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On stage: Magnum



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- Magnum & Soley Mourning - Oct. 2009 - Bochum (D) -


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- Magnum & Soley Mourning - October, 5th 2009 - Bochum (D), Zeche -





Soley Mourning live in Bochum

Soley Mourning live in Bochum

Magnum live in Bochum

Magnum live in Bochum

Magnum live in Bochum

British rockers Magnum released earlier this year their latest album The Valley Of The Moonking which is the 15th studio album. The Birmingham boys now on tour to promote this album allover Europe. Different support bands are opening for them and in Bochum it should be the last show of Dudley rockers Soley Mourning. To be honest, I haven't heard of that band before - like almost everybody who came out on a rainy Monday night. The fivesome kicked off with Midday and continued with the title track of their current release Remove Replace Rewire. Singer Mat Partridge has a powerful voice and a bluesy touch, musically the Dudley outfit is more based in alternative rock and partly they add a dash of funk. Ronny Biggs inspired them for Going Down To Rio which was followed by The City Is Mine which they dedicated to Alex. Bochum was the last show for Soley Mourning and before they headed into Easylife they thanked Magnum for the opportunity to support them and the fans for giving them a fair chance. After a few more rockers they presented the ballad Blue Bourbon which they played 'for all lovers in the house'. With Gas Pedal Screamin' the quintet returned to rock and as a closer they choose a cover version of Born To Be Wild, the Steppenwolf classic. The audience was divided some really enjoyed the band, others just wished them to get off stage - as usual a matter of taste. Mat & his mates did a good job and could entertain rock fans who didn't know their songs. Well done!
After a change over it was time for the British hard rock legend Magnum! The Brummies kicked off with Cry To Yourself, a slightly bombastic hymn off their latest album The Valley Of The Moonking. Bob Catley, dressed with a black glittering shirt, acted like a conductor for the audience and encouraged them to celebrate the night with Magnum. With Take Me To The Edge and Brand New Morning some more tune from this millennium been played. Guitarist Tony Clarkin and keyboarder Mark Stanway were supporting Mr. Catley melodically while bassist Al Barrow and former Thunder drummer Harry James delivered the rhythmic playground. "Something from our new CD..." Bob Catley announced and they headed into The Moonking. When We Were Younger was an invitation to sing along. Magnum played some newer songs while the fans were waiting for some classics. With Les Morts Dansant and All England's Eyes the fans got some classics. The last tune was Vigilante, but no Magnum show without Kingdom Of Madness. The fans were loudly singing along and clapping their hands as long as Magnum were on stage - and to bring them back. Mr. Catley is still a charismatic singer and even if the band is growing old, they could easily entertain the audience. Some fans would have loved to hear more classics, but others were happy to hear the new songs... Anyway, the Magnum fans were happy and nobody regretted to come out at this rainy night.




Claudia Ehrhardt

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