Blues Hall of Fame Member John Mayall Announces New Trio Band Format for Upcoming

Summer/Fall Tour Dates 
photo by Jeff Fasano

LOS ANGELES – With a new studio album titled Talk About That in the can for release in early 2017 on Forty Below Records (which includes special guest Joe Walsh on two tracks); and a lengthy US tour through late fall, British blues “Godfather” John Mayall announced today that effective with the upcoming tour dates, his band will perform as a trio. Mayall officially released the following statement today.




As many of you will have heard the dramatic news that I will now be performing live shows as a trio, I feel I should explain how it all came about in a chain of events that led to my decision.  Due to severe storm conditions recently, guitarist Rocky Athas was unable to get out of Dallas for my recent festival shows that led to my performing as a trio.  Having never performed anywhere or at any time without a guitar sidekick, I found that I was able to explore new territories in a trio configuration playing organ, keyboards, harmonica and guitar.  Needless to say I was surprised at how different and stimulating the experience was for me as a performer.


Several days after the show I made the decision to explore this new venture. When I told Rocky of my decision, he was very understanding and hopefully his popularity in my band for the past seven years will be increased as he resumes his solo career.  To me it seems fitting that the final guitar position in my band featured one of the nicest and most talented guys I’ve known and the best in his field. We all wish him well.


So now, as Greg Rzab, Jay Davenport and I embark on several weeks of intensive touring all around the States, we hope you all will enjoy the fireworks coming your way as my live show calendar brings us to your expectant ears.


Thank you everyone.


John Mayall

September, 2016



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John Mayall US Tour Dates


9/8                         Tupelo Music Hall                                                             Londonderry NH

9/9                         Payomet Performing Arts Center                             North Truro, MA

9/10                       Infinity Hall                                                                         Hartford, CT

9/13                       Skyline Ballroom                                                               New York, NY

9/14                       Mexicali Live                                                                      Teaneck, NJ

9/15                       Daryl’s House                                                                    Pawling, NY

9/16                       Swyer Theatre – The Egg                                              Albany, NY

9/17                       Niagara Falls Blues Festival                                           Niagara Falls, NY

9/18                       State Theatre                                                                    State College, PA

9/20                       Artsquest Musikfest Café                                            Bethlehem, PA

9/21                       Jergel’s Rhythm                                                                Warrendale, PA

9/22                       The Kent Stage                                                                 Kent, OH

9/23                       Notes at Copious                                                             Columbus, OH

9/24                       Live at Ludlow Garage                                                    Cincinnati, OH

9/25                       Buskirk-Chumley Theatre                                             Bloomington, IN

9/27                       Callahan’s Music Hall                                                      Auburn Hills, MI

9/28                       Holland Park Theater                                                      Holland, MI

9/29                       The Warehouse                                                                Carmel, IN

9/30                       City Winery                                                                         Chicago, IL

10/1                       Shank Hall                                                                           Milwaukee, WI

10/2                       Dakota Jazz Club                                                               Minneapolis, MN

10/4                       The Washington                                                               Burlington, IA

10/5                       Knucklehead’s Saloon                                                    Kansas City, MO

10/7                       King Biscuit Blues Festival                                             Helena, AR

10/8                       Gumbo Festival at Smith Park                                     Jackson, MS

10/9                       City Winery                                                                         Atlanta, GA

10/11                     King Center                                                                        Melbourne, FL

10/12                     Amaturo Theater                                                             Ft. Lauderdale, FL

10/13                     Capitol Theater                                                                 Clearwater, FL

10/14                     Lyric Theatre                                                                      Stuart, FL

10/15                     Ponte Vedra Concert Hall                                             Ponte Vedra, FL

11/3–11/6           Jazz Alley                                                                             Seattle, WA

11/7                       Aladdin Theater                                                                Portland, OR

11/9                       Tower Theatre                                                                  Bend, OR

11/10                     El Rey Theatre                                                                   Albuquerque, NM

11/11                     Rio Theater                                                                         Santa Cruz, CA

11/12-11/13        Yoshi’s                                                                                  Oakland, CA

11/14                     Tower Theatre for Performing Arts                          Fresno, CA

11/15                     Crest Theater                                                                    Sacramento, CA

11/16                     Fremont Theater                                                             San Luis Obispo, CA

11/17                     Canyon Club                                                                       Agoura Hills, CA

11/18                     The Rose                                                                             Pasadena, CA

11/19                     The Coach House                                                             San Juan Capistrano, CA

11/20                     Belly Up Tavern                                                                Solana Beach, CA


Additional dates forthcoming ….

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