*** BRITISH MELODIC ROCK LEGENDS’ ‘LIVE AT THE SYMPHONY HALL’ ALBUM RELEASED JANUARY 18th 2019 ON STEAMHAMMER /SPV***
British melodic hard rock icons Magnum have lined up the release of a brand new, very special album, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’, on January 18th 2019, on Steamhammer / SPV. Recorded on 19th April at the exhilarating final concert of their 2 month long ‘Road To Eternity Tour’ in Birmingham, ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’ will be released as a double digipak CD, triple gatefold (with printed inner sleeves) 180 gram green-with-white-swirls vinyl (+ 2CD in paper sleeve) album, download and stream.
‘Live At The Symphony Hall’ contains an impeccable mix of Magnum classics and cracking new songs from 2018’s studio album, ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which was universally acclaimed as one of, if not the best album of the group’s entire career to date when released at the end of January this year.
‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, which crashed into the Indie Album Chart at number 1 and the UK national album chart at number 15, was made ‘Album Of The Month’ by Powerplay magazine, writer Martin Howell stating that “This is classic Magnum, only more so. The band sound re-invigorated, they’ve taken all the elements that make Magnum so special and magnified them, and the result is really something spectacular…seriously this is incredible…Tony Clarkin has written some of the best material of his career. There are so many little touches, intricate parts, harmony vocals, making this a masterclass in songwriting. 10/10”
By the time that Magnum, who had set off on tour on February 20th, arrived back in Birmingham on April 19th, guitarist Tony Clarkin, vocalist Bob Catley, bassist Al Barrow, keyboard player Rick Benton and drummer Lee Morris were perfectly attuned to each other after playing packed out shows night after night and intent on outdoing themselves at this climactic final concert.
“Birmingham was one of those nights when everything clicked’ Clarkin comments, continuing “The sound on stage was phenomenal and you could feel from the way the audience reacted that it sounded spectacular inside the hall as well. When that spark is lit between a band and their fans it can create something special and magical. And that’s exactly what happened in Birmingham.”
Spurred on by the audience’s raucous cheers, the band were elevated to play supreme versions of majestic Magnum masterworks such as ‘How Far Jerusalem’, ‘Vigilante’, ‘Don’t Wake The Lion (Too Old To Die Young)’ and ‘The Spirit’. All the newer songs meanwhile, including ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, ‘Peaches And Cream’, ‘Show Me Your Hands’ and ‘Without Love’, were uplifted to live rock anthem levels. “It’s well-known that there`s a huge difference between studio and stage”, Clarkin explains. “In a studio a band has numerous tries to make a song sound perfect. On stage however, you only get one try. Of course, if that one succeeds, the studio version gains a whole lot of additional adrenaline and enthusiasm which makes it that much more lively, enthralling, unique.”
Star guest vocalist Tobias Sammet (Avantasia, Edguy), who flew in specially for the show, was swept along by this enthusiasm and the blazing interaction with the audience when he bounded on stage to add his distinctive vocals to ‘Lost On The Road To Eternity’, replicating the song’s studio recording. The new ‘‘Lost On The Road To Eternity (Live feat. Tobias Sammet)’ version will be released as a digital single on November 9th.
Musing over the question of what might make ‘Live At Symphony Hall’ any different from Magnum’s previous live recordings, Tony Clarkin comments that “Bob and I have been in this band for quite a while now, but we’ve never lost our passion for Magnum. We want to keep learning new things and are open to tips and advice. That’s why we constantly revise our old songs, sometimes we play them a bit faster, sometimes a bit slower, we change a solo here and a part of the melody there. That way we not only keep our audience interested but also our own enjoyment in these pieces alive.” There really isn’t a more fitting way to describe the magic of Magnum’s captivating ‘Live At The Symphony Hall’ tour finale recording.
Magnum can’t wait to return to the live stage to play the following UK shows on their ‘Lost On The Road Winter Tour 2018’:-
22nd November EDINBURGH Liquid Rooms
23rd November TROON Winterstorm Festival
24th November NEWCASTLE Riverside
25th November SHEFFIELD Plug
27th November NORWICH Waterfront
28th November BILSTON Robin 2