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an-evening-of-genesis-at-the-furnace-stoke-on-trent-with-mamaDave’s Tour Log – Issue 2 – Five Go On Tour, May 2nd 2015

Before we get into the bizarre world of Dave’s humour, we thought it wise to tell you something about the real word. Saturday 9th May 2015 will see Mama performing An Evening of Genesis Music, live at Theatre on the Steps in Bridgnorth. You can get tickets from the theatre by calling 01746 766 477 or buy them online on the Theatre on the Steps website. Be warned; as of four hours ago there were only 19 tickets left, so you should probably also consider our show at The Furnace in Stoke, on Friday 5th June 2015. Tickets for The Furnace can be bought from our EventBrite page.

The band would like to pass on a HUGE thanks to the people of Leicester for turning out to see our show on Saturday just gone. Without you, the show simply wouldn’t work. We hope you all enjoyed it, despite our technical gremlins. We’d also like to thank Danny and his team for booking us, making us feel very welcome and generating such a buzz for the show. They certainly proved to us that The Musician is among the very best live music venues in the UK (and we’ve seen a fair few!).

Finally, we’d like to thank Chen and Kal of Scancom for looking after us for the weekend, filling us with a whole months worth of food and then doing it all again the next day, keeping us entertained with family stories, musical banter and hilarious anecdotes about mutual friends. You know Shelley owns Solsbury Hill don’t you?  :-)

And now…. The tour log!

It was lovely day! A Saturday and the sun was shining down. After eight weeks the five were finally getting together again and they all could not wait. Unfortunately there was no room for Poppy the Dog to accompany them. Neither was there room for Big Cat and Little Cat. John W, James and David met first.

“Hello Dave. Hello James,” said John W.

“Hello John. Hello James,” said Dave.

“Hello Dave. Hello John,” said James.

John W and Dave had driven round to pick up James in their van “Betty.” Today they were heading off on an adventure to Leicester. James being the youngest of the bunch was prone to getting excited and today was no exception!

“I am so looking forward to playing again!” said James, jumping up and down. “I can’t wait!” View full article »

NEXT SHOW: The Musician, Leicester!

Mama at The Musician, LeicesterMama, to perform An Evening of Genesis Music at The Musician, Leicester!

Hello…. Remember us?

Well after quite a long break from shows we are back with a bang at a new venue for us, namely The Musician in Leicester. Tickets have already gone really well for this show and according to the promoter we have the best advance sales for May. We will be playing the famous “Duke Suite” at this and indeed our next show after The Musician, which is at our old haunt The Theatre On The Steps in Bridgnorth. That venue has also reported great advance ticket sales which are up on last time and don’t forget we sold that venue out last year. Great to see such interest in keeping Genesis music alive by the tribute bands who perform it. We just need a team of Sherpa’s to help us up the dreaded 120 steps at Bridgnorth… Any offers?

Legends of Rock 2016

We had a great time at 2015 Legends Of Rock Festival back in March and are proud to announce that due to the reaction of the crowd there we have once again been invited back for 2016. More details as soon as we have them.

You can also watch this video on YouTube if you prefer.

Genesis, ex members, hits & other ditties

We have started work on another element of our show to hopefully delight Genesis fans, which means Mama are currently learning some of the ex-Genesis members solo hits such as In The Air Tonight, Sledgehammer, All I Need Is A Miracle, The Living Years, Big Time and many others to create a “Genesis hits” set. We will premier this set at our second night in Kinross after we play a totally “Prog Genesis” set the night before. We are also learning a brand new song for this as well as re-introducing a couple of songs we have stopped playing, so lots of rehearsals at this moment in time. Lets us know what “hits” you think we could incorporate in the comments section below or on our Facebook page.

The DVD & Live CD

We keep getting asked about the CD and DVD release we promised last year. Work is still ongoing. We basically want to get it right for when you hand over your hard earned cash for it which hopefully explains the delay. Watch this space!

