John Mayall Cancels Tour: Health Issues

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John Mayall in 2017 (Photo by David Gomez)

British blues legend, John Mayall, has cancelled the remaining dates of his European/U.K./Ireland tour. The news, attributed to the 85-year-old’s “health issues,” arrived today (Oct. 22) via an announcement on his Facebook page.

In 2018, Mayall had to cancel shows “due to needing continued medical care after a bout of pneumonia.” He returned with a full European tour in February 2019.

The complete statement on Mayall’s Facebook page:

“We regret to announce that ‪John Mayall‬ is cancelling the remaining dates of his European/UK/Ireland tour. He has been having some health issues, and though he is recovering well, the doctors are recommending that he take some time to rest and recuperate before he resumes touring. We are working on rescheduling the cancelled shows for next year, and will update fans with new information as soon as we have it. Though John is upset about disappointing his loyal fans, we all feel that it is most important to protect his health so he can be well and continue doing what he loves for many years to come.”

Mayall’s tour schedule was particularly arduous. He had a concert on Oct. 23 in Dresden, Germany, followed by consecutive performances through Nov. 1. The tour was scheduled through November 24 with only five days off.

Among the many classic rock guitarists who played in Mayall’s early bands were Eric Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor.

Mayall has a new autobiography. Blues From Laurel Canyon – John Mayall: My Life as a Bluesman was written with author Joel McIver.

In Best Classic Bands’ 2017 interview with Mayall, the musician was asked “You’re still so active, especially onstage. What do you do to keep yourself in such great shape?”

“I think it’s my obligation to give the audience a full-on show with all the energy I can muster,” he said. “I don’t really have a clue why it happens but I’ll just keep on doing it. For me it’s a big thrill to communicate with audiences and give them what they expect.”

Watch Mayall perform in Paris on April 11, 2019

Born on November 29, 1933, Mayall became enamored of blues and jazz early in his life, and he was already performing blues in public by the late ’50s and early ’60s. The singer/songwriter/guitarist/keyboardist and harmonica player released his debut album, John Mayall Plays John Mayall, in 1965, but it wasn’t until Mayall hired a young guitarist named Eric Clapton away from the Yardbirds that his own band, the Bluesbreakers (sometimes spelled Blues Breakers), began getting noticed on a larger scale.

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  1. Gary Burns
    #1 Gary Burns 23 October, 2019, 21:08

    Get well soon and enjoy a moment or two with the family while you can
    The road won’t run away! Regards

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