KINGDOM of MADNESS:Classic MAGNUM
MARK STANWAY – Keyboards (Magnum 1980-2016, Grand Slam) MICKY BARKER – Drums (Magnum 1985-95)
LAURENCE ARCHER – Guitar (Magnum 1984, Grand Slam, UFO) RICHARD BAILEY – Keyboards / flute (Magnum 1975-80, Whitesnake) NEIL MURRAY – Bass (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer ) CHRIS OUSEY – Lead vocals (Snakecharmer, Heartland)
MO BIRCH – Backing vocals / percussion (Magnum, Go West, UB40)
Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line ups plus other top drawer rock alumni unite to perform Classic Magnum songs from the celebrated 1978-94 period.
One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, Magnum achieved high album and singleschart positions in both the UK and Europe, gaining a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands, delighting audiences with concerts that were always captivating both musically and visually. Highlightsof the band’s career include regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable five nights atLondon’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headlining Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.
Mark Stanway (keyboards), Micky Barker (drums), Richard Bailey (keyboards/flute), Laurence Archer (guitar) and Mo Birch (backing vocals/percussion), all of whom have previously performed with Magnum, together with bassist Neil Murray (ex-Whitesnake) and vocalist Chris Ousey (Snakecharmer/Heartland) will perform music from the celebrated 1978-94 era of Magnum.
“There is an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which have not beenperformed on stage in many years and which audiences have been screaming out for” says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years. “I can honestly say I am looking forward to playing every single song we have in the show.”
Micky Barker and Richard Bailey, both members of Magnum’s classic-era line-ups, didn’t take much persuading to get involved: “This decision was easy,” says Bailey. “It was obvious the fans would welcome the chance to hear some of their favourite classic Magnum songs and we all have the essential mutual respect for each other’s musical ability.”
Barker adds: “Blowing the dust off some of the old CD’s and DVD’s from my time with Magnum, theidea of playing some of Tony Clarkin’s finest songs again became increasingly appealing.”
Reflecting on the enduring appeal of the classic Magnum songs, vocalist/percussionist Mo Birch says:“The lyrics are timeless, they are poetic, they paint a picture for everyone.” Neil Murray agrees: Thesongs have a good combination of melody, atmosphere and rock.”
Frontman Chris Ousey looks forward to delivering the iconic Magnum vocal melodies: “Out of respect for just how well-crafted the songs are, I’m going to be sticking close to the original melodies.However, whenever I stand in front of a microphone, I’m thinking, “how can I get the best out of this song with what I can bring to the table as a singer”.
Laurence Archer has the same approach to the guitar parts: “I will be truthful to the songs, interpreting the solos my way, but without losing the strain of melodic input.”
This union of former members of one the UK’s best loved bands plus other top-drawer classic rock alumni to perform music that has touched the hearts of several generations of music fans, promises to be one of the true highlights of this year’s rock calendar.