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Kingdom of Madness: Classic Magnum in March

In this extended, exclusive edit Mark Stanway chats about Magnum and Kingdom of Madness (15:45)  A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio in February 2019 prior to the tour (see news item for details)

Mark Stanway

The band formed by former Magnum keyboards player Mark Stanway play a series of dates in March 2019.

Stanway left Magnum in late-2016 and following a chat with one time Magnum keyboard player and flautist Richard Bailey decided there was merit in revisiting some of the earlier Magnum material.

Kingdom of Madness will play tracks from albums dating from the Magnum debut in 1978 to 1994 when they released ‘Rock Art’.

The band also includes drummer Micky Barker who joined Magnum for the ‘On A Storyteller’s Night tour in May 1985 and remained with them until their split in 1995.  Guitarist Laurence Archer, a long term associate of Stanway, stepped in for Tony Clarkin briefly on tour in 1984.  Completing the line-up is Neil Murray (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath) , vocalist Chris Ousey (Heartland, Snakecharmer) and Mo Birch who has provided backing vocals on previous Magnum albums and tours.

A two-part special is broadcast on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio prior to the tour.

Part 1 is scheduled for Sunday 24 February at 18:00 GMT, Part 2 on Monday 25 February at 16:00. Both parts will be repeated back to back on Thursday 28 February at 22:00.

Presenter David Randall is a long-term Magnum fan: “I picked up on their music after the late eighties peak but have closely followed their trials and tribulations since the early 1990s and of course their revival in the early millennium.  Magnum have long been a featured band at Get Ready to ROCK! and in 2012 received further promotion to tie in with the 40th anniversary of their formation.”

“It is always difficult when a key band member leaves, and in this case after over 30 years. On a positive note Magnum fans are going to be able to hear songs that haven’t featured heavily if at all in the band’s setlists in recent years and it will help fill in some of the gaps. The whole thing is given greater interest with the presence of musicians who have featured at various times in the band’s history.”

Tour dates

Fri MAR 1st
Buckley, Tivoli
Sat MAR 2nd
York, Fibbers
Sun MAR 3rd
Manchester, Academy 3
Thu MAR 7th
Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
Fri MAR 8th
London, ULU Live
Sat MAR 9th
Poole, Planet Rock “Winter’s End” Festival
Sun MAR 17th
Milton Keynes, The Stables
Sat JULY 13th
Alfreton, Carnfield Hall, Rock and Bike Festival
Sat AUG 3rd
Faversham, A New Day Festival
Fri OCT 4th
Troon, South Beach Sessions
Sat OCT 5th
Kinross, Backstage at the Green Hotel

Band website


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SARI SCHORR - Manchester Academy, 15 February 2019

Sari Schorr: UK dates in March/April

Following her February tour with King King, Sari Schorr plays headline dates in March/April.

The U.S. blues rock vocalist released her current album – ‘Never Say Never’ – in October 2018 via Manhaton Records.  This followed her critically acclaimed debut – ‘A Force Of Nature’ – in 2016, produced by veteran blues rock pioneer Mike Vernon.

SARI SCHORR March/April 2019
Mar 6 Wed – Vonnies Blues Club, Cheltenham
Mar 7 Thu – Eel Pie Club, Twickenham
Mar 8 Fri – Sedgefield Blues Club, Sedgefield
Mar 9 Sat – Oran Mor, Glasgow
Mar 10 Sun – Cafe Drummonds, Aberdeen
Mar 15 Fri – The Boom Boom Club, Sutton
Mar 16 Sat – The Citadel, St. Helens
Apr 2 Tue – The Beaverwood Club, Chislehurst
Apr 3 Wed – Heartbreakers, Southampton
Apr 6 Sat – The Iron Road, Pershore
Apr 7 Sun – The Hawth, Crawley
Apr 10 Wed – The Robin 2, Bilston
Apr 11 Thu – The Live Rooms,  Chester
Apr 12 Fri – New Crawdaddy Club, Basildon

Gig review (London, 18 January)
Gig review (London, 7 February)
Gig review (Manchester, 15 February)
Album review (Sari Schorr, Never Say Never)


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Gigs to go to

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FEBRUARY/MARCH 2019

WILLE AND THE BANDITS/Rainbreakers 26 January – 30 March
STONE BROKEN/Those Damn Crows 7-27 February
BLUE OCTOBER 15-23 February
BLUE OYSTER CULT/The Temperance Movement 21 February – 1 March
10cc 1 March – 2 May
KINGDOM OF MADNESS (Classic Magnum) 1-29 March
SARI SCHORR 6 March-12 April
UFO 7 March – 4 April
CATS IN SPACE 8-27 March
JOANNE SHAW TAYLOR 15-24 March
ERJA LYYTINEN
(pictured) 18-30 March
THE PINEAPPLE THIEF 20-24 March
RIVERSIDE 21-24 March

Check out our full listings!


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Feature video

CATS IN SPACE Thunder In The Night

Melodic pop pomp rockers Cats In Space release their third album on March 1 via Harmony Factory.  “Daytrip To Narnia” features a 27 minute concept piece from which the single ‘Thunder In The Night’ is taken.

The band play Giants Of Rock (27 January) and UK tour dates in March-May.

Album review

ELECTRIC MARY Woman

Aussie rockers Electric Mary release their fourth studio album on 15 February via Listenable Records.

It was on a trip to New York that a visit to Jimi Hendrix’s Electric Lady studios inspired frontman Rusty Brown and he named the band after the studio’s infamous manager “Electric Mary Campbell”.

Album review (and interview)



Throughout September 2018 Get Ready to ROCK! Radio celebrated the station’s 10th anniversary and a two-hour special reflected a decade of broadcasting.  “10 years in the making” features archive interviews with Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Todd Rundgren, Graham Bonnet, David Coverdale, John Wetton and Bob Catley.

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