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The Blues Band: British Invasion of Soul
Manfred Mann was a pop-blues band in the 1970s that stood at the forefront of the British Invasion on U.S. charts. When the band split up, former members Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness decided to collaborate on a new project. The Blues Band was built on a foundation of classic blues music, featuring aching guitars, harmonica interludes, and soulful singing. Founded in the late '70s, the band continues to tour today. Grab The Blues Band tickets to see some founders of modern music work their magic.
The band's tours primarily stick to the U.K. with past venues including the Palace Theatre in Mansfield, the New Vic Theatre in Newcastle, and The Octagon Theatre in Keighley. European touring occurs less frequently but has included a number of venues throughout Germany. Keep an eye on the schedule to find out the dates and locations of the band's next tour.
The former Manfred Mann members Jones and McGuinness were involved in the U.K. music scene right as some of the most talented music acts of our time were emerging. Paul Jones was actually offered a spot in a then-forming group called The Rolling Stones, but politely declined to instead join Mann.
Tom McGuinness had earlier played in a short-lived band that featured an 18-year-old guitar prodigy. That prodigy was Eric Clapton, who would go on to become a member of Cream before finding solo success.
BandThe initial lineup included Jones on vocals and harmonica and his old band mate McGuinness on guitar. Dave Kelly came on board as a vocalist and slide guitarist, having already toured with blues greats such as John Lee Hooker. Bassist Gary Flint and drummer Hughie Flint rounded out the band. However, Flint left within a few years and was replaced by Rob Townsend. All of the members of this amended lineup are still with the band today. Under The Blues Band, this group of musicians created some of the most creative, independent albums of the past three decades. Audiences still clamour to witness this long-forged chemistry in person.
The Blues Band created its own breakthrough. The prior successes of Jones and McGuinness convinced a record label to take a chance on the new band, allowing them to use a studio to record some music. Then the label decided to drop the band -- with the unpaid studio bills. However, band members were smart enough to take a tape copy of the recording session and quickly put a plan into motion.
What happened next was one of the rare occasions of a band pirating its own music. The Blues Band printed 3,000 albums from the tape audio, packaged the album in simple white covers, and numbered them to appear purposefully limited edition. The band sold the albums at its concerts. Eventually, the albums caught the attention of Arista Records, which officially released the album in 1980 as The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album. The album would reach #40 on the U.K. charts and became a favourite at BBC Radio 1.
The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album wasn't the only album to chart. Ready, released the same year, reached #36 on the U.K. charts and became the best performing album of the band's career. Itchy Feet, released in 1981, reached #60 and was the last album to chart. The band has since released more than a dozen albums, each of which has earned acclaim from a growing base of fans.
The Blues Band offers audiences a way to travel back in time to when classic blues were driving the British Invasion. Jones' singing voice remains as soulful as ever, and the backing band has the electric chemistry that comes from decades of sharing the same stage. The flashing lights along with what can only be called "rocking harmonica" really make their shows a spectacle.
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