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  Legendary Rockers John Mayall & Peter Green Team Up for Fall Tour. 


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If John Mayall had never been born, rock music may have taken a distinctively different path.  In Swinging London in the 60’s some of the most important musicians that were to rule to rock brigade in years to come all cut their teeth with John Mayall BluesBreakers. 

The BluesBreakers was a blues-rock finishing school of sorts, churning out some of rock’s most influential and legendary performers. Eric Clapton(Cream, Blind Faith), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac), Mick Taylor (Rolling Stones), John McVie and Mick Fleetwood (the Fleetwood and Mac of Fleetwood Mac), and Jack Bruce (Cream) are just some of the musicians who first made a name for themselves playing with Mayall. 

Now Mayall will have a reunion of sorts with Peter Green, who left Mayall’s Bluesbreakers to form Fleetwood Mac. Mayall and Green have just announced a Fall tour of the UK which kicks off on October 27th in Croydon, UK.

While Fleetwood Mac is best known for their more poppier sound of the multi-platinum “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” albums, the group was originally founded by Peter Green as a rock blues act. Green named the group after his favorite rhythm section, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. Ironically, McVie was originally reluctant to leave the steady paying gig he had with Mayall to join the group that included a play on his name. But he eventually jumped ship and Fleetwood Mac was officially born. 

Green first got recognition in London music circles when he took Eric Clapton’s place in The BluesBreakers. Soon after, graffiti on a London wall that proclaimed, “Clapton is God” was amended by a fan to read, “Peter Green is better than God”.  Green lead the band through a number of years as a successful blues rock band, recorded several albums with the group and helped make Fleetwood Mac one of the most popular touring groups on the US “college” circuit. The band scored a few hits along the way including “Albatross” and “Black Magic Women” (a song that Carlos Santana would later cover that would launch his career). But the eccentric Green didn’t know what to make of his fame and modest fortune, after failing to convince his bandmates that they should give their earning away to charity, it was only a matter of time before Green left the band he found and went on to find work as a grave digger. 

Peter’s life story as well as Fleetwood Mac’s is one of the strangest in rock history. After his former bandmates in Fleetwood Mac found major success Mick Fleetwood managed to get Peter a recording deal with Warner Bros, but when it came time to sign the contract, Green refused stating he thought it was a deal with the devil. 

Green returned to music in recent years, he would occasionally surface from time to time including his unexpected attendance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Fleetwood Mac in January 1998. His most recent musical projects include several solo efforts as well as a stint with another former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Jeremy Spencer. 

Here are the dates that UK fans can catch these legendary men of blues rock on tour this Fall according to Pollstar. 
10/27 - Croydon, UK- Fairfield Hall 
10/28 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall 
10/29 - Plymouth, UK -  Plymouth Pavilions 
10/30 - Bournemouth, UK - Bournemouth Pavilion Theatre 
10/31 - Cheltenham, UK - Cheltenham Town Hall 
11/01 - Brighton, UK - The Dome 
11/02 - Northampton, UK - Derngate 
11/03 - Oxford, UK - Apollo Theatre 
11/04 - Preston, UK - Guildhall 
11/05 - Grimsby, UK - Grimsby Auditorium 
11/06 - Halifax, UK - Victoria Theatre 
11/07 - Coventry, UK - Arts Centre 
11/08 - Liverpool, UK - Philharmonic Hall 
11/09 - Middlesborough, UK - Town Hall 
11/10 - Manchester, UK - Bridgewater Hall 
11/11 - Sunderland, UK - Empire Theatre 
11/12 - Edinburgh, UK - Usher Hall 
11/13 - Glasgow, UK - Royal Concert Hall 
11/14 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Centre 
11/15 - Chatham, UK - The Central Theatre 
11/16 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange 
11/17 - Harrogate, UK - International Centre 
11/18 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall 
11/19 - Stoke-On-Trent, UK - Victoria Hall 
11/20 - Wolverhampton, UK - Civic Hall 
11/21 - Reading, UK - Hexagon Centre 
11/22 - Tunbridge Wells, UK - Assembly Hall Theatre 
11/23 - Ipswich, UK - Ipswich Regent 
11/25 - Cardiff, UK - St. David's Hall 
11/26 - Guildford, UK - Guildford Civic Hall 
11/27 - Salisbury, UK - Salisbury City Hall 
11/28 - Southend, UK - Cliffs Pavilion 
11/29 - Basingstoke, UK - The Anvil 
11/30 - Hereford, UK - Leisure Centre 
12/01 - Portsmouth, UK - Portsmouth Guildhall 
12/02 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff Hall 
12/03 - Watford, UK - Watford Colosseum 
12/04 - London, UK - Apollo Hammersmith


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