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Music for Marsden, London, 03 March 2020

Music for Marsden is an amazing event for raising funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity with a formidable lineup of musicians performing their greatest hits at the O2 Arena, London.

The concert started with the great John Illsley, a founder member of Dire Straits, who performed classics such as “Money For Nothing” and “Sultans of Swing”.

Paul Carrack, a longtime member of Clapton’s touring band, and the singer of songs for several bands, performed his hit with Ace, “How Long”. He then invited Mike Rutherford to play “Over My Shoulder” and cover Genesis “I Can’t Dance”.

Paul Jones, amazing singer, blues harmonica player, actor and a very charismatic person! Paul was singing 2 great songs: “Flamingo” and “Do Wah Diddy”.

Paul Young and Zucchero playing “Senza Una Donna” and Zucchero singing “Miserere” joined by Gary Brooker of Procol Harum as a tribute to Luciano Pavarotti. Very moving moment!

Beautiful Bonnie Tyler was singing her hits “Holding Out for the Hero” and “Total Eclipse of the Heart” supported by thousands of people at the venue singing along and switching on the lights.

Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall performed “Stars” and “Something Got Me Started” followed by amazing duet with Tom Jones singing “Ain’t That a Lot of Love”.

Nick Mason took the stage for quite unusual version of Pink Floyd’s fantastic song “Comfortably Numb” supported by amazing band of Guy Pratt, Andy Fairweather Low, Graham Broad, Geoff Whitehorn, Gary Brooker and Olivia Keast.

Yusuf Cat Stevens and Rick Wakeman playing “Morning Has Broken” on stage together for the first time since they recorded it in 1971, what an amazing experience it was! Also Rick Wakeman played the Beatles cover “Eleanor Rigby” and Cat Stevens performed his great timeless song “Wild World”.

The one and only Eric Clapton performed three songs: “Key to the Highway”, “Stormy Monday”, “Crossroads”. The last time Eric performed Stormy Monday was with the Allman Brothers band at the Beacon theatre in New York City in March 2009.

The highlights of the evening included Van Morrison and Eric Clapton jamming on “Help Me”, “Three Chords and the Truth” and “Does Love Conquer All”. They were also joined by Paul Jones playing the harmonica.

Tom Jones got everyone in the place dancing with “Delilah”. He also performed his greatest hits “Green, Green Grass of Home” and “Strange Things Happening Every Day”. Paul Wickens joined Paul Jones playing the accordion.

Gary Brooker was Musical Director of the show. He assembled a stellar house band: Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (keyboards), Andy Fairweather Low and Robbie McIntosh (guitars), Dave Bronze (bass), Graham Broad and Ian Paice (drums & percussion).

Gary also performed Procol Harum’s “Whiter Shade of Pale”.

The final song “All you need is love” was performed by (from left to the right): Andy Fairweather Low, Nick Mason, Robbie McIntosh, Graham Broad, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, Tom Jones, Paul Young, Paul Carrack, John Illsley, Zucchero, Bonnie Tyler and Paul Jones.

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Lil’Ed and the Blues Imperials, Chicago, 23 January 2020

If you have never heard of Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials, I would highly recommend to check them out! They are not only playing the blues but living the blues. Their live shows are full of energy, joy and electrifying sound. They are performing everywhere around the USA and worldwide, but I have seen them in their hometown Chicago at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It was a night full of smiles, great music and fun! I really hope to see them again!

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Mike Ross, Moscow, 2 Nov 2019

I was very lucky to see Mike Ross and the band as a part of the British Blues Invasion festival in Moscow. Mike has his own unique style which combines blues rock, psychedelic rock, delta blues, Chicago style blues. His live shows are really worth to experience, because they are filled with unique music, powerful voice, virtuosic guitar playing, great sound quality and charismatic performance. Mike takes listeners on a detailed history tour of incredible music beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment.

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Mike Ross, Moscow, April 2019

Mike has his own unique style which combines blues rock, psychedelic rock, delta blues, Chicago style blues. His live shows are really worth to experience, because they are filled with unique music, powerful voice, virtuosic guitar playing, great sound quality and charismatic performance. Mike takes listeners on a detailed history tour of incredible music beginning in the Mississippi Delta at the beginning of the 20th century and finishing up right back in the present moment.

Mike has been working with many musicians including Black Crowes founder Rich Robinson and country legend Steve Earle. His own albums sound really fantastic and inspiring, it’s absolutely necessary to check them out for every fan of great unique and stylish music.

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Jimmy C, Moscow, October 2018

Amazing show by Jimmy C last night! Jimmy played some blues classics such as Hoochie Coochie Man, Thrill is gone and many others as long as his own great songs. The show was filled with energy, positive vibes and smiles. Audience was dancing and singing along and didn’t want Jimmy to leave the stage! So he played for almost 3 hours!

Also many thanks to the band and special guest harmonica player Marty Muniz who sounded fantastic together!

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Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets, London, 24 Sept 2018

Pink Floyd famously opened the Roundhouse venue back in 1966 and yesterday Nick Mason and his supergroup Saucerful of Secrets returned there with an amazing setlist of their early classics. I was absolutely thrilled by the crystal clear sound, fantastic visuals, psychedelic music. It was like a time traveling to 60s.

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Will Wilde, Moscow, 2018

Will Wilde opened a new season of British Blues Invasion festival with an amazing show in Moscow. The most interesting part is that Will created his own style of playing guitar solos on a harmonica. Some people think that harmonica sounds boring (yeah, I know those people!), go and check Will out, you will definitely change your opinion. His harmonica playing greatly combines blues sound with rock tunes covered by his emotional vocals. Will played along with very talented Russian band Folkline who introduced us some blues and folk classics.

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Will Johns in Moscow

Will Johns came to Moscow as a part of British Blues Invasion festival. It was simply a fantastic show, Will played his own great songs and some blues classics. Will is not only a musician, but also an exciting performer with the unique guitar technique. 2.5 hours of live music but it felt like one minute! The band’s sound was amazing, crystal clear and so detailed!

Leading the Will Johns Band he has performed with many renowned artists such as Joe Strummer, Ronnie Wood, Jack Bruce and Bill Wyman.

For more information, music links, updates please visit Will’s website:

http://www.willjohns.com/

 

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Buddy Guy’s Birthday Bash at Legends

Buddy Guy’s Birthday Bash was a really great sold out event which took place at Buddy’s club in Chicago.
The Legend turned 81 young, but he is still touring all year, traveling all over the world, recording new music and his live performances are the greatest I have ever seen.
When Buddy is around, the place is filled with smiles, happiness and great vibes!

Many great musicians were playing that night, Marty Sammon and his band played an amazing show, everyone at the club absolutely enjoyed it, actually Marty was playing pretty much the whole night, filling the venue with real blues!
The rising star Quinn Sullivan was jamming with great guitarist Carmen Venderberg.

Then another young and super talented guitar player Leilani Kilgore appeared on stage with Earl Slick.

Jamiah Rodgers took the stage with a solo performance. It was really amazing to be surrounded by so many talented musicians, who absolutely enjoy what they are doing.

The show was continued by the two absolutely great musicians Toronzo Cannon and Kate Moss.


Gary Clark Jr. came to Chicago to celebrate Buddy’s Birthday too but unfortunately he didn’t play that night.
Buddy usually doesn’t play during his Birthday celebrations but this time he appeared on stage. The audience immediately began to dance and sing along!
Overall it was an awesome night of Blues! Buddy is still keeping blues alive, he is an inspiration to so many great musicians!