with Special Guests -
FRI, 21ST NOVEMBER: LONDON - Bush Hall , 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ
020 8222 6955 £17.50
Show trailer here -
50 years ago, an album was released that history has rightly viewed as seminal – alongside others such as The Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’, Robert Johnson’s ‘King Of The Delta Blues’, ‘Pet Sounds’, Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars’ and Elvis Presley’s debut. That album was – and is – ‘Five Live Yardbirds’.
An album that influenced a generation with its spirit and virtuosity, those same sensations will be summoned up at Bush Hall on November 21st, when THE YARDBIRDS return to London, along with their Special Guests, SOME VELVET MORNING.
“Some Velvet Morning are a promising young band with great songs and catchy riffs. We look forward to sharing the stage with them at Bush Hall’ - Jim McCarty.
Some Velvet Morning first came to the attention of the music press with their 2007 debut album, Silence Will Kill You which was nominated for XFM Album of the Year. Following radio success in the UK and France, ‘How To Start A Revolution’, taken from the band’s second album, Allies, recently featured in Irvine Welsh’s Filth and is set to appear as the main title for a new feature Two Days In the Smoke, starring Matt Di’Angelo from BBC’s Hustle.
“It is a real pleasure to be working with one of my favourite bands from the Sixties, The Yardbirds. Not many bands can say they provided the breeding ground for talent as large as Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. We look forward to the Bush Hall show and hearing those great hits again – Heart Full Of Soul, For Your Love, Shapes Of Things….a long list." Rob Flanagan, Some Velvet Morning.
By now, everyone knows the Yardbirds legend, if not their music; the band graduated three of the great Ph.D.s of rock guitar: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. They created hard rock out of standard twelve-bar blues, doubling the tempos and whacking the amps up to ten. On the British club scene, The Yardbirds, The Animals, and the Rolling Stones ruled the stages.
The Yardbirds, perhaps more than any other group, brought guitar pyrotechnics to rock & roll in the 1960s. By introducing Clapton, Beck and Page to the world, and giving them plenty of space to create, the band set the template not only for Cream, the Jeff Beck Group and Led Zeppelin (whose original moniker was the New Yardbirds), but for virtually every rock group featuring distortion, feedback and in-your-face electric-guitar virtuosity.
Three years after their 1992 induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, The Yardbirds reformed around original members Jim McCarty & Chris Dreja, but they chose to stay below the radar, tweaking their line up and working up material. The result was the release of their first new studio recording since 1967’s Little Games, entitled ‘Birdland’ in 2003. Which was then followed by ‘Live at BB King’s’ in 2007.
In 2011 health issues forced Chris Dreja to take the difficult decision to stop playing live & the band continued touring Canada & the USA as a 4 piece with Jim McCarty (drums, vocals) Ben King (lead Guitar) Andy Mitchell (lead vocal, harmonica, Bongos, acoustic guitar) Dave Smale (bass)
In early 2013 Jim McCarty met up with the first Yardbirds lead guitar player ‘Top’Topham, now a constant in the band.
This year also see the DVD of a live performance by the current line up entitled ‘Making Tracks’ (Weinerworld) it features performances of the bands best known hits including: For Your Love, Heart full of Soul, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Over Under Sideways Down, Shapes of Things.