Review: King King + John Mayall – Southport Theatre: 12th November

Posted on: Monday, Nov 17, 2014

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Review for JOHN MAYALL + King King @ Southport Theatre, Southport www.johnmayall.com/ www.kingkingblues.com/

It was a strange feeling watching a blues band in a theatre, but King King did a great job getting the audience to their feet to liven up the mood. They played a great, if short set in the true King King style, finishing off brilliantly with the classic ‘Old Love’.

It was then time for the blues master himself to hit the stage. John Mayall, in his 80th year and a legend in his lifetime, is still giving it large, starting the set playing keys. Getting into a bit of Sonny Boy Williamson, with John on harmonica, the John Mayall experience continued, whether on guitar, harp or keys he had great support from his band. He gave us a mix of slow blues, up tempo 12 bar and even a funky number, all in a distinctive Mayall style with vocals that are his calling card.

Some excellent musicianship from his band, Rocky Athas on guitar, Greg Rzab on bass and Jay Davenport on drums, who are all class musicians in their own right. They were given the opportunity to ‘show off’ in individual solos, which they did to perfection.

A highlight of the set was an invitation for Alan Nimmo from King King to join the band on guitar for a couple of numbers. For the encore, a classic Mayall number ‘All Your Love’, Alan came back to play again. What a fantastic way to finish a great set, so hats off to this great man. A memorable evening was had by all.

Rosy Greer – Lancashire Blues Archive and Independent Reviewer www.facebook.com/lancsbluesarchive

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