Dunbar later worked with Frank Zappa and David Bowie, among many others. And that just scratches the surface.

Mayall will be touring this time with guitarist Carolyn Wonderland, bassist Greg Rzaba and drummer Jay Davenport.

Mayall had to cancel some dates in 2018 due to illness, but now has recovered. “It has been some time since our last tour. I have missed the concerts and I would like you to know that we will return to Europe in early 2019,” he said in a press release.

It actually hasn’t been that long since he was last in Prague. He was at Archa in March 2017, and once a year between 2010 and ’12. He also appeared with new lineups of the Bluesbreakers in the 2000s.

Mayall is still active in the studio. “Soon we will release a new album that will be special because it features several of my favorite guitarists. You should know it won’t be missing Joe Bonamassa, Carolyn Wonderland, Todd Rundgren, Larry McCray, Alex Lifeson and Steven Van Zandt,” Mayall said.

“I'm very proud that they all volunteered to be part of my last recording, Nobody Told Me. So I'll go on a journey once more to prove that the blues are still as strong as ever before,” he added.

Mayall was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2016. “John Mayall joins many of his idols, as well as a famous former band member, with his induction into the Blues Hall of Fame. Eric Clapton, guitarist with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers in the 1960s, was inducted in 2014,” the Blues Foundation said in a press release at the time.

It was not the first honor for Mayall, He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2005.

To date, Mayall has over 60 records and CDs to his name, not counting repackagings and compilations. Several of his albums have been hits in the Billboard pop charts including The Turning Point, Bare Wires, Empty Rooms, U.S.A. Union, and Back to the Roots.

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