Hope to see you at a Mama show soon. :-)

Mama at The Musician, Leicester

DAVE’S TOUR LOG: Legends of Rock

dave legends of rock 2015Dave’s Tour Log – Issue 1 – Legends of Rock weekend, March 7th 2015

It’s 8.00am and I am sitting in Betty, the name lovingly given to the Mama tour van. I’m with John W, James and Andrew as we set off on our epic trip from the North West to Great Yarmouth. The weather is gorgeous and we all have a spring in our step. The van is in good form and we head off on the open road (well, the M6 anyway) and the conversation varies from music to maths – yes maths.

It was going very nicely thank you, until a car pulled up in front of us and flashed FOLLOW ME through its back window. So we exited the motorway and found ourselves driving into a Police check area. Lots of questions flashed through our minds! Did we insure the van? YES. Is the MOT up to date? YES. Do the tyres have legal tread? YES. Should we ask the Policeman to amend his car sign to say FOLLOW YOU first? Er NO. JW is wearing his Mama T-shirt and one of the Policemen is a big Genesis fan. He approaches John and asks him a key question, “What era do you do?”

“All era’s matey!” That said we pass the test and drive back onto the motorway.

Sat Nav & Radio issues

We are using Andrew’s mobile phone sat nav as the one in the van isn’t very good. The last time we turned it on it simply said, “You are lost!” While Andrew is resting his eyes, we think about attaching his phone to the radio so that we can hear it advising us on which way to go. Unfortunately the van’s radio came free in a Christmas Cracker and as such does not appear to allow you to manually tune in to particular radio frequencies, so we need Andrew awake to tell us which way to go. This is the point where Andrew defines the term “normal” as meaning one who has a broken radio and will get it repaired. Clearly JW isn’t normal. View full article »

Buy tickets for Mama at Bolton RoundhouseMama will be performing their 2015 tour show (An Evening of Genesis Music) at The Roundhouse, Bolton. Saturday 28th Feb 2015.

Fresh from our trip to Romford (and what a great time we had performing at The Brookside Theatre!), we’re pleased to announce that our show at The Roundhouse in Bolton this Saturday coming is almost sold out. So, if you want tickets, we would suggest you book them pronto. Call Ron at the venue to book. His number is 01204 528 323. Alternatively, you can pop down to the venue to buy tickets. They’re priced £8.00 advance and £10.00 on the door we believe.

Romford Rocks!

Thanks to everyone who came to see our show over the weekend at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. Also, many thanks to Jai and the theatre staff (volunteers no less!) for the warm welcome and stunning light show. We are putting you on our official list of “venues we love to work with!”

If you’re local to this venue, please support them by attending shows. They have some great acts coming up and good venues like this one are hard to come by!

Interview with Dave (Bass)

We did have a full interview with Dave, our bass player, a couple of weeks ago. However, we only published a small part of it. Here it is in full for all the bass heads out there, featuring a free download of In The Cage Medley performed at The Brookside Theatre, Romford. The audio is taken straight from our desk.

Mama Website: Hello Dave! It’s been almost six months since you joined Mama. How has it been for you?

Dave Jones: I have had a great time. When I first heard that I had got the bass slot I was ecstatic and then it dawned on me that I had to actually learn 30 songs! I joined up with the band in Newcastle for Dave Perry’s final gig. I played a couple of songs at the sound check and then spent the next month learning the set. I practised along with the band’s DVD almost every day. It wasn’t the same as actually rehearsing with them but it was as close as I could get. My first gig at Blackburn is now immortalised on video and my main thought when I look at the clips from that night is how static I am. I was concentrating so much to make sure I did not make a mistake that I hardly moved. Over the next few concerts I slowly got used to the set so that now I feel relaxed on stage and am thoroughly enjoying playing with the band – they are all brilliant musicians and more importantly, great people to be with. So to summarise, it has been a wonderful time and I am really looking forward to the concerts this year.

MW: What was it like trying to learn 30 songs in such a short period of time?

DJ: The main advantage I had was that I have been a huge fan of Genesis since 1973. At that time I was in a cabaret band whose drummer was Peter Clarke, or Budgie, who went on to find fame with Siouxsie and the Banshees. He had a copy of “Selling England by the Pound” and I remember listening to it and being blown away. I bought a copy and then bought the back catalogue, so I have been listening to this music for over 40 years. In all that time I had never played in a band that attempted any Genesis songs but when it came to work out the music for Mama I knew how it went. All I had to do was actually work out the notes – a minor problem!

