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Interview with James (drums)

Mama at Playhouse 2 ShawSummer break is coming to a close and Mama has two upcoming shows, preceded by a lengthy interview with James, on the drums!

We’ve had a long Summer break – the longest break we’ve ever had in fact (I think). Okay, it’s killing us! We just can’t wait to get back on the road and play some more Genesis for you. But first, we will be holding a few rehearsals to polish the set list. In the meantime, we finally got chance to sit down with our drummer extraordinaire and quiz him about this whole Genesis / Mama thing he has going on. We swears he knows every note from every song on every tour that Genesis ever did, along with every Phil Collins interview, word for word!

Before we get to the interview, here’s the next two show dates for your diary:

  • 25th June 2016 – Playhouse 2, Shaw (near Oldham)
  • 8th July 2016 – The Brindley Arts Centre, Runcorn (not near Oldham)

And now, the interview….

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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
www.playhouse2.org
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: www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
www.o2academynewcastle.co.uk
O2 Academy Newcastle, Westgate Road, NE1 1SW
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Interview with John W (Vocals)

Mama, the UK’s ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band is delighted to share this interview with our fans and fellow Genesis fans!

Note: Previously available on our Exclusive Content page!

Here is our interview with John Wilkinson, vocalist with Mama of course. We managed to grab him just before he went on stage.

John W - Pacific Road Mama Launch GigMama Website: Hi JW and thanks for agreeing to be interviewed. All okay in JW world?

John Wilkinson: Yeah fine thanks.

MW: So, what made you decide to start a Genesis tribute band?

JW: Well most people will know that John Comish and I were in a very successful Phil Collins and Genesis tribute band called Face Value. When that came to an end we decided to carry on with the Genesis songs but give this new band a more Genesis all era feel. We wanted to move away from the Phil solo material, although we still play In The Air Tonight. We then started rehearsals with James Cooper our drummer and a guitarist and bassist, Chris and Mark, and for the first few gigs that was the line up. Mark Comish, who is John’s brother joined soon after Chris decided to leave the band in June 2012 and we got Dave Perry our bassist in April this year.

MW: I take it you all get on well with each other then?

JW: Yeah I think now we have a line up which I am hopeful will last years. We are all united in trying to make Mama the best Genesis tribute band it can be. Nice to have that sense of team spirit in any band.

MW: So you can see Mama carrying on for years then?

JW: Yeah hope we can last at least as long as Face Value did as we all really love doing this. My enthusiasm for singing Genesis songs will never diminish so I can see myself doing this for as long as I am able to.

MW: What is your favourite song to play live?

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Ripples – Recorded LIVE at Playhouse 2, Shaw!

Mama, the Genesis tribute band, release a new video – Ripples, recorded at Playhouse 2 in Shaw!

Mama, the UKs ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band recently performed their 2012 show at Playhouse 2 in Shaw, near Oldham. The gig pulled a great audience (sold out in fact) and the band had a fine time entertaining everyone.

We’d like to share a video with you, from that performance. Here’s Ripples:
 

 
So, if you enjoyed the video how about coming to see the band in Bolton this Saturday (24th November 2012)? The show will be taking place at Bolton Ukraine Club on Castle Street. We will be raising money for our injured troops – Help For Heroes! All donations welcome and of course, we’d love to see you all come down and enjoy some Genesis with us.

You can buy tickets for this show on the EventBrite website.

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Mama, the UKs ‘all era’ Genesis tribute band would like to announce several new shows for 2013.

Quick shout out for this Friday night (2nd November 2012); you can still buy tickets for our Skipton show! Get them on this very website in fact! Click here.

Saturday 9th February 2013 we will be returning to the venue of our second ever gig at Stoney Stanton Social Club, Stoney Stanton. Those who remember our first trip to this venue will tell you we had a great audience and hence a great gig! It might not be so sunny this time around though!

You can contact the venue for tickets on 01455 272 492 or visit the Stoney Stanton Social Club website.

Friday 1st March 2013 sees Mama performing at the world famous Cavern Club, Liverpool. I’m sure The Cavern needs no introduction, being the spiritual home of The Beatles. This gig should prove to be a rocking night! You can contact The Cavern box office on 0151 236 9091. Their website is www.cavernclub.org.

Genesis Tribute Band Mama to Play Cavern

Saturday 16th March 2013 we’ve put a show in Yardbirds Rock Club. After Tribfest 2012 we had a lot of interest in the Hull and Grimsby area so we felt it only fair to try and find a venue over that way. This will be the first time Mama have performed in this venue so we are hoping for a good turnout. Tickets are available from Yardbirds Rock Club on 07771 520 374. Alternatively, they sell tickets from a number of other places which are detailed on their website; www.yardbirdsrocks.co.uk.

A special thanks must go out to everyone who attended our Playhouse 2 sellout show in Shaw. Thanks everyone for coming down and helping us celebrate the music of Genesis. Here’s some video footage of the band performing Spectral Mornings at this venue and if you haven’t already gone out and bought Steve Hackett’s new album, Genesis Revisited II, why not? It’s a great album and we highly recommend it! Buy it now!

Hope you enjoy the video. Why not let us know what you think of it on our forum?