Critically acclaimed blues rock guitarist Eric Gales returns to the UK in June 2022 following the release by Provogue of his studio album Crown produced by and featuring Joe Bonamassa.

Eric Gales takes his rightful place at the head of the blues-rock table as he announces Crown, his career-defining new album. The hotly tipped new studio album finds Eric opening up like never before, sharing his struggles with substance abuse, his hopes about a new era of sobriety and unbridled creativity, and his personal reflections on racism. Five years sober, creatively rejuvenated, and sagely insightful, the songs on Crown are delivered with clarity and feature Eric’s personal experiences and hope for positive change. This is Eric at his most boldly vulnerable, uncompromisingly political, and unflinchingly confident.

The first single off the album, the slinky I Want My Crown, opens with a fanfare of elegant lead guitar virtuosity before slipping into a funky groove. Here, with playful bravado, Eric sings about finally getting his due while also admitting his self-sabotaging past. Clean and focused with guitar in hand, he eyes the crown and goes for it, battling powerhouse blues warrior Joe Bonamassa in a Rocky-like epic fight. Triumphant horns spur on the excitement as the pair unleash barrages of jaw-dropping blues-shred with each player’s passages feeling like the final fury of a July 4th fireworks explosion.

Eric Gales is a blues firebrand. Over thirty years and eighteen albums, his passion for the music and his boundless desire to keep it vital has never waned, even when his own light dimmed due to his substance struggles. Since 1991, the Memphis-born guitarist has blazed a path reinvigorating the blues with a virtuosity and rock swagger that have him being heralded as the second coming of Jimi Hendrix. He was a child prodigy with bottomless talent and fierce determination, and at just sixteen years-old released his debut, The Eric Gales Band on Elektra Records.

He’s earned high praise by guitarists’ guitarist and household name axe men such as Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Dave Navarro, and Mark Tremonti. In addition, he has held his own with some of the greatest guitarists in the world, including Carlos Santana at Woodstock 1994, Zakk Wylde, Eric Johnson, and a posse of others as a featured guest touring with the Experience Hendrix Tour.

Gales’ 2019 album The Bookends was written over a nine-month period, the album was recorded at Recorded at Studio Delux, Van Nuys, California, The Doghouse, Woodland Hills, California, Blakeslee Recording, North Hollywood. Three-time Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award winning vocalist B. Slade appears on two songs, Something’s Gotta Give and bonus track Pedal to the Metal.

His 2017 album, Middle of the Road, reached #1 on the iTunes Blues chart and #4 on the Billboard Blues chart. It made Classic Rock Magazine and Total Guitar albums of the year with the latter saying it was “the album that should define his career.” Classic Rock said, “the notes drip from Gales’ fretboard like warm honey”, The Guitar Magazine exclaimed it’s the “the injection of danger and unpredictability that the blues-rock scene desperately needs”, Blues Matters professed “truly the man is blessed”, whilst Powerplay said “the more you listen to it the more the brilliance of Eric Gales becomes apparent.”

Special Guest Dom Martin

Special guest on the June tour run is Irish blues guitarist and singer songwriter Dom Martin, whose new album A Savage Life will be released April 8. Dom is nominated for five awards at the UK Blues Awards including “Blues Band of the Year,” “Blues Album of the Year” and “Blues Vocalist of the Year.”

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Derby Hall @ The Met
Seated £28 / Standing £26 (inc fees)

Tickets on-sale 10am Thursday 17 February 2022

Over 14s only

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Reviews

“One of the best, if not the best guitar player in the world.”

Joe Bonamassa

“How Eric Gales isn’t the hugest name in rock guitar is a total mystery.”

Dave Navarro

“This guy could be the best player on Earth.”

Mark Tremonti