MW: What have you enjoyed the most about playing with the band?

DJ: First of all, their dedication to reproducing this music as accurately as possible and at the same time introducing fresh energy into each song. This combined with the work of the Road Crew who are dedicated to helping us produce a great sound and vision show, results in each Mama gig being an event, something that the audience will always remember.

MW: The members of Mama are known for meeting up with their audience after each show. What kind of questions have you been asked?

DJ: I am often asked which is my favourite piece to play live – the honest answer is that it changes with every gig. From the Morse code-like bass line of Land of Confusion to the hypnotic riff of Carpet Crawlers, from the complex intricate patterns of In The Cage to the laid back groove of Misunderstanding – it’s all good stuff!

MW: What other questions have you been asked?

DJ: Why do you play the bass with your thumb? Over the years I have used a plectrum, I have used my fingers and more recently my thumb, like Sting who favoured that technique. I tend to vary the way I play depending on which Genesis song it is and how bad the blister on my thumb is!

MW: OK let’s get technical, which strings do you use?

DJ: Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

MW: Four string or Five string bass, which do you prefer?

DJ: I have a five string bass but tend not to use it – I can get all the sounds I need with the four string combined with the bass pedals. But I am on the lookout for a double neck!

MW: And who is your favourite bass player?

DJ: There are far too many to mention but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, John Entwistle, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

MW: Back to Genesis, do you have a favourite Genesis album?

DJ: This is a very tricky question. From the Gabriel period it is “Selling England by the Pound.” For the four piece band it is “A Trick of the Tail” and for the three piece band it is “Duke.” But I like all the albums. They each have something about them that I can relate to.

MW: What is your favourite Genesis gig?

DJ: I have seen the band several times. The gig that stands out for me is the re-union concert at Milton Keynes. This was an all-day event and it rained the whole time! It was a monumental day for Genesis, getting back together and playing live to a huge audience. Despite the terrible weather it was a special day. It was also the day my beloved trench coat died. It was so wet that when I got back it actually stood up without me in it!

MW: Sounds like the day was a wash out!

DJ: Surprisingly the day was unforgettable and the fact that the band has not officially released any recordings of that concert has resulted in it being a special memory.

Mama at The Roundhouse, Bolton

MW: Talking of memories, which of your Mama gigs has been special for you?

DJ: My very first gig at Blackburn was exciting but since then each gig has been memorable in its own way. More recently the first two shows of 2015 have been really special. Both sell outs and both with brilliant audiences. In Chester we played in a theatre and the crowd gave us some wonderful feedback, then a week later we played the legendary Cavern Club – where they had to turn people away! From the get-go the audience were singing along and were into every song we did. I have never played a concert that had such a great reception and to date that gig is THE special one!

MW: What’s next then for Mama?

DJ: The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to Bolton at the Roundhouse where we are hoping to introduce even more ‘new’ pieces into our set. If you have been to our Facebook page you will have seen mobile phone footage of our recent rehearsals so you’ll know which songs I am referring to!

MW: Which songs are they then?

DJ: So far we have brought in the Second’s Out medley of The Lamb and The Musical Box. Next we have been playing Home by the Sea and Second Home by the Sea. Finally we have brought back Misunderstanding, which the band have played in the past but is new to me. For Bolton we are hoping to premiere the remaining sections of the Duke’s Suite, namely Duke’s Travels and Duke’s End!

MW: Sounds challenging!

DJ: It is! These pieces are technically challenging and memory challenging!

MW: Future plans for the band?

DJ: It would be nice to sell out as many of the 2015 gigs as possible. Plus we want to finally release the live DVD and a live CD. In addition, we have had many requests to play in Europe, so one long term aim is to take our show across the Channel.

Selection Of Shows Genesis Alan HewittMW: Sounds like you will be busy?

DJ: We will but that is why we do this. We love this music and we want to keep it alive for other fans of Genesis.

MW: Going to leave it there so thanks for your time Dave.

DJ: My pleasure.

