Magnum are one of those bands that kind of slipped under my radar. I remember buying Magnum II on CD many years ago, perhaps I’d heard one of the singles, but otherwise I don’t know much about them.
Having searched for them on youtube though, I’ve had this song on repeat! Perhaps it’s a little on the cheesy side, but I like it!
Now, over to someone who know’s something about the band!
Magnum, who regularly breached the Top 40 of both the singles and album charts in the Eighties and early Nineties, came together in the Midlands in the mid-Seventies and released their debut album ‘Kingdom Of Madness’ in 1978, followed by ‘Magnum II’ in 1979 and their first live album ‘Marauder’ in 1980. During this period they toured relentlessly with the likes of Def Leppard, Blue Oyster Cult and Judas Priest.
1982’s ‘Chase The Dragon’ album was the first to go Top 20, and was accompanied by a sold out UK tour. 1983’s ‘The Eleventh Hour’, 1985’s ‘On A Storyteller’s Night’ and 1986’s (Roger Taylor produced) ‘Vigilante’ album all fared similarly well but it was 1988’s ‘Wings Of Heaven’ LP which really broke the band into the mainstream, going gold, breaching the top 5 of the UK chart and spawning three top 30 singles – ‘Days Of No Trust’, Start Talkin’ Love’ and ‘It Must Have Been Love’. During this period the band regularly graced the stages of such venues as Hammersmith Odeon and major UK Festivals as Reading and Castle Donington.
1990’s ‘Goodnight To L.A.’ album also went Top 10, spawned the Top 40 single ‘Rocking Chair’ and was accompanied by a tour of the UK’s Arena circuit, including venues such as Wembley Arena and the NEC. 1991’s ‘The Spirit’, 1992’s ‘Sleepwalking’ and
1994’s ‘Rock Art’, were followed by the announcement of the band’s demise and an extensive farewell tour, during which the band’s 1996 live album, ‘The Last Dance’ was recorded.
Clarkin went on to work as a producer and songwriter for other artists, brought out two albums with Bob Catley in Hard Rain (‘Hard Rain’ in 1997 and ‘When The Good Times Come’ in 1999), and generally recharged his musical batteries. Then, in the summer of 2001, Magnum reformed and began writing their February 2002 released ‘Breath Of Life’ album, released 8 years after ‘Rock Art’. “It was particularly inspiring for me to write and produce new material for Magnum,” Clarkin enthused at the time, continuing that “Compared to the Hard Rain tracks, the Magnum compositions are powerful, deeper, and more passionate.”
2004’s ‘Brand New Morning’ album was an even more accomplished body of work, and won over a host of new fans, as well documented on the ‘Livin’ The Dream’ live DVD, recorded in the UK in 2005, and released in 2006. Both ‘Princess Alice and The Broken Arrow’, released in March 2007, and ‘Into The Valley Of The Moon King’ Magnum’s 2009 studio album, proved how, like a good wine, this band just gets better with every year.
Classic Rock’s Philip Wilding reviewed Magnum’s album, ‘The Visitation’ in Classic Rock Prog’s February 2011 issue, stating; “Latter day Magnum have settled into their respective musical skins, more experimental, more mindful, a better band…The production’s lush and dense, the nuances are subtle and understated, and they can still take a tilt at Radio 2 playlists in songs like ‘Wild Angels’… Everything here feels denser and more thought out, less ambiguous…Songs like the opener ‘Dark Skies’ and ‘Door To Nowhere’ give the impression they are intended to convey something and raise a point, and Magnum are all the better for it.”
On ‘On The 13th Day’, the cover of which will once again be created by famous fantasy artist Rodney Matthews (Asia, Nazareth, Eloy), Magnum more than step up to the plate to deliver an even more accomplished body of work than ever before! 2014 brings a new album and new tour. Magnum once again set to deliver a fine crafted album with their trademark sound and more. The new album titled “Escape from the Shadow Garden” will be released March 2014. Followed by UK & EU tour. ‘Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies’, which also debuted at number 2 in the Rock & Metal chart and at number 6 in the Indie chart on release on Steamhammer / SPV, is a notably heavier, harder offering than its much acclaimed predecessor, ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’, and is packed with even more of Magnum’s massive trademark rousing rock melodies.
2016 saw Magnum back in the studio once again. From this came the album Sacred Blood Divine Lies. 10 brand new tracks forging forward the Magnum sound. With the collaboration once again with Rodney Matthews artwork the release came with bonus videos and bonus tracks. Never to let anything out of their hands without that extra effort Magnum push the boundaries to give their fans an album worth getting your hands on and not just for the music. Followed by an extensive 33 date 2016 tour in EU, UK & Ireland and then again a Winter tour appearing at a select few UK & Irish venues.
After a conversation between Tony and his daughter discussing all the ballads the band had in the catalogue, wouldn’t it be a great to re-release in some way an album full of Magnum ballads? Tony talked to SPV and they agreed. This turned out to be a longer process than anticipated. As once again Magnum were not just going to release old songs in a new guise, many songs undertook a lot of treatment to remix, re-master and even re-record complete songs. The new Ballads album titles “Valley of Tears” was released 6th January 2017.
Summer 2017 saw Magnum once again return to the M2 studios to start work on the next studio album. While the band continue to appear around the mainland EU and the UK festival circuit the band continue to record. The new album titled ” Lost On The Road To Eternity” was released on January 2018 followed up by an extensive tour. As usual Rodney Matthews has been commissioned to do the cover artwork.
Tickets for the Magnum – June 2019 shows are available from:
Tuesday 11th June
BURY ST EDMUNDS – Apex
Box Office No: 01284 758000
Website – https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on/details.cfm?id=464547&ins=614190
Doors – 7.00pm
Wednesday 12th June
HOLMFIRTH – Picturedrome
Box Office No: 0844 249 1000
Website – https://www.eventim.co.uk/event/magnum-holmfirth-picturedrome-11657339/?affiliate=GCL
Doors – 7.30pm
Thursday 13th June
WARRINGTON – Parr Hall
Box Office No: 0844 249 1000
Website – https://www.eventim.co.uk/event/magnum-parr-hall-11657349/?affiliate=GCL
Doors – 7.03pm