Mick Ralphs Blues Band Update
A statement from all of us in the band, it’s a bit lengthy but please bear with us.
Firstly Mick and ourselves would like to thank you all for your kind words, well wishes and the general outpouring of love since Mick had his stroke. We may not reply to all but all are read and appreciated and Mick himself said how much it meant to him on Saturday when we saw him.
Mick is making progress and working hard with his rehab but as anyone who has experienced the effects of strokes knows, it is a long road with no certainties where timescale is concerned.
We want Mick to fully focus on his recovery and put no undue pressure on himself and this is why we have made the decision together as a band to wind things up. It’s not a decision we have taken lightly but our only priority is Mick and his health going forwards.
We are immensely proud of what we have built in the Mick Ralphs Blues Band, both our live shows and our recent album. As anyone that saw us play in our recent U.K. tour can attest to none of us especially Mick were resting on our laurels and we felt we were going from strength to strength. So to call things quits with a roar and a smile at the top of our game seems fitting for a band built around one of the all time greats of British music and a truly humble and beautiful man, Mick Ralphs.
We would all like to say thank you to each other for the laughs and silliness, the fun on the road, the stories, the odd tipple, the Barry Norman pickled onions, the unwavering support and love from you lot, oh and of course that wonderful music we had the privilege to play every now and then.
Thanks to everyone who’s been a part of this bands journey, too many to name them all but from Gordon to Pete to Spencer, booking agents to sound men, roadies, former band members, merch sellers, friends, family and everyone else in between.
Going forward we will continue being what we always have been, good mates having a laugh and a giggle together, just from now on not on a stage in front of you lovely lot!
Peace and love x
Mick, Jim, Dicky, Damon and Adam xx
“Following the Bad Company UK tour that wound up last Saturday at London’s 02 Arena the family and representatives of the band’s co-founder, guitarist and songwriter Mick Ralphs are sad to announce that Mick has suffered a stroke.
“Mick is receiving excellent medical care and is recovering in hospital, although all his public engagements are necessarily on hold, pending his improvement.
“Everyone is wishing Mick a speedy recovery, and further news will be announced at the appropriate time. “
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2016 Live Dates
- 13 Aug 2016 – Nordens Farm Arts Centre, Maidenhead England
- 16 Sep 2016 – Barrington Theatre, Ferndown England
- 29 Sep 2016 – The Globe, Cardiff South Wales
- 01 Oct 2016 – Green Hotel, Kinross Scotland
- 02 Oct 2016 – Gateshead, Gateshead England
- 04 Oct 2016 – Bootlegers, Kendal England
- 05 Oct 2016 – Bannermans Music Bar, Edinburgh Scotland
- 07 Oct 2016 – Nells, London England
- 04 Nov 2016 – Jagz nightclub, Ascot England
Blues Band Spring 2016 Dates
05 Mar 2016 – Hereford Rocks, Left Bank, Hereford UK
15 Apr 2016 – The Wharf, Tavistock UK
16 Apr 2016 – HRH BLues Festival, O2 Academy, Sheffield UK
17 Apr 2016 – Lion Keys Hotel & Spa, Oswestry UK
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band: If It Ain’t Broke CDFor someone so instantly recognized as a rock guitar icon in his own right, Mick Ralphs has never really shown the public the influences on his playing. That is until now … that is until he was able to form The Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Mick’s heroes – Steve Cropper, Freddie King, all loved playing in clubs and Mick needed to get back there too. In 2011, between Mott The Hoople and Bad Company tours, Mick found himself at the legendary Nags Head music venue in High Wycombe. Joining the house band on stage for a few numbers, Mick did what he’s always done – played tasty, economical guitar solos with his trusty Les Paul, to the gathered crowd. It’s what he’s always done – what he’s renowned for.
From small acorns grew The Mick Ralphs Blues Band. Not formed just to trade on a name. Not formed just to play a set of classic tunes by one of its members (lest we forget Mr Ralphs is STILL a member of Mott The Hoople AND Bad Company.) This band was formed out of a respect for a genre of music that has influenced all its members. Of course the band tip their hat to a few of those solid gold tunes but the band has its own identity, its own feel.
