Blues! The British resident of Los Angeles has never been interested in anything else. For 56 years, he has cultivated this musical variety according to all the rules of art, is regarded as either a luminary, an institution or a guardian of the Grail, was a springboard for many famous colleagues - and fortunately he doesn't even think about doing anything else in his old days. Marcel Anders spoke to the old master about the release of his 36th album.
eclipsed: John Mayall, "Nobody Told Me" was created in Dave Grohl's 606 studio.
John Mayall: That's right.
eclipsed: Since he often hangs out there and likes to jam with other artists: Did you meet him in person?
It's almost getting spooky. After the Pretty Things had shaken up the music world with the unexpectedly brilliant album "The Sweet Pretty Things (Are In Bed Now, Of Course)", Buddy Guy brought the masterpiece "Born To Play Guitar" onto the market. And now John Mayall distances himself with a new record from the often boring and flabby CDs of the last years.
With "Systematic Chaos", the first album by the new label Roadrunner, the New York Prog-King Dream Theater has once again hit the bull's eye. The sterile hardness of "Train Of Thought" has been forgotten, the "Auf Nummer sicher"-Prog of "Octavarium" has been swept away. "Systematic Chaos" finally creates the optimal bridge between aggressive metal sounds and atmospheric-progressive elements. Reason enough for an exclusive conversation with the triumvirate Portnoy/Petrucci/LaBrie in Cologne.
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eclipsed is a music magazine based in Aschaffenburg and has been on the German market since 2000. It is aimed at friends of sophisticated rock music who want to go on a new acoustic voyage of discovery month after month.
eclipsed deals in detail with the rock greats of the 60s and 70s in the areas of art rock, prog, psychedelic, blues, classic, hard rock and much more as well as with the current scene in these areas.