The New Alan Hewitt Book

Our last item of interest today is a new book written by our good friend Alan Hewitt and published by Wymer UK. It goes on sale on the 1st March 2015 and is priced at £19.99. The book features forewords by Phil Collins & Steve Hackett, so I guess that makes it fairly official?

To buy your own copy of A Selection of Shows Genesis (& Solo), simply follow this link or click on the book cover on the right hand side. No doubt if you bring your copy of the book to one of our shows that Alan is attending, he’ll sign it for you.  :-)

NEXT SHOW: Brookside Theatre, Romford

Dave Mama Website BioAn evening of Genesis music with Mama, comes to The Brookside Theatre, Romford!

Hello all! It’s Sunday night which means we’ve just about recovered from our show at The Cavern this weekend. What a show it was! We broke records with a sellout crowd which along with our first show of 2015 in Chester the week before, gives us a great start to 2015. Thanks to everyone who came to see us at these shows. Spending your hard earned money on our show is really appreciated and we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!

So what’s next for Mama? Well, we will be visiting Essex. Specifically, on Saturday 21st February, we’ll be at The Brookside Theatre in Romford. This is a first visit to the venue for us, so we are hoping to capitalise on our recent numbers and pull a good crowd, so that we can visit again in 2016. If you’re in the area, tell us you already got your tickets?

Quiet Man Dave Speaks Out!

We thought he would quietly sit back and be content playing his bass but oh no, after Chester and Liverpool, he’s dying to have his say on our website! So without further ado, I’ll hand you over. This is bass man Jones, telling it his way:

An Evening of Genesis Music with MamaHello everyone!

It’s been almost six months since I joined the band and I have had such a fantastic time. From my first gig in Blackburn I have been knocked out by the reaction from the audience to our performances. This, combined with selling out our first two shows of 2015, shows that there is a huge desire out there for quality live music and there is no doubt that the music of Genesis is of the very highest quality.

I am often asked which is my favourite piece to play live? The honest answer is that it changes with every gig. From the Morse code-like bass line of Land of Confusion to the hypnotic riff of Carpet Crawlers, from the complex intricate patterns of In The Cage to the laid back groove of Misunderstanding – it’s all good stuff!

Other questions I have been asked include….

Why do you play the bass with your thumb? Over the years I have used a plectrum, I have used my fingers and more recently my thumb, like Sting who favoured that technique. I tend to vary the way I play depending on which Genesis song it is and how bad the blister is on my thumb!

Which strings do you use? Roundwound Rotosound longscale steel bass strings – worth every penny.

Four string or five string? I have a five string bass but tend not to use it. I can get all the sounds I need with the four string combined with the bass pedals. But I am on the lookout for a double neck!

Favourite bass players? Too many to list but any list would include Mike Rutherford (obviously!), Chris Squire, Paul McCartney, Geddy Lee, Jaco Pastorius, Scott LaFaro, Stanley Clarke, Carol Kaye, Geezer Butler and James Jamerson.

The band was ecstatic after our Cavern Club gig and now we are looking forward to a trip to The Brookside Theatre, Romford in Essex on Saturday, 21st February. A week later and we are in Bolton at the Roundhouse where we are hoping to introduce even more ‘new’ pieces into our set. If you have been to our Facebook page you will have seen mobile phone footage of our recent rehearsals so you’ll know which songs I am referring to!

Prefer to watch this video on YouTube? Go HERE.

We think our show is of great quality and if the feedback on our Facebook page is anything to go by, so do you! However to make it work, we have to sell as many tickets as possible. This means we need to spread the word as far and as fast as possible, to all Genesis and live music fans. Can I urge you to get in touch if you can help promote the band’s gigs?

I’m really looking forward to all our concerts in 2015 and if you come along to watch please have a word after the show. We enjoying discussing all things Genesis with you. We are fans of the music just as you are and our aim is to keep this music alive.

Best wishes
Dave – the new boy!

That just about wraps up our latest news. We’ve still got some more video to post from our Chester show. Just haven’t yet had chance to sift through it all to look for the best bits. Maybe tomorrow eh? In the meantime, head over to The Brookside Theatre website and grab your tickets for an evening of Genesis music on Saturday 21st February. We’ll do our very best to make it worth your while. :-)

An Evening of Genesis Music with Mama