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Interview with JW about recent shows

An Evening of Genesis with Mama - The Cluny, NewcastleThe Cluny at Newcastle is gearing up for an evening of Genesis music, naturally supplied by Mama.

Our next two shows take place at The Cluny in Newcastle followed by The Ferry Hotel in Eastham (on The Wirral). The first show is a Genesis show and the second is a free show we are using to showcase our new “hits” set list. So if you’re in the North East, grab your tickets for our Newcastle show over on our EventBrite page. If you’re in the North West, put the 31st in your diary, get making your costume and join us By The Sea for some ghoulish entertainment.

Interview with JW

We think it’s time for another chat with John W, so we collared him at the last Mama show (The Railway in Bromley Cross). You can read the full interview below:

Webmaster: Hi John! How’s it going?

JW: Great! Well, apart from Marko having an illness that affects his balance and hearing.

Webmaster: Oh no. How does that affect him then?

JW: Well when it was really bad, at Kinross actually, he could not hear anything and was feeling sick all the time. We did think about cancelling those two shows but so many people had booked that we felt it was best to carry on with them. Fortunately Marko got through both nights and didn’t fall off the stage (laughing). He’s much better now.

Webmaster: Glad to hear that. So he’s alright now then?

JW: Yeah he’s back to his usual self. Mad as that is (laughing).

Webmaster: So how did Kinross go? That was the venue where you played the “hits set” for the first time wasn’t it?

JW: Yeah, the first night Marko was poorly and we had to drop a couple of songs we were going to play as he really didn’t feel up to it. The second night, he felt better and so we did the full hits show. It went down really really well. Much better than I expected in fact and we all really enjoyed the challenge and the novelty of playing these new songs for us. View full article »

New Mama Trailer / Promo Video

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, KinrossMama, the UK’s all era Genesis tribute band today releases a new promo video, soundcheck recorded track and radio interview. Busy day!

We’ve got a fair bit of news and content in today’s news post!

First up, we’ve been playing around with the video footage we shot a while back at our Bacup show. As you may recall, we shot this show on four HD cameras with the intention of creating a saleable DVD and Blu-ray Disc. We’re not quite there yet with the final product, but we have got a sneak preview which we created to promote our next two shows.

You can also watch this video on YouTube.

Kinross 2015

Speaking of which, you can catch the band in a Mama first on the weekend of the 25th & 26th September 2015. It’s a first because we will be performing two shows back to back. It’s also unique because one of those shows will be dedicated to the hits and other great songs that were produced not just by Genesis, but also by Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett and Mike & The Mechanics.

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, Kinross

Rain Down

As if that wasn’t enough news for you, we’re going to throw in a new track you can listen to below. This track was recorded during the sound check at our last show in Thornton. It’ll no doubt feature on the Saturday night in Kinross.

Now you’re thinking, that’s everything right? Wrong. Shortly before our Hull show (North Ferriby), JW was asked for an interview by Andy Fea (a presenter on Beverly FM). If you’ve been following Mama for a long time, you may recall Andy interviewing JW at Tribfest one year (listen to it here). We got hold of a copy of this new interview and of course, you can stream it from our website to listen to it.

Local to Kinross or Scotland?

That’s pretty much it for this news post. If you’re in the Kinross area and you fancy coming down to see the band perform on one night, the other night or both nights, we’d love to see you there. You can get tickets from the Mundell Music website.

If you are NOT in the Kinross area or even in Scotland, might we suggest a weekend away? The Green Hotel is a great place to stay, central for golfers, serves stunning food and has Mama on all weekend to keep everyone entertained. Not to mention, we’ll be staying over ourselves, so you can help us keep the Genesis spirit going through the early hours by joining us in the bar!

Mama Genesis Tribute Show at The Green Hotel, Kinross

So, if you haven’t already signed up for our email newsletter (so we can send you information like you’re reading here) then do so on our Newsletter page. Feel free to leave your comments below, telling us what you thought of the new promo video (it’s a work in progress, so we are looking for cool suggestions). That’s all for now. We hope to see some of you in Kinross.

