|John Mayall, The Frost,
sat in with John Mayall
after playing the Olympia with Cream:
memorable night at the Grande was a show where I went to see John Mayall.
Mayall was legendary for his blues style, and for the amazing selection of
musicians he chose for his bands, such as Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, John
McVie, Peter Green, Jack Bruce...the list goes on. That night I don't remember
who played warm-up, but Mick Taylor was lead guitar.
I was at the show partly because I thought Mayall was so great, and partly
because I could not afford to go see the Cream, who were at the Olympia that
night. As I remember, the Mayall ticket was $3.00. Mayall and the group played
for hours, and he lost much of the audience. He was a little tame for what
attendees at the Grande were fortunate to have heard over the years.
You used to have to enter the stage from a stairs off to the side. Around
midnight a guy came about halfway up the stairs and started talking to Mayall
in the middle of the set, and Mayall looked down at him and kept playing the
whole time, but also talking to him. I thought "how incredibly rude"!
Then the visitor came a few steps up further, and I recognized (Eric) Clapton.
I jumped up and started poking the people around me saying, "Look its
Clapton, its Clapton!" A number of people told me to shut up, sit down,
and go back to sleep, which unfortunately a lot of them were. Clapton then came
up and stood in the middle of the stage, and Mick Taylor got down on his knees,
raising and lowering his head and arms, doing his best version of "I am
not worthy, I am not worthy". He handed his guitar to Clapton from the
floor. By this time, everyone was on their feet clapping and cheering.
I don't remember what they played other than that the first piece...ran on for
about 45 minutes. I believe they played one other tune for a few minutes, and
then Clapton exited off the stage as magically as he came in. We all stood
THAT WAS THE KIND OF EVENT THAT DEFINED THE GRANDE
BALLROOM.." - Glenn
ARTIST: CARL LUNDGREN