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Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line-ups reunite for a celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue covering the period 1978-94, and named after that classic album, KINGDOM OF MADNESS.
A fantastic celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue featuring ’78-’94 w/ MARK STANWAY – Keyboards (Magnum 1980-2016, Grand Slam, M3 Classic Whitesnake) // MICKY BARKER – Drums (Magnum 1985-95) // RICHARD BAILEY – Keyboards / flute (Magnum 1975-80, Whitesnake) // LAURENCE ARCHER – Guitar (Magnum 1984, Grand Slam, UFO) // NEIL MURRAY – Bass (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer) // CHRIS OUSEY – Lead vocals (Snakecharmer, Heartland) & MO BIRCH – Backing vocals / percussion (Magnum, Go West, UB40).
One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, the hard-gigging Magnum achieved high UK & Europe album and singles chart positions. Regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable FIVE NIGHTS at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headline appearances at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.
This is a band of world class musicians with a Magnum pedigree second to one, celebrating not only the legacy of the band’s classic period, but including key tracks from Grand Slam – Stanway and Archer’s collaboration with Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott.
“There’s an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which have not been performed on stage in many years and which audiences have constantly requested”, says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years.
“Having said that”, he continues, “I should state that we by no means consider ourselves a Magnum “tribute” – how can it be when five of the members have a shared legacy with the band?”
“I’m delighted to be working with Richard, Micky, Laurence and Mo again and in Neil and Chris we have two musicians with their own distinct history who will obviously bring their personal musical identity to the project. In addition, with our focus being firmly on the music from the earlier period, we do not perceive ourselves as being in “competition” with the current Magnum. There is more than enough music to keep both bands busy – a fitting testament to the song-writing of Tony Clarkin. I’m truly looking forward to performing classic Magnum music with such a prestigious line-up”.