Archive for October, 2013

Peter Gabriel - Live at Phones 4 U Arena, ManchesterPeter 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).

Peter Gabriel, live at MEN Arena / Phones 4 U Arena, ManchesterHouse 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 »

Genesis Christmas Party with MamaMama, 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.

Mama are filming this show

 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:

Eventbrite - Mama - Genesis Tribute Band


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.