Today we’ve got a website update written by our bass player, Dave. He stepped up with some thoughts on his time with Mama and our recent news about the changes we are making within the band. But first, a quick reminder about our upcoming shows.
On Saturday 3rd September 2016 the band will be performing their 2016 tour show at Thornton Little Theatre in Thornton-Cleveleys. This show always sells well and we have a great time performing Genesis music for you. If you want tickets to the show, be sure to book them online at our EventBrite booking page (with no booking fees!).
If you’re in Scotland, you’re probably aware that we always make it to The Green Hotel in Kinross every year for what has (for us) become a band social event because it involves two shows back to back, far away from home, in a great hotel, with a great crowd of like minded Genesis fans. Needless to say, we think going to Kinross is great! We probably drink too much. We certainly eat too much and it’s impossible to play too much Genesis for you. What more could we want?
This year we are doing two shows on Friday 16th September and Saturday 17th September. Tickets have been on sale for a while and are selling better than usual. So again, if you’re thinking of coming down to one or both nights (two different shows incidentally) then consider booking in advance by heading over to the Mudell Music website.
On with the show…. Here’s Dave:
There are many times in your life when you feel like the New Boy or New Girl. Personally this has happened to me on numerous occasions (Webmaster: What? New Boy? Or New Girl?!?!). When you go to Primary School for the first time and you are tiny, and eleven year olds are giants! When you move to secondary school and you are still small and awkward compared to the sophisticated sixth form. When you move to university and you are wide eyed and naive when it comes to life. When you start your first job and you are asked to go for a long stand or go through an initiation ceremony that simply involves getting covered in water! When you get a promotion and move to a new environment with unwritten rules and protocols.
Yes I have been a New Boy many times. The last one occurred in the summer of 2014 when I officially became the New Boy in Mama. There was no initiation ceremony, no going for a long stand, no weird rules. Neither was there any rehearsal! It was a case of, “learn this DVD and be ready for when we play Blackburn.”
For two years I have been the New Boy, even though I am now the longest serving bass player in Mama’s short lifespan. But now those days are coming to an end. Mark is leaving Mama and like the rest of the band and crew I will miss him. His off-beat sense of humour; his kind, generous approach to life; his temper tantrums with his equipment; his brilliant skillful guitar playing. Everything will be missed.
At the same time we are excited to welcome Darren into the group. Especially me as now I am no longer the New Boy. Darren will inherit that mantle. He will discover how wonderful it is to play this music with the rest of the band. He will enjoy the applause and feedback from our audience who turn up to listen to the music we can’t live without.
Me? I am taking time out to think of a suitable initiation ceremony… Where did I put that hose pipe?