Behind The Lines / Dukes End
As we approach the last couple of shows in our 2013 calendar, we have started to think about the changes for 2014. Regular Mama followers know we have used Behind The Lines / Dukes End as our show opener from day one. We have tried swapping things around with Mama and Turn It On Again, but let’s face it Behind The Lines is iconic as a Genesis opener. The theory is, if it ain’t broke….
What we’re planning for 2014 is to broaden the piece from the way Genesis used it in 2007 and match it to ‘The Story of Albert’, as performed in May 1980. If you have been to a recent Mama show you will know that we now include the vocal section of Behind The Lines, segue through Duchess and Guide Vocal to close it with Turn it On Again. There is a bit missing…. a very important bit!
The band is hopeful that Dukes Travels will be rehearsed and embedded in our Duke Suite by the time we start our 2014 programme. We will then restore Dukes End in its rightful place to complete the Suite. A little later than planned but you know what they say….
Two big medleys in the set for next year (You should all know what the other one is. If you don’t then have a look around this website!). Here it comes…. The Story of Albert, Mama style!
You can catch up with Mama at our free 2013 Christmas Party / Video shoot in Bacup on the 7th December. To register for your free ticket, simply head over to our EventBrite box office website. Tickets are going real fast for this show despite the fact that we haven’t actually started advertising it yet outside of the Mama website. So book early to avoid disappointment.
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Mama to perform their 2013 tour show in Shaw and Newcastle
After a longish break from shows so that we could grab a holiday and catch up with the real world, we are excited to finally count down the last few days to two hotly anticipate shows in our 2013 gig list. First up is Friday night at Playhouse 2 in Shaw, near Oldham.
Playhouse 2 is a favourite venue of ours because we’ve had a great crowd in the past. A great crowd makes for a great gig. In fact, we sold out last time so if you’re thinking of coming down to this show, book your tickets now. Right now!
Tickets for Playhouse 2 are available on the We Got Tickets website (right now there’s only 19 left on the website!) and also from the box office which is hidden away in Interiors (a shop) just around the corner. You can contact Kirsty at Interiors on 01706 840 400. Here’s the details:
Friday 22nd November 2013 – Playhouse 2, Shaw
Ticket price: £12.00
Box office: 01706 840 400
Playhouse 2, 2 Newtown St, Shaw, Oldham, OL2 8NX
The next show on the date sheet is the night after – Saturday! We’re really looking forward to this one too because it’s our first visit to the North East and it’s our first time performing at an O2 Academy venue. You can buy tickets for this show on the O2 Academy Newcastle website. The details:
Saturday 23rd November 2013 - O2 Academy Newcastle
Ticket price: £13.00 (standard) £10.00 (concession)
Box office: www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, NE1 1SW
*** this show is early doors (6.30pm) and early start (7.30pm) *** View full article »
Peter Gabriel, live at the Manchester Phones 4 U Arena, Friday 25th October 2013
Having missed the ‘So’ tour back in 1987 (probably due to concentrating on the Genesis tour around the same time) I was pleased to see that Peter was performing the whole of my favourite album of his on a new tour. This ‘Whole of one album’ seems to be a concept that is catching on with many artists and bands and indeed is one that Mama are looking at in 2014. I can see the attraction both for artist and fans alike. Structured chunk of the set list for artist and fans get to experience songs that perhaps have never been played live before.
I must admit I was a little concerned about the rigors of a such tour on Peter’s voice which let’s face it is 27 years older now than when ‘So’ was recorded. Those songs are not easy to sing live I would imagine. That aside I was really looking forward to the show. The MEN Arena (Phones 4 U Arena sounds daft sorry) is a cavernous building which I have visited several times now and never been impressed by. Sound is usually poor and silly charges for drinks and food, but needs must I suppose. I took my wife (Lisa) and daughter (May) with me and also managed to get my mate Dave Broome (part time Mama roadie) a ticket. We arrived in good time and Lisa and May took their seats while Dave and I had a beer (at more than extortionate prices I might add) and met up with some friends for a chat.
Has it started?
Suddenly I heard Peter introduce the two ladies who were supporting him so I left Dave chatting and took my seat with Lisa and May. The ladies both sang two songs each which I really enjoyed. Cello and Xylophone are so underused in ‘rock’ music and it was great to hear something a bit different. I managed an all too brief chat with some more friends about the show in the interval before a group of people walked on the stage and signed Peter’s song ‘Blood Of Eden’. I later learned that this was the Warrington Sign Choir (you can donate here).
House lights anyone? Anyone?
A few minutes later and Peter walked onto the stage. This was a little surprising as the main house lights had not been switched off. He sat at his piano stage left and explained that the show was to be ‘served’ in three courses, like a good meal.
Starter: Acoustic set including a song that he was still ‘working out’.
Main course: Some of the more ‘experimental songs’ played with electric instruments.
Dessert: The whole of the ‘So’ album. View full article »
Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band announce FREE SHOW for everyone!
You may have noticed that we’ve recently updated our website with an EventBrite registration box on the right hand side for our 2013 Xmas Party. This is going to be an extra special show to say thanks to all of you that have spent your hard earned cash to come and see us at a show over the last twelve months. We’ll be hosting the show at The Hub in Bacup, Lancashire which could be interesting in early December! Put the date in your diary; Saturday 7th December 2013.
Special? But Why?
Okay, the first thing to note here is, this is a FREE SHOW! Secondly, it is of course our 2013 Christmas Party and we’re inviting you all to come down and celebrate it with us, Genesis style. Finally, we are going to film this show and hopefully release it soon after on both DVD and Blu-ray Disc, to buy. That means, you can be a part of our live concert video! You simply must remember to wear your Mama T-shirts and if you haven’t got one, get over to our shop page and order one from our merchandise team. They are waiting to take your orders.
Carpet Crawlers Is Here
Want to see the kind of thing we’re going for? Well, we shot some video at our last show in Warrington. Here’s Carpet Crawlers with a rather unique introduction from John W and Marko. Were you at this show? Tell us what you thought of the show using the comment section below.
If you’d like to register for a ticket to attend the Christmas party with Mama, please use the EventBrite box office we’ve set up. You can access it by hitting this button now:
Remember, this show is TICKET ONLY! The tickets are FREE but you have to register in advance! You won’t be able to get into the venue without a ticket and there will be NO TICKETS ON THE DOOR to buy. Sorry, but we have to control numbers with this being a free show. Avoid disappointment by registering right now.
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That’s all for now and we hope to see some of you there. If not, remember that we will be in Nuneaton next Saturday (12th October 2013) for our show at Queens Hall. You can buy tickets for this show from the venue. See the gigs page for details.
Mama, the UK’s all era Genesis Tribute Band set for Blackburn show!
It’s that time of year again where we visit one of the top small theatres in the country to perform our show. If you’ve not been to Thwaites Empire before, you’re missing a trick! This venue is one of our favourites because it boasts great views of the band from every seat and great acoustics, so you can be sure of a night to remember, listening to your favourite Genesis tracks.
Here’s what John W had to say about our recent jaunt over to Yorkshire for Tribfest 2013!
We were very happy to be asked to appear at the 2012 Tribfest in the VIP tent (Marquee if you want to get all technical on us) and we must have made a good impression as a week later we were asked to appear on the main stage at this years event. The festival itself is billed as the largest tribute band festival in Europe and has been going a good number of years now. Most of the top UK tribute bands have appeared there at some time or another with quite a lot (Simple Minds and The Cure tributes leap to mind) from abroad. Tribfest is a three day festival with various stages and tents and has expanded into original bands and a DJ tent if the whole “tribute thing” doesn’t float your boat. View full article »