Phil Collins Reissues Take A Look At Me NowCommences with the November 6th release of extended and remastered versions of Face Value and Both Sides

Phil Collins revisits a career that can boast over 100 million sales and numerous worldwide #1 albums with the new ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ retrospective reissue campaign in which all eight of his albums will be issued as extended and remastered editions. The campaign commences with the November 6th release of his 1981 debut album ‘Face Value’ and 1993’s ‘Both Sides’.

Entirely curated and compiled by Collins himself, his idea for the ‘Take A Look At Me Now’ concept is to examine how his songs have evolved over time, with the majority of the additional content throughout the series focused on live versions of the tracks. By contrasting the original studio versions of the material with later performances, the series demonstrates how Collins’ songs take on a life of their own once they’re freed from the confines of the studio.

The extended versions of the albums will also be completed with carefully selected demos and b-sides.

“I’ve always been quite proud of my demos and have often made them available as B-sides, but with a few exceptions, I have avoided including those on these collections,” says Collins. “Instead, I’ve focused on how nicely the songs developed when played on stage, rather than showing how they originated.”

Each album in the series will be remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis ‘1970-1975’ box set. Davis has also worked on all of the Genesis retrospective reissues.

Phil Collins Both SidesThe remaining six albums of Collins’ solo discography will follow in the coming months. They also feature a bold new artwork concept in which Collins’ has recreated his poses from the original album covers with new photography that was shot in the present day.

Initially released shortly after Collins’ 30th birthday, ‘Face Value’ was propelled to international multi-Platinum status with the help of the smash hit single ‘In The Air Tonight’. Other notable tracks on the album include the follow-up singles ‘I Missed Again’ and ‘If Leaving Me Is Easy’, as well as ‘Behind The Lines’ which was written with Collins’ Genesis colleagues Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford.

1993’s ‘Both Sides’ shares a similarly introspective atmosphere to ‘Face Value’, and features the Top 10 hit ‘Both Sides of the Story’ as well as further singles in the shape of ‘Everyday’ and ‘We Wait And We Wonder’.

The albums in the series will be available on a series of formats. The 2CD digipak and digital versions feature the remastered album and the additional content, and the 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format (single LP for ‘Face Value’ / double LP for ‘Both Sides’) features the remastered album as a stand-alone product. CD and vinyl box sets will also be available which compile both ‘Face Value’ and ‘Both Sides’ together with space to complete the collection as the rest of the series is released.

Further plans that will tie-in with the reissue series will be announced imminently.

Mama to appear at Thornton Little Theatre

The tracklistings are:

‘Face Value’

  1. Original tracklisting, remastered:
  2. In The Air Tonight
  3. This Must Be Love
  4. Behind The Lines
  5. The Roof Is Leaking
  6. Droned
  7. Hand In Hand
  8. I Missed Again
  9. You Know What I Mean
  10. Thunder And Lightning
  11. I’m Not Moving
  12. If Leaving Me Is Easy
  13. Tomorrow Never Knows

Bonus tracks – CD and digital formats only:

  1. Misunderstanding – Live
  2. If Leaving Me Is Easy – Live*
  3. In The Air Tonight – Live*
  4. Behind The Lines – Live*
  5. Roof Is Leaking – Demo*
  6. Hand In Hand – Live*
  7. I Missed Again – Live*
  8. ….And So To F – Live*
  9. This Must Be Love – Live*
  10. Please Don’t Ask – Demo*
  11. Misunderstanding – Demo *
  12. Against All Odds – Demo


‘Both Sides’

Original tracklisting, remastered:

  1. Both Sides Of The Story
  2. Can’t Turn Back The Years
  3. Everyday
  4. I’ve Forgotten Everything
  5. We’re Sons Of Our Fathers
  6. Can’t Find My Way
  7. Survivors
  8. We Fly So Close
  9. There’s A Place For Us
  10. We Wait And We Wonder
  11. Please Come Out Tonight

Bonus tracks – CD and digital only

  1. Take Me With You
  2. Both Sides Of The Story – Live*
  3. Can’t Turn Back The Years – Live*
  4. Survivors – Live*
  5. Everyday – Live*
  6. We Wait And We Wonder – Live*
  7. Can’t Find My Way – Demo*
  8. I’ve Been Trying
  9. Both Sides Of The Story
  10. Hero – Demo


DAVE’S TOUR LOG: Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green

An Evening of Genesis with Mama @ The Village Hall, North FerribyTwo shows coming up after our Summer break!

