After nearly 40 years of touring the world, selling out arenas and putting their name quite literally on the blues scene, the Blues Band are coming to the Prince William Theatre in Cannock Chase later today (October 20).
The band, lead by ex Manfred Mann singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter, Paul Jones, are currently on their ’38 Years and Back for More’ tour ahead of releasing their 21st album later this year.
The original line-up, consisting of vocalist and harmonica player, Paul Jones, vocalist and slide guitarist, Dave Kelly, bassist, Gary Fletcher, guitarist, Tom McGuinness and drummer, Hughie Flint is virtually unchanged from when the band formed in 1979; seeing only the departure of Hughie Flint to be replaced by Rob Townsend in 1982.
When asked what the key to staying together for so long was, guitarist, Dave Kelly said: “Obviously we love the music, we get on reasonably well most of the time, and we don’t travel together.
“Germany is the only place we’ll go travelling together because it’s the only way of doing it really, but it’s always the same person who comes out late to the minibus, but, you know, that’s just how it goes.
“But yeah, we all book our own hotels because we all want different things which is fine.
“I think that’s a good way of keeping the band going other than the love of the music and obviously playing together.”
The band played the Andover Lights theatre in Hampshire last night and have a further 25 more gigs lined up this year.
For details of the tour visit http://www.thebluesband.net/TourDates.php