They call him the Godfather of British Blues and John Mayall is making UK fans an offer they can’t refuse - to see him on stage at the grand old age of 81. That’s how young he will be when his 34-date UK tour brings him to Sheffield City Hall on November 4. Mayall is promoting his first album in five years, called A Special Life. And like the 80th Anniversary Tour it’s a celebration of a career which saw his band, The Bluesbreakers, launch some of rock’s greatest musicians.
Members included Eric Clapton; Mick Taylor, who joined The Rolling stones; Peter Green. John McVie and Mick Fleetwood, who went on to form Fleetwod Mac, and Jack Bruce, of Cream. “They are all great. You can’t compare one with the other because they all have their own personalities and take on things. That’s the mark of a good musician. They don’t sound like anyone else,” he told The Star in an exclusive chat from his home in Los Angeles.