Interview at the 5th anniversary gig at the Boom Boom Club in Sutton, Surrey (Greater London) De notre correspondant :
Such is the pressure of contemporary touring that the Yardbirds had to switch the venue for this special 5th anniversary date. They had played the famous Gastro Blues Festival in Hungary little over 24 hours before and had problems getting back to London in time. So plans were quickly changed and the gig was moved from Zoom@ The Moon, London SE24 to the Boom Boom Club 5th anniversary show in Sutton, which sold out very quickly.
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The Yardbirds still feature founder members Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja (the original guitarist with the fledgling Led Zeppelin) – both interviewed here with guest Colin Blunstone from the Zombies – and now boast a new guitar star in 23 year old Ben King.
For a band that once included Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck, as well as former Dr. Feelgood guitarist Gypie Mayo, young Ben has much to live up to. But as you can see from the clip he is learning fast, especially following a recent month long tour of the USA. (clip to follow shortly).
The Yardbirds are still as fresh and vibrant as they were in the 60’s when they were trailblazing the British Invasion of the States.
Together with harp ace Billy Boy Miskimmin, and Amercian bass man and vocalist « Detroit » John Idan (now in the band for over 20 years), the Yardbirds will continue to play just as long as they are relevant. And on the evidence of this sell out show, their audience refuses to let them go !
Pete Feenstra – www.feenstra.co.uk
Special thanks to Prakash Acharya for filming