Artist: Magnum & Neonfly
Venue: 02 Academy, Newcastle
Date: 30 April 2014
it comes to the Classic Rock bands they don’t any more Classic than
Magnum with a career spanning four decades, formed in the early 70’s by
Tony Clarkin and Bob Catley, along with Kex Gorin and Bob Doyle, but the
core of the band of Clarkin and Catley have remained to this day, along
with long-time keyboardist Mark Stanway, bassist Al Barrow and Harry
James who joined the band in 2001 and this line-up has remained fairly
static since. Now tonight the band return to Newcastle with a brand new album under their belts, the
stella 'Escape From The Shadow Garden'. The boys once again delivered a set that not only covered the new
album, but also threw in some Classic Magnum tracks, but before all that
it was London’s Progressive Metallers Neonfly to show their worth.
it was time for the band to show their melodic side with the excellent
‘A Gift To Remember’, before venturing on to something new from the
bands forthcoming new album due out later this year, ‘Better Angels’.
Another track that showcased perfectly that melodic metal side of the band.
This one is a real thumper
and sounds a lot different from the acoustic version I'd seen on YouTube.
a short time slot the band delivered a three song mash-up of ‘The
Revenant / The Ornament / Spitting Blood’, which interlinked so well it
could have been a 15 minute epic, then it was time to slip another taste
of things to come from the new album with ‘Heart of the Sun’.
had a definite Progressive Metal element running through it which went down a
band rounded off the set in style with ‘Morning Star’, but not before
thanking Gibson guitars and Al Barrow for the lone of the equipment, as
the band had theirs stolen when they played Bradford earlier in the
was a very impressive set from the Londoners and the new songs impressed.
I can't wait to hear the new album.
With No Sails, The
Enemy, A Gift To Remember, Better Angels, The Revenant/The
Ornament/Spitting Blood, Heart of the Sun
for the main event, Birmingham’s finest Magnum, who showed why they have
become a firm favourite with the Newcastle rock crowd, as this packed
venue was given a masterclass in great rock n' roll.
crowd was lapping up the songs like a cat at a saucer of cream and so
without further ado the time came to add some classic Magnum into the mix, and what better way
than with ‘How Far Jerusalem’. This song might be coming up to being
30 years old, but it still sends shivers down the spines of many a Magnum
fan, luckily tonight the Newcastle choir had brought along their best voices, as we
mass sang along to this one.
classics kept on coming with another titan from the bands vast back
catalogue ‘Les Morts Dansant’, another gem from 'On A Story Tellers
Night’ and one of Clarkin’s finest songs to date. A simple song that
just paints a picture in your mind and tonight the room was filled with sheer
Rock art at it's very finest.
was back to the new album for the stunning ‘Falling For The Big
Plan’, before the classic's returned with what else but ‘The Spirit’.
Another timeless song that Magnum fans will never get tired of hearing
and tonight this one brought out the rarest of smiles from Clarkin, as he
and Catley stood side-by-side for the start of this one, before the rest
of the band and the crowd joined in on the massive chorus definitely one
of the highlights of the set.
The tempo was picked up big style with ‘All My Bridges’, the only song from the ' Into The Valley of the Moonking’ album, before returning to the classics once again for three monsters. First up ' All England’s Eyes’, then 'Vigilante' rocked us all big time, as it always does!, then it was time for the set closer, ‘Kingdom of Madness’, which had everyone frothing at the mouth and rocking the house down like there was no tomorrow, despite Clarkin having guitar sound problems, which again led to a wry smile from the six string genius.
The band hadn’t had to time to leave the stage and the thunderous chants of "MAGNUM! MAGNUM!" and "MORE!" filled the air. It wasn’t long before we got more as the band brought out some good time rock n' roll with the superb ‘Too Many Clowns’, a real barnstorming rocker from the new album and a favourite of many. The night came to a close with not just the icing on the cake, but the cherry on the top as well with ‘Sacred Hour’, which capped off one of the finest sets from the band in many a year. The intro from Stanway still as stunning as it was the very first time I heard it played.
'Sacred Hour' was the actually very first song I ever heard on CD, with my friend telling me to listen as we crowded round the speakers and let the breathtaking intro soak into us. It sent shivers down my spine that day and continues to do so when I hear it played live to this day. If you asked people to name their favourite intro I dare say a lot might choose AC/DC, GNR or Bon Jovi perhaps, but to me the intro to 'Sacred Hour' is one of the most beautifully stunning intro's anyone is ever likely to hear, and will forever get my vote.
we the Magnum massive gathered for two hours of pure bliss and pure
bliss is exactly what we received.
As long as Bob, Tony, Mark & Co. continue to tour, their fans will
be out in force to support them. And I must say, Bob was looking
particularly youthful and sprightly tonight, definitely not in need of
that "Rocking Chair" just yet!
As long as Bob, Tony, Mark & Co. continue to tour, their fans will be out in force to support them. And I must say, Bob was looking particularly youthful and sprightly tonight, definitely not in need of that "Rocking Chair" just yet!
Til You Die, Black
Skies, Freedom Day, Dance of the Black Tattoo, Blood Red Laughter,
Unwritten Sacrifice, How Far Jerusalem
Encore: Too Many Clowns, Sacred Hour
by: Barry McMinn & Little Linda
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