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Tuesday, 4 November 2014

King King to support John Mayall at Birmingham Symphony Hall

Singer and guitarist Alan Nimmo of blues band King King
Growing up in Glasgow in the late 80s and early 90s, Alan Nimmo wasn’t into the same kind of music as his classmates.

While they were listening to the likes of the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays, his Walkman was reverberating with the sounds of blues guitarists Eric Clapton, Peter Green and BB King.

So, some two decades on, when Nimmo and his band King King were approached by promoters for John Mayall – the man whose long-running Blues Breakers band numbered both Clapton and Green among its alumni – about the possibility of supporting the great man on tour, they didn’t need a second invitation.

“We bit their hand off,” the kilted singer and guitarist recalls.

“John Mayall is someone I grew up with. He is called ‘the Godfather of the Blues’ because of the idea he had to put these great guitar players on a platform. He gave us all of them.

“He is 80 years old now and he’s still filling concert venues. That’s the mark of a man who works really hard at what he does.

“It’s a lesson to any young band.”
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