Monday, 3 February 2014

Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour Autographs

I had the privilege to go along to the Ultimate Rhythm and Blues 50th Anniversary Tour at Cardiff's St David's Hall on Friday night and witnessed some fabulous performances from The Animals and Friends, Dave Berry, Maggie Bell, The Yardbirds and The Zombies.

I always love seeing 1960s bands and singers perform on stage, even if there have been several line-up changes, the spirit of the originals is usually retained and I have to say in the cases of the bands featured on this tour that is very much the case.

My review of the concert will appear later in the week, but in the meantime here's some autographs I obtained from several of the featured acts on Friday night...

The Animals and Friends Autographs
The above collection of autographs were obtained from the current UK line-up of Animals and Friends featuring original Animals drummer John Steel and 60s band member Micky Gallagher who replaced original keyboardist Alan Price in 1965.Both John and Micky also kindly signed my copy of The Animals A's B's and EP's CD.

Dave Berry and Maggie Bell Autographs
The Animals and Friends were joined by fellow Rhythm and Blues artists Dave Berry and Maggie Bell (autographs above) in their set, both acts gave fabulous performances and all joined together for a rendition of Boom Boom at the end of the first set. 

Yardbirds Autographs
The final set of autographs were obtained from the current line-up of The Yardbirds. The Yardbirds have always been one of my favourite 60s bands and it was great to see them with founder members Jim McCarty on drums and Top Topham on guitar. The energy of the band's music is certainly driven on with the inclusion of Ben King, Andy Mitchell and Dave Smale. Jim McCarty also kindly signed my Yardbirds Heart Full of Soul CD.

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