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The Return of Dave’s Tour Log!

Dave Jones (bass) at The Met in BuryAll the latest from Dave, our professor of bass!

Hurrah I hear you cry! It’s the return of the Mama Tour Log! Well there has been so much going on I (Dave) thought I would bring you up to date.

We started the year still searching for a replacement for James, on the face of it an impossible task – how do you replace someone who is irreplaceable? But we finally found our man and Tim Rothwell, former drummer with SeYeS, is the chosen one. Following that decision we started rehearsals to get Tim ready for his first concert which is going to be on 1st April – yes we have a sense of humour!

Meanwhile our 2017 ‘Tour’ kicked off with a return to one of our favourite venues, The Forum Theatre in Chester, which was sold out – a great start. Considering all five of us had not been together since November, we played some excellent stuff.

Next up we returned to The Cavern. This was a special show for the band because for John W, John C and James it was their 100th show as Mama. It was a great night with over 300 in the crowd and once again we played really well.

Rehearsals ongoing

Rehearsals with Tim continued and we played our third show at Oswestry, The Lion Quays. Another good show even though John W was struggling slightly with his voice. Yet again the feedback was very positive.

On to Bury and our first show at the rejuvenated Met. Once again we had a big crowd with well over 250 in the audience as we rocked our way through the set. The comments after the show were really pleasing and this was backed up by posts on our Facebook page, along with the usual video clips of our performance.

The audience at The Met in Bury

Which brings us to this weekend and two shows at New Brighton Floral Pavilion. This was our first visit to this venue and these two evenings gave us an opportunity to play both the prog set on the Friday night and the hits set on the Saturday. In addition this was the band’s five year anniversary as back in 2012 Mama played their first show at Pacific Road and now we returned to the Wirral to celebrate (ironically, after Pacific Road was closed down, they moved the house PA system to The Floral Pavilion and this was the very PA system we used again! Fate or what?!).

On Friday, our set up was delayed as each one of us was hindered by considerable traffic problems. In my case it took over 30 minutes to cross the bridge and this was not due to an accident but simply the road works and sheer volume of traffic. Once at the venue we discussed how soon it will be that one accident somewhere will have a knock on effect that grinds to a halt the whole traffic system across the country – we were in a philosophical mood!

James at The Met in Bury

The Sound Check was good so we head off to the dressing room while the crew headed out to the local fish and chips emporium. They returned with stories of how big the fish were!

Burning on stage!

We took to the stage and to be blunt, we were on fire and the audience reaction drove us on. The second half run of Squonk, The Lamb, Musical Box, Home by the Sea, In The Cage and Los Endos had everyone standing on their feet shouting for more. We returned to the stage and the crowd sang a rousing chorus of I Know What I Like and that’s it. The feedback was exceptional as one person after another told us just how good we were. Comments on Facebook were really pleasing and we headed for home with smiles on our faces.

Saturday night and the return of the giant hits set!

And so to Saturday which saw the return of Mark on the guitar. Darren has started to learn the hits set. We have included In The Air Tonight with him at our recent shows but there are a few songs still to conquer and so Mark is back! His return brought the usual question – where is the nearest coffee machine? We sound checked with Don’t Lose My Number and Steam – all is well – it’s like he’s never been away.

The record books show that this line up of Mama – John W, John C, James, Mark and myself have played the majority of the bands shows together over the five years so it is fitting that we were together for this anniversary performance and for James’s last show. We were up for this one and we took to the stage and kicked into Land Of Confusion. The first half was a blur as we drove our way through Big Time, Turn It On Again, Silent Running and Follow You, Follow Me.

Side stage at The Met in Bury

Half time arrived and there is only one story; apparently Mark played the first half with his flies undone! In the dressing room we recounted stories of each member of the band in various incidents involving lack of clothing – I honestly cannot write these up!

Mark wants yet another cup of coffee!

