Influential imprint The Mascot Label Group has announced details of its inaugural Rockin’ The Blues 2018 Tour.
The tour is a triple guitar hero extravaganza featuring the prodigious talents of Eric Gales, Gary Hoey and newcomer Quinn Sullivan that will see each of them headline on a revolving line-up before they all join forces for a final jam.
Alongside the main gig, each tour pit-stop will give fans the chance to meet the artists, get merchandise signed and take part in an interactive guitar clinic with Eric, Quinn and Gary.
The tour kicks off with five nights in Germany and a date in The Netherlands before hitting The Garage in London on Saturday 17th March.
48-hour presale tickets to the London date go on sale from Planet Rock Tickets at 9am on Monday 25th September.
Mascot Label Group CEO Ed van Zijl says of the tour: “A label festival has been in the back of my mind for a few years. Now it is finally happening and March 2018 will see the first edition of the Rockin’ The Blues festival. Seven shows in three countries!
“It is our intention to extend the festival each year with more shows and adding countries. Besides going out and meeting our audience, this festival is also important to us to use as a springboard to bring new talent to the fore, in 2018 this will be Quinn Sullivan.”
Guitar virtuoso Eric Gales’ appearance on the Rockin’ The Blues 2018 Tour comes on the back of releasing his critically lauded new album ‘Middle of the Road’ earlier this year.
Held in high regard by his musical kindred spirits, Dave Navarro has questioned “How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery”, Joe Bonamassa has hailed him as “one of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world”, while Mark Tremonti concurs that “this guy could be the best player on Earth.”
18-year-old guitar prodigy and Buddy Guy protégé Quinn Sullivan has been a music professional for more than 75 percent of his life. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy aged eight, Eric Clapton, Los Lobos, The Roots, Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi and Joe Bonamassa, and he opened for B.B. King, who later invited him to play his treasured “Lucille” guitar.
He has performed on concert and festival dates throughout the United States – including at storied venues like Hollywood Bowl, RFK Stadium and Madison Square Garden. He’s also appeared on national TV, with guest appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Conan with Jeff Bridges and twice on The Ellen DeGeneres show aged six and fourteen.
Sullivan has packed some extraordinary experience into his decade-long career, His third studio album, ‘Midnight Highway’ , was produced by multi GRAMMY® winner Tom Hambridge (Buddy Guy, Susan Tedeschi, Johnny Winter) – was released back in March on Provogue/Mascot Label Group to universal plaudits, including the legend Buddy Guy himself proclaiming, “players like Quinn come along once in a lifetime.”
It’s just so right-with-the-universe that Gary Hoey’s 20th album, ‘Dust & Bones’ is an exuberant fusion of blues and rock. After all, this accomplished and diverse guitarist has explored several styles in his career—hard rock, rock, surf, and prog, to name a few. Released in July 2016 on Provogue/Mascot Label Group it saw Hoey forge his deep blues and rock roots into a fiery, organic, and thrilling mix that delighted and astounded lovers of the guitar and guitar music.
In 1987, the Boston-born guitarist caught the ear of Ozzy Osbourne—no slouch at picking great guitar players—and almost ended up in his band (The gig ultimately went to Zakk Wylde.) Hoey scored a major-label record deal where his version of Focus’ “Hocus Pocus” brought Hoey huge success.
The Rockin’ The Blues 2018 Tour poster is as follows: