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TWR Online Reviews Mama Launch Show!

TWR Online logoThis review of the Mama launch show appeared in issue #79 of The Waiting Room Online yesterday. Many Too Many thanks to TWR Online and to Alan Hewitt for allowing us to reproduce it here, in full. When you’ve read it, head over to TWR Online to see the pictures. There’s a fair few!

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“Genesis Reinvented” – The debut gig by Mama at the Pacific Road Arts Centre Birkenhead 23rd March 2012. Review and photographs by Alan Hewitt.

Many of our readers were probably like me, mourning the loss of Face Value who called it a day at the end of last year. Fortunately, a new band, phoenix-like has arisen from the ashes of that band and I had the pleasure of taking in their last day of rehearsal and very first gig at the soon to be closing, Pacific Road Arts Centre one of the North West’s finest concert venues.

The rehearsal gave me every confidence that here was another band which the fans would love and one which was prepared to expand the envelope in some surprising ways! Arriving at the venue in time to catch the tail end of the sound check, the band sounded remarkably composed although they admitted in the intervening time before the show commenced to some understandable first night nerves.

These didn’t show as the band took to the stage and opened the show with the medley of or as Phil used to introduce it “pieces from our album called Duke” which incorporated Duke’s Travels/Duke’s End leading into a thunderous version of Turn It On Again, which got the crowd suitably warmed up. One thing was noticeable from the get go, the addition of new boy Mark “The Beast Of Bengal” Conroy on bass and the phenomenal drumming of James Cooper whom some of you may remember from the short-lived Moonlit Nite band, has turned an already remarkable musical unit into a fully fledged band. View full article »

New Video Release – Squonk at Pacific Road!

Mama at Pacific Road Arts Centre, 23rd March 2012 – Squonk

We will keep the words to a minimum here, save only to remind you to get your tickets for the upcoming Mama show at Bolton Albert Halls, Friday 4th May 2012. It’s going to be a scorching show!

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On the 23rd March, Mama performed their first ever show. We’d like to share a great review from the Congleton Chronical with you.

“Tribute bands come and go, and indeed the whole tribute scene seems to be slowing down, but those paying homage to the big prog bands still seem to draw the crowds. Maybe it’s because of the general inactivity of the real thing, and indeed, Genesis remain a sleeping dinosaur. We 50 year-old men live in hope but in the meantime, “Mama” are a very acceptable alternative on a Friday night. In Birkenhead.

Rising like a phoenix from the ashes of the now defunct “Face Value”, one of the most successful and long-lasting Genesis tributes, this was their very first show, and the next to last concert to be held at the Pacific Arts Centre, a fantastic 800-capacity venue in Beirut Birkenhead. It’s council-owned, hence why it’s shutting. The last show, the night after, was by a Rush tribute, so my first paragraph refers.

Tonight’s gig was a treat for Genesis fans of all eras, and indeed, that’s part of the bands marketing, and even a Gabriel number and Steve Hackett instrumental were thrown in for good measure, the latter rather more successful and actually a highlight of the setlist, along with “Mama” itself, opening the second half, “Domino” (closing the first), and a jolly fine stab at the “In the cage” medley, including the “Cinema show” section that invariably sets my spine vibrating.

Similarly, the closing section of “The musical box” was awesome, and would carry even more impact if segued onto something else, as Genesis themselves often did. Indeed, as the band grows in confidence, its own, unique medley arrangement should not be a task beyond their undoubted talents. Despite some first-night nerves, the musicianship was first-class, as it has to be not only to be anything like a “tribute” to the original masterclass act, but also to satisfy those sad 50-yearold blokes I mentioned, like me, who know every note and make mental notes of any missed.

A particular nod of respect to the drummer who was as relaxed as Phil himself and added his own personality as well as paying respect to the original arrangement. Class. These boys will only get better — and bigger — and the first gigs already include an ambitious date at the Albert Halls in Bolton, but rather closer (and cosier) is the Box in Crewe on Saturday, 19th May. Treat yourself.”

Thanks to Andy Banks / Congleton Chronical for allowing us to reproduce their review in its entirety.

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Pacific Road – Turn It On Again!

Mama performed their 2012 Genesis tribute show at Pacific Road last weekend!

In case you missed it, here’s the first of many videos we have of the evening:

Scan Computers websiteIn association with Scan Computers, you can catch Mama performing the same show at The Railway in Bromley Cross, this Saturday – 31st march 2012. Get there early because this is a smaller venue and it’s going to be ram jam full of Genesis fans!

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Mama Launch Weekend – Thanks all!

John W - Pacific Road Mama Launch GigEvening all!  (as JW would say)  🙂

As the Mama launch weeked draws to a close, we’d like to pass our thanks on to everyone who came to see our shows at Pacific Road Arts Centre in Birkenhead and Stoney Stanton Social Club in, er, Stoney Stanton! We really cannot tell you how much it means to the band to have two amazing crowds, having never played a gig before as a band. The atmosphere you lot created was truly electric!

Also, we’d like to thanks Steve & Neil from Moonshooter who promoted the Pacific Road gig and Jim and his team at Stoney Stanton who pulled an amazing attendance out of the hat. Don’t forget to keep your eye on the Ultimate Set List Live and Stoney Stanton Social Club websites for some great live events happening in your area.

The Mama Facebook page has been buzzing with feedback from lots of people and we’ve received countless emails telling us what a great time everyone had watching the band. Here’s a selection of your feedback:


“Great gig last night at Stoney Stanton – you rocked it guys!xx”

Liz (Facebook)

“Just want to congrtatulate you on a fantastic show last night in Birkenhead. You are up there with the best of them now. Loved the suprises and can’t wait to watch you again. Well done lads.”

Geoff (Facebook)

Mark - Pacific Road Launch Gig“Absolutely fantastic show tonight lads BRILLIANT !! You have obviously put a lot of hard work in because the show was FLAWLESS. The bigger venue suited your sound I thought too …..looking forward to seeing you again.”

Ste (Facebook)

“Mama, The All Era Genesis Tribute Band Review.

From the smoldering embers of Face Value, one of the best ever Genesis tribute bands has emerged.

There are no gimmicks, costumes or masks just 5 talented musicians doing what they do best….entertaining their fans.

The backbone of the band needs no introduction. John W, the authentic lead vocalist who sounds more like Phil Collins everyday, Chris O, whose guitar solos make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end and the modest John C on keyboards who at times appears embarrassed to be gifted with such ability.

“And then there were 3” are joined by James, the young enthusiastic acoustic drummer who was clearly loving every second of the performance and Mark on Bass who has added a new dimension to the sound.

The “Mama” family also consists of new professional sound man, Andrew, lighting by way of the always reliable Kev and backup from Dave. Then, of course, are the devoted and loyal fans that will travel all over the country to share in the “Mama” experience.

Yesterday was their first gig in Birkenhead after months of rehearsals to integrate the new members and to learn new songs. The hard work has paid dividends with a slick show that swiftly moved from one song to another seamlessly and during the performance each band member had the opportunity to perform individually to great effect. It is unlikely that Genesis will ever reform but if they have the opportunity to see this band perform they will realise their legacy is in safe hands.

Enjoy Stoney Stanton and beyond.”

Keith (Facebook)

Chris - Pacific Road Launch Gig“Absolutely fantastic gig last night i will be seeing you again in may at the box in crewe!!”

Mark (Facebook)

“Well at least I can say ‘I was there!!’ Great great show from start to finish, sung every word of every song and had a fabulous time. You name a Genesis Live song in your dream set andf it was done! Great show boys, great sound, what a treat for those going tonight. Almost 3 hours I don’t know how you did it for a first time all that singing John.”

Jim (Facebook)

“I can’t hear anything in my monitors except someones mobile phone chirping away!”

JW (Stoney Stanton)

“Mama awesome gig. hope me and my mate jumping around like prats didn’t ruin it!”

WraggTrade (Twitter)


“Mama were excellent last night – pretty good for a debut gig!”

Rachel (Twitter)

James - Pacific Road Launch Gig“Thanks for a brill gig last night, sorry I couldn’t stick around after to say hello…”

Jeff (Twitter)

“Just wanted to thank the band for a great night at Pacific Road last night. Hope to see you again sometime soon ;^)”

Dave (Twitter)


Mama - Pacific Road Arts Centre - Launch Gig 2012

Don’t forget, you can see lots of pictures of both gigs just as fast as we can upload them to Facebook, on the Mama Facebook page. Also, there will be some video clips coming soon because we had a static camera running for most of both gigs.

We hope to see you at a Mama gig soon.  🙂

JW, JCTB, Mark, James & Chris
Kev, Andrew, Jan, Broomy & Jules