At the evening of 26 march we finaly could see the eyes of “Godfather of British Blues”; John Mayall. Mr. Mayall celebrated his 80th birthday with a dynamic and flawless onstage blues performance.
JOHN MAYALL the legendary British Blues trailblazer began his setlist around 9:00 pm sharp. Mayall is a perfect exemplification on how to live and act when you hit 80. One word : REMARKABLE. His performance and intenseness made the audience astonished. It couldn’t be better. Mayall opened with “Checkin’ Up on My Baby”. After that, the real party began with John Mayall, surrounded by his incredible band of virtuoso musicians with Greg Rzab on bass, Rocky Althas on Guitar and Jay Davenport on drums.
With songs on his Golden setlist like “Oh, Pretty Woman”, “Dirty Water”, “Parchman Farm”, “Gimme One More Day”, “Conga Square” and “Natures’ Disapearing” he headed for his “Grande Finale”.
Mayall concluded his set with a rousing rendition of “Room to Move”.
John Mayall not only showed himself as a natural born musician. He transformed “Het Patronaat” in Haarlem into a true blue base. He showed so much unfeigned enthusiasm and fun that we do not end up too soon see him. His top level blues concert took an hour and three quarters. Mayall underlined with a flourish that he is alive and blues legend: afterwards he even had any energy left to be with his fans and sign some CDs chat.