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8 February 2012

Keith Richards to play at Howlin for Hubert

Keith Richards is to play at Howlin for Hubert, a tribute concert for the Rolling Stones’ friend and hero, Hubert Sumlin, who passed away in December.

The concert will take place at the Apollo Theater, NYC, on 24th February. Other musicians also playing include Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, David Johansen and Derek Trucks, among others. Tickets are available from: howlinforhubert@eventassociatesinc.com

Hubert Sumlin played guitar with Howlin’ Wolf and was a huge inspiration for the band. When he passed away Mick and Keith paid tribute:

Mick:
“Hubert was an incisive yet delicate blues player. He had a really distinctive and original tone, and was a wonderful foil for Howlin’ Wolf’s growling vocal style. On a song like “Going Down Slow” he could produce heart rending emotion, and on a piece like “Wang Dang Doodle”, an almost playful femininity. He was an inspiration to us all.”

Keith:
“With sorrow I received the news of Hubert’s passing. He put up a long hard fight. To me he was an uncle and a teacher, and all the guitar players must feel the same as myself. Warm, humours and always encouraging, he was a gentleman of the first order. Miss him, yes, but we have his records. All my condolences to his family”.

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