The second half took off with John W and Mark playing a great acoustic version of Another Cup Of Coffee – it went down a storm. The band opened up with Colours and we motored through All I Need Is A Miracle, Easy Lover, Sledgehammer and Invisible Touch. The audience gave us a standing ovation and we returned for an emotional Take Me Home to bring the curtain down on what has been a great weekend. We will miss James but like Mark, he is ready to step in and help us out if we need him.

Our next show will be at Huntingdon Hall (Worcester), a converted church that is haunted – no really! The last time we played there JC’s keyboards packed in mid set, something that had never happened before and has never happened since. Plus we have been told similar things have happened to other bands that have played there. Yes, Tim is really looking forward to his debut. If you are thinking of going then maybe I will be playing my double neck guitar – fingers crossed it is ready to go.

Photo credits to Mark (the guitarist that is). You can find out more about his photo work (his real job) on his website here: www.mkcophotodesign.co.uk

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 »

Busy, busy, busy…. Bring on Kinross!

Mama at The Green Hotel KinrossMama bass player Dave is dying to tell you about the new Nerve Toy Trio album, so we let him loose with a pen and paper and after he drew some weird musical symbols and bowed down before the spirit of Mr. C Squire a couple of times, this is what he penned….

As you know it can be a busy life if you love music. Take the five members of Mama for instance. We are all up to our top C’s in music at the moment!

I sympathize with Darren, who has spent the last few weeks getting up early before work to practice then going to work, coming home, spending time with his family then when they go to bed, it’s back to the guitar for a couple of hours – all to prepare for a Mama concert. But it paid off, because he was sensational when we played at Thornton recently. View full article »

Mama at Thornton Little TheatreThornton-Cleveleys & Kinross

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. View full article »

Seriously, how does Mama do a show?

Mama at The Slade RoomsMama will be performing their 2016 show at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, tomorrow night – Saturday 2nd April 2016!

Just a quick update before our show at The Slade Rooms with the John Hackett Band this Saturday.

Last Saturday we were at the Waterside Arts Centre in Sale with an almost sell out crowd who gave us a standing ovation at the end of the show. Lots of new friends made and the good news is we will be returning in 2017. On that very subject we are working on some great venues for 2017. Several have already confirmed such as The Cavern, The Met in Bury and indeed Huntington Hall. We also have two shows lined up at The Floral Hall in New Brighton. We have a new venue in Gainsborough as we have had a lot of folk asking when we playing near the East coast in 2017.

Looking forward to all the shows this year including a first time visit to The Maltings in Farnham where you will all no doubt remember Genesis used to rehearse back in the “old days”. We are also in talks to bring Mama to mainland Europe with two shows in the planning stages for venues in Holland in early December this year so really looking forward to that.

Someone asked John W recently if it was “cool” being in a Genesis tribute band. “Cool and a lot of hard work!” he replied, which seemed to confuse the person who asked.

“But all you do is trundle up and play isn’t it?”

Clearly they didn’t know how hard we work as Phil Collins himself may have said at sometime, so in an effort to let you know how much work goes into a Mama show, here is what we did for the recent show at Huntington Hall.

Saturday 27th Feb 2016:  11:00 hrs

John W gets Bessie the band van from her den and loads in his equipment. He then checks and fuels the van and waits for Dave J to arrive with his equipment at 12:00. When Dave safely on board the next step is to collect band roadie and all round great guy Dave Broome. Onward to collect James C and load his drums into the van. We all set off around 12:45 and it is a two hour drive to the venue. Meanwhile Mark C has already been on the road for three hours from deepest darkest Norfolk stopping only for a quick snack and a peek at the girlie mags in the service station (that is a joke – actually he is more likely to be looking at photography magazines!). John C and Jan are also en route after loading his car with his keyboards and other equipment and Andrew and Jules won’t be far behind (Behind? Behind JC & Jan? Wash your mouth out Wilkinson! – Andrew). View full article »