Magnum in concert late 70s and early 80s

Magnum in concert late 70s and early 80s
magnumtixMagnum are a greatly under-rated rock band. Their music is a blend of heavy rock and prog, and their debut album “Kingdom on Madness” is a classic of the prog genre. I saw the band live 5 or 6 times during the period 1978 to 1985, and always enjoyed their shows. The first time I came across Magnum was when a group of us went to see Whitesnake at Newcastle City Hall, in 1978. Magnum already had some profile, as they were listed as special guests on the ticket.magnumprogThey were pretty impressive that night, to the extent that my mates and I went to see them quite a few times in the years that followed. This included two or three great gigs at Redcar Bowl; one in 1980 (with local NWOBHM heroes Tygers of Pan Tang as support), and one in 1985. I also have a programme for the 1984 Spring Tour, so suspect I may also have seen them at Redcar then. I also saw them play at Reading 1980 and supporting Z Z Top at Donington in 1985.The mainstays of the band were (and are to this day) Bob Catley (vocals), Tony Clarkin (guitar and main songwriter), and Mark Stanway (keyboard). The songs I remember most are “All of my Life” from their second album (always resulting in lots of singing along by the crowd) and the title track of their debut album “Kingdom on Madness”, both of which were highlights of their live set in those days, and came towards the end of the show, or as part of the encore. Magnum split in 1994 and reformed in 2001, and continue to play to this day.

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by dawn on November 16, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I new this west midlands band they toured with my brothers band supporting each other for years, i went to Reading 80 still got yellow plastic wrist band, a nice bunch of lads powerful vocals i remember a particular good performance at milton keynes bowl 86 last time i saw them was late 80s 🙂


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