The Blues Band aka Paul Jones, Dave Kelly, Tom McGuinness, Rob Townsend and Gary Fletcher finally made it to The Queen’s Hall Edinburgh stage tonight as part of their “39 Years and Back for More” tour.
If ever a show was beset by events to make a great Blues song, then this is the one. Originally re-scheduled from the original March 3rd date which had to be cancelled due to “The Beast From The East” snow storm, tonight’s show was also beset by two of the band just making it for the show due to flight delay problems that put the start time back 30 minutes or so. Still though in true professional “the show must go on” spirit, everyone was finally able to be here, so a big thank you first of all to everyone for making this show happen (many bands would not have put that effort in).
For anyone with even a passing interest in “The Blues” and the original “British Blues Movement”, The Blues Band are one band that I think have to be on your “go to see” list at least once as the rich musical history that they collectively bring to the stage is amazing. Once upon a time music papers used to publish these “Band genealogies”; if you did one for the various members of this band, then the list of people that they have worked with individually and collectively over the years would read like a “who’s who” of British and American blues greats.
As “The Blues” has become an international musical phenomenon over the years... read the rest of the review and an interview with the band here.