Most fans have seen Mick Ralphs at a distance. In stadiums around the world. In huge venues where he is part of that elite “Rock Star” club. With his latest project, Mick gets back to his roots. You won’t see banks of Marshalls; you’ll see a beautifully battered and beaten combo. You’ll see a guitar great up close and personal, coaxing notes from his guitar, with passion, with love but still with a glimmer of fun in his eye.
Available at the Mick Ralphs Blues Band shop
Blues Band January 2016 Dates
29 Jan 2016 – Giants of Rock, Butlin’s Minehead UK
30 Jan 2016 – Masonic Hall, Alva Scotland
31 Jan 2016 – Backstage at the Green, Kinross Scotland
Blues Band 2015 Dates
07 Aug 2015 – Nordens Farm Art centre, Maidenhead UK
21 Aug 2015 – Tavistock Arts Centre, Tavistock UK
13 Sep 2015 – Darlington Blues Festival, Market Square, Darlington UK
Blues Band: 2015 Concert Dates
- 14 Mar 2015 – The 100 Club, London England
- 07 May 2015 – Harley Davidson Euro Festival, St. Tropez, France
- 25 Jul 2015 – Ramblin’ Man Festival, Kent England
Blues Band at the Jailhouse – 12 Dec 2014
Check out the Mick Ralphs Blues Band with new vocalist Adam Barron at the Jailhouse in Hereford, 12 Dec 2014.
The Blues Band Welcomes Adam Barron
(14 Oct 2014) It is with great pleasure that we announce our new singer! Ladies and gentlemen we give you … Mr. Adam Barron! Adam comes with a background in classic blues rock with a set of pipes you’ve really got to hear. He has built a following in his own right following his successful run on BBC’s The Voice. Check him out on YouTube … We start rehearsals soon, and Adam will be up to speed in time for some gigs in the UK in November and a headline slot in Bilbao on 26th of that month. He will then join us for all the dates of our December UK tour. Welcome him aboard and here’s to some gear nights up the road!
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2014-2015 Live Dates
08 Nov 2014 – Hamworthy Club, Wimborne UK
17 Nov 2014 – Crooked Billet, Henley UK
26 Nov 2014 – Festival, Bilbao Spain
06 Dec 2014 – Greystones, Sheffield UK
07 Dec 2014 – Dingwalls, London UK
08 Dec 2014 – Bootleggers, Kendal UK
09 Dec 2014 – Fruit, Hull UK
10 Dec 2014 – Llandudno Labour Club, Llandudno Wales
11 Dec 2014 – The Musician, Leicester UK
12 Dec 2014 – The Jailhouse, Hereford UK
30 Jan 2015 – Bingley Blues Bash, Arts Centre, Bingley UK
31 Jan 2015 – Masonic Hall, Alva Scotland SOLD OUT
Mick Ralphs Blues Band live CD
The new Mick Ralphs Blues Band live CD Should Know Better is now available at mickralphsbluesband.co.uk. Recorded live at The Musician in Leicester, it’s a snapshot of their fast-evolving set. Tracks include:
Should Know Better
Born Under A Bad Sign
Just A Little Bit Of Your Love
Shame Shame Shame
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2014 UK Dates
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band will play a couple dates in the UK after their tour of Germany:
26 Apr 2014: Arlington Arts Centre, Newbury UK
16 May 2014: Boston Music Room, London UK
Mick Ralphs Blues Band 2014 Germany Dates
The Mick Ralphs Blues Band plays a month of dates in Germany in the spring of 2014:
03 Apr 2014 – Bürgerhaus, Dudenhofen Germany
04 Apr 2014 – Alte Piesel, Fulda/Künzell Germany
05 Apr 2014 – Bluesfestival, Roth Germany
06 Apr 2014 – Meier Music Hall, Braunschweig Germany
08 Apr 2014 – Harmonie, Bonn Germany
09 Apr 2014 – Lindenbrauerei, Unna Germany
10 Apr 2014 – Rock Café, Hamburg Germany
11 Apr 2014 – Francis, Wetzlar Germany
12 Apr 2014 – Lehenbachhalle, Winterbach Germany
13 Apr 2014 – Kulturkneipe Hirsch, Metzingen Germany
15 Apr 2014 – Spectrum, Augsburg Germany
16 Apr 2014 – Bad Salzuflen, Bahnof Germany
17 Apr 2014 – Bluesgarage, Isernhagen Germany