THE SPIRIT LIVES ON
Since 1972, Tony Clarkin (guitar, songwriting) and Bob Catley (vocals) have been on the road together, carrying wonderfully epic and melodic rock songs out into the world with their band Magnum. The congenial duo will release "The Serpent Rings", another fantastic band album, in January 2020, which will be presented to the fans on a big European tour in spring. At Z7, the new songs, alternating with numerous classics, will provide the incomparable Magnum live spirit that has been the fascination of this band for almost five decades.
Magnum guitarist Tony Clarkin is a man who never tires of turning his creativity into high-quality music. The 72-year-old is not only responsible for composing the band's entire song catalog, but he also produces their albums - from the first demo to the final mix. "As soon as an album is finished, I start collecting new ideas," the musician explains. "That's the way I've been working since the early seventies, because for me that's the best way." With the latest work "The Serpent Rings" (release: January 17, 2020), Clarkin with his longtime musical partner Bob Catley, once again proves how perfectly this system works. Magnum have recorded eleven new songs that contain all the usual strengths and also meet the band's ambitions to go in a rockier direction. "Thanks to our current record label, we enjoy full artistic freedom," Clarkin enthuses. "SPV understands how important this is to us. We have not always been in such a fortunate position."
In the 1980s, the label the band was signed to at the time wanted the band to sound as poppy as possible. "They were hoping for even better album sales by doing that. I hated that. Despite the success we were having," Clarkin recalls. The new work "The Serpent Rings" presents Magnum as the musicians themselves like it: rocking and melodic at the same time, straightforward, but also a little playful, powerful as well as sensitive with magical lyrics, but also sometimes socially critical. The album was recorded in the line-up with Clarkin and Catley, keyboardist Rick Benton, drummer Lee Morris, as well as newcomer Dennis Ward (Pink Cream 69, Place Vendome, Unisonic, among others), who replaces Al Barrow on bass. "Unfortunately, Al had to leave the band because he didn't have enough time. He lives in the U.S., which always led to organizational problems," Clarkin explains the background of the lineup change. "Tobias Sammet from Avantasia recommended the perfect replacement in Dennis, who is a great musician and singer. His contribution to The Serpent Rings exceeded our wildest expectations. We are very much looking forward to going on tour with him." Magnum's big European tour kicks off in March and Clarkin promises, "The set list will include four or five songs from 'The Serpent Rings' along with many classics."
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