Tag Archives: Magnum

Feature: Call Collect – An introduction to MAGNUM

Bob Catley - Magnum

David Randall has followed Magnum since the 1990s when they consolidated their earlier successes.  They split in 1995, subsequently re-generating in 2001.  Since that time they have gone from strength to strength,  maintaining a consistency across several albums and touring … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – The Serpent Rings

MAGNUM - The Serpent Rings

Steamhammer/SPV [Release date 17.01.20] You have to admire Magnum.  They deliver a new studio album every two years almost like clockwork.  Maybe Tony Clarkin should be considered proper prime minister material – a deft ability to deliver on promises and … Continue reading

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Album review: RODNEY MATTHEWS & JEFF SCHEETZ – Trinity

RODNEY MATTHEWS - Trinity

Rodney Matthews Studios [Release date 13.12.19] Renowned fantasy artist Rodney Matthews, illustrator of over140 album covers, is also a jazz/rock/prog drummer of note, and has previously recorded solo and with guitarist Jeff Scheetz. Here he teams up again with Scheetz … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGNUM – Aberdare Coliseum, 5 June 2019

MAGNUM - Aberdare Coliseum, 5 June 2019

With more venues in South Wales falling by the wayside, it is refreshing to see someone taking  a gamble, especially in the valleys and in the middle of the week, but the old adage of book them and they will … Continue reading

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Album review: REBECCA DOWNES – More Sinner Than Saint

REBECCA DOWNES – More Sinner Than Saint

Mad Hat Records [Release date 24.05.19] This is Rebecca Downes third studio album and one with a more straight ahead rock sound, although she still digs into the blues on some songs. All the songs were written by Downes and … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM – UK dates in June 2019

Magnum - HRH PROG VI - Pwlhelli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

w/c 10 June, Get Ready to ROCK! Radio replays two archive shows featuring Magnum.  On Monday 10 June at 16:00 GMT “Vintage Rare Magnum” features rare tracks from the band.  This sequence, originally broadcast to tie in with the band’s … Continue reading

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Album review: TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

TRISHULA – Scared To Breathe

AOR Heaven [Release date 29.03.19] Neil Fraser (Ten, Rage Of Angels, Tony Mills) is the brains behind Trishula, where he handles guitars, bass and keyboards. He is joined by vocalist Jason Morgan and drummer Joao Colac, both of whom Neil … Continue reading

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Gig review: GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL – Butlins, Skegness, 18 – 20 January 2019

GREAT BRITISH ROCK & BLUES FESTIVAL – Butlins, Skegness, 18-20 January 2019

Butlins in Skegness opened its doors to the holidaying masses back in 1936 and since then it has been serving up summertime fun and thrills as Billy Butlin intended. But during the cold winter months the site is mostly deserted, … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Live At The Symphony Hall

MAGNUM - Live At The Symphony Hall

SPV [Release date 18.01.19] Magnum started 2018 in shaky form when we saw them at Giants Of Rock.  With great expectations that we’d hear a smidgeon of the new album, they appeared for a few songs and disappeared due to … Continue reading

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Gig review: GIANTS OF ROCK – Butlins, Minehead, 26-29 January 2018 (Day 1)

FM - GIANTS OF ROCK - Butlins, Minehead, 26 January 2018 (Day 1)

News during the week that Wetherspoons had taken steak off their menu may not have been of great interest until we learn that Butlins also get their meat from the same source that is currently “under investigation”.  The loss of … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – Lost On The Road To Eternity

MAGNUM - Lost On The Road To Eternity

SPV [Release date 19.01.18] We’ve always said Magnum should be cherished.  Even more so in 2018, and with the arrival of their 20th studio album.  The latest magnum opus also introduces new members Rick Benton (keys) and Lee Morris now … Continue reading

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Gig review: HRH PROG VI – Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

Edgar Broughton - HRH PROG VI - Pwllheli, North Wales, 17-18 November 2017

David Randall writes… Friday Edgar Broughton opened the proceedings on Stage 1 without his band but with tales of daring-do over a career spanning nearly 50 years and since his signing to the Harvest label in 1968.  Apparently he presided … Continue reading

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Gig review: RAMBLIN’ MAN FAIR – Day 3 – Mote Park, Maidstone, 30 July 2017

RAMBLIN

After the deluge on Saturday the forecast for the Sunday was looking a lot brighter and judging by the size of the crowd in the arena the sun had enticed a few extra bodies along for another top day of … Continue reading

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Album review: BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel’s Story

BIG WOLF BAND – A Rebel

Big Wolf Records [Release date 15.5.17] In this age of instant downloads, there’s something reassuring about a Brummy blues-rock band with well crafted songs, deep grooves, tight arrangements and inspired playing fuelled by plenty of passion. Big Wolf Band come … Continue reading

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News: On Christmas Day – MAGNUM Special with Bob Catley and The Ballads (December 2016)

Bob Catley - Magnum

Melodic pomp rockers Magnum release a new compilation album in January via SPV.  Called ‘The Valley of Tears – The Ballads’ it features a selection of carefully chosen tracks from previous albums that have been re-visited, remixed or re-recorded. It … Continue reading

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Album review: MAGNUM – The Valley Of Tears – The Ballads

MAGNUM - The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads

On Christmas Day, Sunday 25 December 2016 at 22:00 GMT David Randall presented a two-hour special on Get Ready to ROCK! Radio, chatting to Bob Catley and with tracks from the new album. More information SPV [Release date 06.01.17] In … Continue reading

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Gig review: MAGNUM/Vega – Tramshed, Cardiff, 12 May 2016

MAGNUM - The Tramshed, Cardiff, 12 May 2016

The Tramshed is a newish venue for Cardiff and in a city in dire need for a decent venue of decent size it is more than welcome, and on walking in to the venue it is a refreshing change to … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM – UK tour starts 11 May, Radio Specials replayed

Magnum 2016

Melodic hard rockers Magnum start the UK leg of their European tour on 11 May in Southampton. The band released their latest studio album – ‘Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies’ in February and Get Ready to ROCK! described it as “fresh, … Continue reading

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News: MAGNUM and DEVON ALLMAN interview specials on Sunday 7 February 2016

Magnum - Liverpool Arts Club, 6 February 2016

In 2011, during rehearsals for their winter UK tour, David Randall asked Bob Catley and Tony Clarkin about the rise of Magnum, discussing the early days, their reformation in the Millennium and upward trajectory during the past decade. On Sunday … Continue reading

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News: RODNEY MATTHEWS exhibition runs until 24 February – Wells, Somerset

Rodney Matthews

GRTR! photographer Simon Dunkerley recently attended the private viewing of ‘IONAWR’, the new exhibition featuring the work of fantasy artist Rodney Matthews. Before the times of digital download and live music streaming the thrill of a new album release meant … Continue reading

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