Archive for November, 2013

Last Piece of the Jigsaw…. The 1980 Tour ‘Duke Suite’

Duke Album GenesisBehind 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!

Dukes Travels

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!

John C

What Next?

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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Holiday Over, Next Shows Up!

JW and Steve HackettMama 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:
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, NE1 1SW
 *** this show is early doors (6.30pm) and early start (7.30pm) *** View full article »