The Yardbirds are one of the most influential guitar bands of all time, so there’s an undeniable nostalgia factor for classics originally cut by Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, but the modern incarnation is re-invigorated with lead guitarist Johnny A in the lineup. They proved it when GP presented them at Yoshi’s a year ago. That was one of the most rockin’ shows we’ve ever witnessed at the venerable jazz venue!
“My two favorite bands growing up were the Beatles and the Yardbirds,” says Johnny. “I probably wouldn’t be the guitar player I am if it wasn’t for the Yardbirds’ ‘Over Under Sideways Down.’ That band was hugely inspirational and influential for me when I was a kid, and this version of the band seems to have its own life.”
They buzz on the Yardbirds’ current live show is so big that they've been adding extra dates to fulfill demand. This time they’ll be doing a show at Yoshi’s on Thursday, May 31, as well as two shows on Friday, June 1st, which is when GP will be onsite with free magazines, D’Addario goodies, and a Mesa/Boogie pedal raffle.
Secure your tickets now here.
And if you're planning to be in Los Angeles later in the week, catch the Yardbirds on June 7 at the Fonda Theatre.
Read Michael Molenda’s 2015 interview with Johnny A about joining the Yardbirds here.
Watch Johnny A play “Over Under Sideways Down” with the Yardbirds here.
For a chance to win a pair of tickets to see GP Presents The Yardbirds click here and put “Yardbirds” in the subject of your email. Include a sentence about yourself and why you want to go. Phone contact greatly appreciated for confirmation. Winner must provide own transportation to Yoshi’s in Oakland, California, and have his or her own accommodations in the Bay Area on Friday, June 1st. This is for the 10pm show. Best of luck.
GP Presents The Yardbirds
Friday, June 1st
510 Embarcadero West
Jack London Square
Oakland, CA 94607
7:30pm doors / 8pm and 10pm shows, All Ages