50th Anniversary Tour

The iconic Climax Blues Band is reinvigorated by it’s active founding member, Derek Holt, along with an ensemble of seasoned and skilled bandmates, to perform in a historic 50th anniversary tour, infused with new and exciting energy.

Climax Blues Band 50th Anniversary

Tour Dates

Date Show Venue Details
August 12th Rockin the Rivers Three Forks, Montana 7:00PM & 9:15PM
August 18th Hempfest Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, WA Main Stage 5:00PM
August 25th Sky River Rock Festival 50th Anniversary Willis Tucker Park, Snohomish, WA. 9:00PM
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Derek Holt - Vocals, Bass, Guitar and Keyboards

Derek is an English Blues Rocker that takes the stage with power and ease whether on vocals, bass, guitar or piano. Beyond being a founding member of Climax Blues Band, Derek wrote, arranged and recorded in multiple roles for CBB. He wrote their big hit: “I Love You” (singing and playing most of the tracks). Derek toured with Climax from early 1968 until the early 80’s. In addition to CBB, Derek continues to write his own music and has joined the likes of Chuck Berry, Alvin Lee, Steve Howe, Leslie West and others on stage.

Portrait of Derek Holt

Tony Coleman – Drums and Vocals

Tony has toured around the planet performing with some of the best R&B and blues musicians ever. Tony can attest to playing drums with B.B. King, Otis Clay, Bobby Blue Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Albert King, Albert Collins, Etta James, James Cotton, Katie Webster, Z.Z. Hill, O.V. Wright and Buddy Guy. We are honored to have TC on drums for CBB.

Portrait of Tony Coleman

Lynn Sorensen – Bass, Guitar and Vocals

Lynn played bass for Bad Company and Paul Rodgers (solo band) and has toured all over the world (a couple of high points: Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena). Other projects include Heaven and Earth, Spike and the Impalers, Clever Bastards and Sex and Violins. Among his many talents are lead vocals and violin.

Portrait of Lynn Sorensen

Mike Marinig – Sax, Harmonica, Keyboards and Vocals

Mike played sax for the CD Woodbury Band, and is a two-time winner Washington Blues Society: Best of Blues Award for Sax. He’s been called “Mr. Music,” as he plays just about everything (drums, bass and guitar too).

Portrait of Mike Harnig

Rick Knotts – Guitar, Slide and Vocals

Rick is a founding member of the band Rail (MTV Basement Tapes Winner, extensive touring with bands including: Van Halen, Three Dog Night and Heart, Billboard Top 200). Rick also played with Spike and the Impalers and Clever Bastards (Roger Fisher, Mike Derosier of Heart).

Portrait of Rick Knotts


Couldn't get it right album art


In Derek Holt’s own words, once their record company at the time requested that Climax create a catchy single for the record, the group pulled this song, “from absolutely nowhere,” for their 1976 album Gold Plated. The following year it hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was named #32 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1977.

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Recorded in 1980, “I Love You,” is Climax Blues Band’s second biggest hit which shot up to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, spent 27 weeks on the chart, and was the 20th biggest hit on Billboard Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1981.

FM Live Album Cover


This 1973 album is the aptly-named live recording, of a dynamic and highly engaging double set performed in New York City. It was described in Rolling Stone as, “the product of a tight, talented professional unit.” It spent 30 weeks on the charts in 1974.

makin love album cover


“Makin’ Love,” from the 1978 album Shine On, spent a full month on the Top 100 chart in 1978, while, “Gotta Have More Love,” from the 1980 record Flying the Flag, hit its peak in December of 1980 and spent 12 weeks on the chart.

FM Live

Live recording of a concert that was broadcast over WNEW-FM in New York around 1973. The original was a double album and became a huge success in the U.S. MP3 Sample from “All The Time In The World” (C) Chrysalis Music (ASCAP). (P) 1974 Chrysalis Copyrights Limited. Recorded and released in 1973.


FM Live

The Climax Chicago Blues Band

This was the band’s debut album originally released in the U.S. in 1969. Produced for A.I.R. (London) by Chris Thomas and engineered by Jeff Jarratt and Geoff Emerick. Recorded 27th September and 5th November 1968, released 1969.


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A Lot of Bottle

The band’s third album originally released in 1970. Produced for A.I.R. (London) by Chris Thomas and engineered by Jeff Jarratt.


A Lot of Bottle

Gold Plated

The band’s best selling album includes the hit single Couldn’t Get It Right.

  • Colin Cooper – Vocals, saxes and guitar
  • Peter Haycock – Vocals, guitar and six-stringed bass
  • Richard Jones – Vocals, keyboards and guitar
  • Derek Holt – Vocals and bass guitar
  • John Cuffley – Drums and percussion

Gold Plated

Tightly Knit

Originally released in 1971, reissued in 1976. The 1976 vinyl reissue had the extra track ‘Spoonful’. MP3 Sample from ‘Hey Mama’. (C) Chrysalis Music (ASCAP). (P) 1971 Chrysalis Copyrights Limited.


Tightly Knit

Flying The Flag

  • Colin Cooper – Vocals, saxes and harmonica
  • Peter Haycock – Vocals and guitars
  • Derek Holt – Vocals, bass guitar and keyboards
  • John Cuffley – Drums and percussion

Flying The Flag

Lucky for Some

  • Colin Cooper – Vocals and saxes
  • Peter Haycock – Vocals and guitar
  • Derek Holt – Vocals, bass guitar and keyboards
  • John Cuffley – Drums and percussion

Lucky for Some

Musician Tributes to Climax Blues Band's 50th Anniversary

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Produced by Anthony Lilly of APLilly Productions at Speed Of Sound Studios in White Center.


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