OUR SHOW ON SATURDAY 3RD DEC 2016 (THE ROUNDHOUSE, BOLTON) HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO FEB 2017 DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUE. WE WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGISE TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW AND ALSO TO THE VENUE.
Mama to perform their official Christmas show at The Roundhouse in Bolton, Saturday 3rd December 2016. Tickets on sale now!
We come to the final show of 2016 and yes, it’s our official Christmas party! What’s not to like? Saturday 3rd December 2016 will see us performing at The Roundhouse in Bolton, probably wearing Santa hats. If you like your Genesis, there will be no better place to be on this night!
Want tickets? Call the Roundhouse box office right now on 01204 528 323.
What’s new in the world of Mama?
Today, we have an interview to share, that we conducted with John (vocals). We also have some videos taken from our last show at Farnham Maltings. Big shout out to the Farnham crowd and of course our promoter and the venue technical staff – thanks for making us feel so welcome and being such an enthusiastic audience. It’s much appreciated! 🙂
The interview below was conducted in October 2016, shortly before our Citadel shows.
Mama Website: Hi JW. How’s it going?
John W: Very well thanks.
MW: Looking forward to the shows this weekend?
JW: Yeah we always have a great time at The Citadel and the two different shows this year have both sold really well.
MW: These shows are Mark’s last two shows with the band are they not?
JW: Yeah, its been five years but we finally got rid of him (Laughs). No, it is sad to see Mark go of course as he has been a big part of the band over the last five years, but I respect his decision and understand why he made it.
MW: So that is the last we will see of him?
JW: Well he has said if our new chap Darren cannot make a show he will be a more than capable stand in. Also he will be involved in publicity etc as he is a great photographer which is his day job.
MW: Yes about Darren, how did you find him?
JW: Well some of you may remember than Mark was going to leave in 2014 and we did in fact audition some other guitarists. Darren was mentioned to us by our old bassist Dave Perry as someone who would do a great job for the band. We were going to contact him but by that time he had joined another tribute band and anyways Mark decided to stay. When Mark decided this year he was leaving then we looked at some other guys but they weren’t right for the band. Then out of the blue the tribute band Darren was in split up and he got my number from Dave Perry and rang me offering me their planned shows as he had organised them. It so happened that we were already booked [on those dates] but as soon as I learned he was free we got him down for an audition.
MW: Which went well I assume?
JW: It went better than well. By the second song in I knew we had our man. The rest of the band felt the same way so we offered him the job on the spot.
MW: Sounds like a lucky break, for the band I mean?
JW: I am a great believer in fate and it was the right time for Darren to join Mama. He is a superb guitarist and a great chap as well. Really gets what Mama is all about and brings a wealth of experience to us.
MW: His first show was at Thornton (see link for videos) . What was that like?
JW: Well it was very odd looking across the stage and not seeing Mark there, but Darren did a superb job.
MW: And how do they both differ?
JW: Well no two guitarists sound the same and we have been blessed to have two superb ones in Mama. I am sure people who come to the shows who have seen Mark will love Darren’s style also. Both great players and huge Genesis fans of course.
MW: Great! So tell me what else has been happening in Mama.
JW: Well we have upgraded our lighting [system] by purchasing eight MAC 500 lights which are the same ones Genesis used on their final tour in 2007. We got an old friend of mine, Dave Heaton, into the lighting crew who brings a great deal of experience from my old Face Value days when he was lighting operator. He, Julie and Andrew are currently working out the programming of these beasts for the Solihull show (see link for videos) where we hope to debut them (We did. They Rock. See videos.).
We have also finally realised an ambition of mine as we are playing two shows in Holland in 2017.
MW: Think you mentioned that a few years ago.
JW: Yeah we were put onto a promoter by our friends in the Yes Tribute band Seyes. They did two shows for this promoter and recommended him to us. We sent an email and directed him to footage on YouTube and he came back at once with two shows. Can’t wait to play there.
MW: Quite an adventure, but what happened to the band playing the whole of the Duke album?
JW: That has had to go on the back burner for now with getting Darren in and all. We still hope to do that but perhaps in 2018 now. We are looking at some different Genesis songs to play in 2017 that no one else is playing though.
MW: So again the future is good?
JW: Yeah, I think I can keep going until I reach retirement age (laughs) and the rest of the band have a new energy now that Darren has joined. It is always that way when someone leaves and a band gets a new member.
MW: Thanks for talking to us John and good luck with the future shows.
JW: Pleasure matey.