23rd Feb 2009
Following Climax Blues Band's 1999 German tour with John Mayall and his legendary Bluesbreakers, Neil unexpectedly became a Bluesbreaker himself in 2000.
Eric Clapton — rock legend and another former Bluesbreaker — famously said that Mayall, considered by many to be the Godfather of British Blues, was running a school for great musicians. And if you look at the alumni, you can see why: Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce went on to form Cream; Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood formed Fleetwood Mac; Mick Taylor joined the Rolling Stones; Aynsley Dunbar played with Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed and David Bowie, amongst others. Andy Fraser formed Free. And that's just up to 1969.
Performing on the British leg of John's thirty-one date tour with Peter Green, the final sell-out concert was held at London's prestigious Royal Albert Hall.
Neil had been drafted in at 24 hours' notice, when regular bass player Greg Rzab had to quit the tour with an injured hand.