The first is a new venue near Hull, namely North Ferriby Village Hall where we have been asked to play by a local promoter who saw us at Tribfest last year. Tickets are going well and we are looking forward to seeing some of the folk who supported us at Tribfest over the last three years there. We decided to have a break from Tribfest this year but we will be returning in 2016. See our EventBrite page for tickets.

The second is a welcome return to a great venue on the Flyde coast namely Thornton Little Theatre. We sold the venue out last time and advance ticket sales are up on last year already so please book now to avoid missing out. This is a great venue with a superb atmosphere. Tickets are available on our Thornton EventBrite booking page.

The Brindley Rocks!

Just have to write a few words about the show at The Brindley in Runcorn, which was one of the best venues we have ever appeared at. Great 400 seater which we 3/4 filled. We (and the promoter) were very happy with that for a first time visit. We have already been booked back for two nights in 2016 and one of these will be our new Genesis Hits show. We did preview that show with a version of Sledgehammer which went down a storm. Considering we had only played it once in rehearsal that was quite a result!



People have asked us about the Genesis Hits show so let us clarify what it is and why we doing it. We realised that as we play longer pieces such as the Duke Suite and Home By The Sea, we missed playing some of the shorter songs we used to play. The idea was born to produce a show were we could play a set of more progressive, longer Genesis songs one night and a set of Hits by Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike & The Mechanics the next night. We are going to do this in selected venues in 2016 as well as Kinross this year. Some folk will come both nights and some will pick a night that suits them, which is of course fine.

Also we now have not only a CD on our merchandise stall but some jazzy new T-shirts with an exclusive Genesis design by our very own Mark on guitars.

Dave’s Tour Log Episode 5: TRIBUTE WARS

Episode 5: The Empire Strikes First

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….

Late into the night the hedgehog looked up from the middle of the road to see the pattern of stars in the sky. A roaring sound came from behind it, followed by a woosh as a huge white object flashed across the sky above. It was the last thing the hedgehog saw as it was squashed by the white van. View full article »

Today we decided to create a new product for you. It’s round and flat and it would appear to emit noises when placed carefully in a CD player. We have therefore concluded that this product, is an audio CD.

Five Tracks Live by Mama

On the front, it features our band logo with the name MAMA in big, capital letters. Underneath the logo are some colourful little pictograms that remind us of the British supergroup, Genesis.

Sandwiched between the band logo and those funny little Genesis-esque icons, there are words. The words appear to be a track listing. There are ten items in the list. Strangely though, the story doesn’t end there. You see, the first item in the list is Duke Suite, which isn’t a song. Following Duke Suite, we have Behind The Lines, Duchess, Guide Vocal and Turn It On Again. These are most definitely tracks that the CD contains for your listening pleasure. So it’s fair to say that the first half of the CD contains a list of what looks like five tracks, made up of four tracks, but are actually one big track.

On the second half of the CD, again sandwiched between the Mama logo and the pretty graphics below, lies another list of five tracks. All of these are indeed genuine tracks. But again, we’ve sown the seeds of confusion because two of those songs, namely Many Too Many and Musical Box are performed by Mama as a continuous track. A single track if you like. So the list of five becomes four. The remaining tracks are No Son of Mine, Spectral Mornings and Afterglow.

I hate maths!

This is where it gets extremely confusing. We even had to bring in our resident maths teacher Dave, to help us with our sums. It turns out that our new product can thus be scientifically described in the following way:

((5-1)/4)+(3+(2-1)) = Five Tracks Live

That my friends, is how you make a bunch of CDs you already printed containing nine tracks, into an album called Five Tracks Live! Make no mistake; ALL of these tracks are recorded live, even if we’re not really sure just how many there are!

An Evening of Genesis Music with Mama at The Brindley, RuncornThe next show?

You can of course secure your copy exclusively at a Mama show near you, which brings me to this weekend. Saturday to be precise! We will be performing our show at The Brindley Arts Complex in Runcorn on Saturday 25th July 2015. Tickets are selling very well for this show, but there are some left so be quick and buy them. They’re for sale on the Brindley website or you can call the box office on 0151 907 8360.

Now I really need a lie down. Maths was never my strong subject!