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Let us tell you about our friend Dale Bellis

Dale was a passionate Genesis and Liverpool Football Club supporter who sadly passed away on the 2nd May 2017 after months bravely battling a brain tumor. He leaves behind a family which includes his wife Gill. Our thoughts are with her at this sad time.

From Face Value…

John W first met Dale at a Face Value gig not long after the 2001 Genesis fan convention. His first words to John W were, “you were sh1t at Guildford, so you better be worth it now!” and then he gave John that grin. That infectious Dale grin that made you instantly know he was taking the pi$$. He became a regular at FV shows, always singing his heart out and always encouraging the band to new heights with his enthusiastic shouts of “Stagnation” or “In The Bloody Cage” – two songs he knew we didn’t play. But that was Dale for you. Always joking, always trying to bring out the best in folk.

He soon became a friend and was a supporter of not only Mama, but also ReGenesis, G2 and Stillmarillion. He had a zero tolerance of the petty stuff that went on sometimes but always concentrated on the music first and foremost. As he used to say, “None of you own this music so don’t get all defensive about it!” When Face Value played their last show at The Box in Crewe, John W and John C played an impromptu version of Fading Lights for him as he had just lost his mother at that time. We remember him bursting into the dressing room after that final show and hugging us all.

…To Mama

When Mama started he was delighted that John W wasn’t ready to hang up his microphone and John C his keyboards and of course became a regular at Mama shows. We knew when we had done well when he told us (frequently I may add), “That was the best performance of any tribute band I have ever seen… At this venue… Tonight!”

He was present at the Mama Christmas party in 2015 and had us all in stitches with his “2015 Mama Band Awards.” Yes he printed out actual awards in envelopes just like the Oscars. Categories ranged from,”best vocal by a tribute band singer in St Helens on Friday 2nd October 2015,” to, “smelliest fart in the band van,” and “best late night take away after the show.” As I wrote, we laughed a LOT that night. He even coined that phrase, “Cooperman,” for our drummer James and that stuck.

He was more than just a guy that came to shows and said we were amazing. He became a great friend to the whole band and we will miss him more than we can say.

When he was diagnosed with his tumor we were all shocked. Dale naturally attacked it with humor, even giving it a name – Brian Chewmore. The first show he came to after this was at Shaw and of course was his usual positive, taking the pi$$ self, except when I had to sing Afterglow and we both broke down. We also learned Your Own Special Way just for him and he loved it.

We were honored to be asked to play at his wedding to Gill and we even got him up to sing Follow You Follow Me. I think he was terrified but he got through it, with a bit of prompting. He will be missed by everyone who knew him and we are certain that from now on at every show Mama play, he will be watching over us from the best seat in the house, telling us, “that was the best performance of any tribute band I have ever seen, at this venue, tonight!”

Sleep well matey.

Did you know Dale? Feel free to post your tribute below.

Mama Genesis at The Floral Pavilion New BrightonMama will be performing two nights at The Floral Pavilion this weekend – Friday 3rd & Saturday 4th March 2017!

The weekend draws near… Two shows beckon… A new venue for Mama… The start of the next five years of the bands history…

Then JW stepped in and wrote a new post for us to publish right here, right now. So all that deep and meaningful stuff we had lined up to publish got thrown out of the proverbial window and left in the slush that currently adorns the grass in the front garden. Ooops!

Take it away JW!

Five years. 1,825 days. 43,800 hours. 2,628,000 minutes. 31,536,000 seconds. In other words, a LONG time!

We started planning this band back in 2011 and our first show was on the Wirral at Pacific Road on 30th March 2012. Over 100 shows later we return to the Wirral for two nights of Genesis and solo songs at The Blue Room, Floral Pavilion, New Brighton this Friday and Saturday. The emphasis on Friday is on Genesis songs with the whole of the “Duke Suite” being performed. Saturday sees us concentrating on Genesis hits and solo hits from Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel and Mike & The Mechanics. View full article »

The Roundhouse, Bolton. Sat 3rd Dec 2016!

Mama at The Roundhouse in Bolton Saturday 3rd December 2016OUR SHOW ON SATURDAY 3RD DEC 2016 (THE ROUNDHOUSE, BOLTON) HAS NOW BEEN MOVED TO FEB 2017 DUE TO CIRCUMSTANCES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. REFUNDS ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE VENUE. WE WOULD LIKE TO APOLOGISE TO EVERYONE WHO HAS TICKETS FOR THIS SHOW AND ALSO TO THE VENUE.

Mama to perform their official Christmas show at The Roundhouse in Bolton, Saturday 3rd December 2016. Tickets on sale now!

We come to the final show of 2016 and yes, it’s our official Christmas party! What’s not to like? Saturday 3rd December 2016 will see us performing at The Roundhouse in Bolton, probably wearing Santa hats. If you like your Genesis, there will be no better place to be on this night!

Want tickets? Call the Roundhouse box office right now on 01204 528 323. View full article »

The Maltings, Farnham – Sat 12th Nov 2016

Mama at The Maltings, FarnhamMama to perform their 2016 tour show at The Maltings, Farnham. Plus, a lineup change and some new video from our recent show in Solihull!

Howdo fellow Genesis fanatics! We’ve got a lot to get through today, so let’s get straight in there…. First up, our next show!

You can catch the band a little more South than usual on Saturday 12th November 2016 at The Maltings in Farnham. This show has been on sale for quite a while and tickets are now starting to move quicker, so if you’re coming down, get them in advance.

You can buy tickets for the show from The Maltings website.

James calls time on his Mama duties

It’s sad we know, but James has taken the decision to spend more time with his family and working in his new job, so he’s informed us that he would like us to find a new drummer for the band. We’d like to thank James for his incredible commitment to the band, right from the word go (actually, he committed before Mama was even written down on paper in fact). James will continue to perform with the band until his final show in 2017 at The Cavern. We hope many of you will be joining us at this historic venue to say goodbye and wish him well for the future. View full article »

Mama to perform two unique shows at The Citadel in St. Helens, this coming weekend!

It’s been a busy few weeks, driving up and down motorways to perform shows in Kinross followed by Newcastle. Time for a local show we say! But, not just one local show. This time, we are bringing both our Genesis set and our hits set featuring the works of Collins, Gabriel, Mike & The Mechanics (and maybe a Hackett number), to St. Helens.

So, if you want tickets for either of these shows, grab them while they’re still on sale (because you can’t grab them when they’re no longer on sale can you?). Don’t wait until Monday. Monday is too late, mostly because the shows are on Friday and Saturday nights!

So, here’s everything you need:

Friday 7th October 2016 – Mama – Genesis set – The Citadel, St. Helens

Saturday 8th October 2016 – Mama – Collins, Gabriel, Mechanical Mike set – The Citadel, St. Helens

And with that little bit of news out there on the information superhighway, we’ve got a couple of videos to share with you. View full article »