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JOHN MAYALL 'CONGO SQUARE' FINALE, PATRONAAT HAARLEM, MARCH 26TH, 2014

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Powerful solos all around from John Mayall and band, when they performed 'Congo Square' as finale song, to end a superb set of blues music for a delighted, full house audience, at the Patronaat venue, in Haarlem, The Netherlands, on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014. Featuring: Rocky Athas- guitar John Mayall -vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica Greg Rzab - bass Jay Davenport -- drums Links: http://www.johnmayall.com/ http://www.rockyathas.com/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Mayall Extract from John's website (full bio well worth a read): After a couple of years and many personnel changes, Eric Clapton quit the Yardbirds and John quickly offered him the job as his new guitarist. Although John had previously released a couple of singles and a live LP for Decca, the now classic collaboration between Eric and John resulted in the all-time best-selling classic album, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers featuring Eric Clapton. However, by the time it was entering the charts, Clapton and bassist Jack Bruce had left to form Cream. So began a succession of future stars who would define their roots under John's leadership before leaving to form their own groups. Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood became Fleetwood Mac. Andy Fraser formed Free, and Mick Taylor joined the Rolling Stones. Throughout the '70s, John became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel. In 1982, motivated by nostalgia and fond memories, John decided to re-form the original Bluesbreakers. Mick Fleetwood was unavailable at the time so John hired drummer Colin Allen to join with John McVie and Mick Taylor for a couple of tours and a video concert film entitled Blues Alive. In Los Angeles, he selected his choices for a new incarnation of the Bluesbreakers. Officially launched in 1984, it included future stars in their own right, guitarists Coco Montoya and Walter Trout. In 1993, Texas guitarist Buddy Whittington joined the Bluesbreakers and for the next ten years energized the band with his unique and fiery ideas. By October 2008, the years of heavy touring were beginning to take their toll on John and he reluctantly announced his decision to take an indefinite break and permanently retire the name "Bluesbreakers." Happily for the fans, early in 2009 Eagle Records called upon John to come up with a new album. Feeling much revived after months away from music, he put together a new band for the project. A few years ago, Buddy Whittington had introduced John to a fellow Texas guitarist, Rocky Athas and he recalled how impressed he'd been at the time. Luckily he answered the call and was eager to come on board for the proposed album. With the need for a rhythm section of dynamic strength, John turned to bassist Greg Rzab who recommended his fellow Chicagoan Jay Davenport on drums. Finally, the three guys were put together with keyboardist Tom Canning and within two days of meeting up in Los Angeles, the album Tough was in the can. It had taken all of three days in the studio and ever since its release and a growing schedule of world tours, a new era was born. John Mayall has worked with many other amazing guitarists in the past, including Eric Clapton, Peter Green, Mick Taylor, Walter Trout, Coco Montoya, and Buddy Whittington. The album, entitled A Special Life, will be released May 13 on Corne's Forty Below Records with extensive tours of North America, Europe and The UK all set to commemorate John's 80th Birthday Celebration Tour. John Mayall John Mayall John Mayall Rocky Athas Rocky Athas Rocky Athas Greg Rzab Greg Rzab Greg Rzab Jay Davenport Jay Davenport Jay Davenport