The Yardbirds Announce Brief Northeast US Tour

The Yardbirds, the band that spearheaded the British Blues Boom of the 1960s and brought the world Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, will tour the Northeast starting February 1 in Buffalo, New York.

The lineup includes original member Jim McCarty (drums) plus guitarist Ben King, bassist David Smale and vocalist Andy Mitchell, whose sound is straight out of the mid-'50s Chicago school of blues.

Chris Dreja, rhythm guitarist and co-founder, is recuperating at home after a recent illness and will not be part of this short tour.

The Yardbirds will co-bill with Vanilla Fudge at the following venues: *

  • 2/1/12 - Buffalo, NY - The Tralf *
  • 2/2/12 - Nichols, NY - Tioga Downs Racetrack
  • 2/3/12 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza *
  • 2/4/12 - Glenside, PA - Keswick Theatre *
  • 2/6/12 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
  • 2/8/12 - Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall *
  • 2/9/12 - New Brunswick, NJ - State Theatre *

•Co-Headline with Vanilla Fudge

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.