Magnum still in the Champagne class


BRITAIN’S second city has produced a colossal amount of talent over the years, yet Magnum could probably walk naked through their home town of Birmingham, mingling through all the high street’s fashion outlets and no one would bat an eye.

Nottingham’s Rock city did that and more as this enduring fivesome kicked off their set with Back To Earth, When We Were Younger and Wild Angels.

Although failing to display the “house full” sign, the venue was pretty packed, with cheers a plenty for frontman Bob Catley who was in fine voice.

In fact the whole band, who’ve been at it for, well, a few years now, really were on form.

How Far Jerusalem, a classic from way back, got a massive roar of approval with hands clapping and voices singing.

It would have been so easy for Magnum to cherry-pick from the past, giving us a “greatest hits” package - though that in its self can be fraught with problems as you can project a nostalgic image. Not always a good move.

For me, the fifteen songs they played showed a very modern feel and vision, with several tunes off the current album, The Visitation and the last effort, Into The Valley Of The Moonking, which the audience seemed to appreciate.

Bassist Al Burrow, who seemed to be having the time of his life, and keyboardist Mark Stanway kept things together well and Thunder’s Harry James, who’s been helping out now for a few years, was in top form and didn’t miss a beat.

Firm favourites Vigilante, Kingdom Of Madness, and On A Storyteller’s Night brought proceedings to a close and, having knocked out over fifteen albums in their career, mainstays Bob Catley and guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin must have been extremely pleased with their evening’s work.

Magnum may not be flavour of the month with the bright young things in the music business but those of us in the real world do understand class when we see it - and Magnum have it by the bucket load.