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  THE PAT McMANUS BAND LIVE REVIEW AND INTERVIEW
Legends Of Rock, Great Yarmouth
7th March 2014


Liz Medhurst

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The Pat McManus Band may have played at the early 5.00pm Friday slot in the V Lounge at the acclaimed Legends Of Rock Festival, but the feeling was pure late Saturday night.

The Professor has been bringing his own brand of joy to crowds since 1980s with The Mamas Boys, and Celtus in the 1990s, and this evening the impeccable band, which is Pat plus bass player Marty McDermott and drummer Paul Faloon, showed us exactly what they do – play super-charged, Metalled-up, Celtic Blues Rock, with extra scoops of exuberance and delight.

The packed V Lounge was treated to a set list which covered a good span of the years – 'Runaway Dreams' from the Mamas Boys along with the evergreen and still on fire 'Needle In The Groove' right through to 'Cold Town' and 'Belfast Boy', the beautiful tribute to fellow Irishman Gary Moore, from the new album, Dark Emerald Highway.

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This showed that the quality of songwriting and performance has in no way diminished, but achieves the rare balance of being simultaneously polished and raw. The stagecraft and responsiveness of the trio is faultless and I enjoyed every minute.

For the encore, Pat introduced a special guest – guitarist Ali Clinton who was celebrating his 18th birthday that very day. Ali has been touring with Uli Jon Roth since the age of sixteen and his talent, confidence and stage presence is that of someone way beyond his years.

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For two tracks, 'Garbage Man' and 'Purple Haze', we were treated to the highest quality of guitar duelling and a huge sense of reassurance that this generation will keep the beacon of Rock and Metal burning.

After the show I caught up with Pat before the band dashed off to Holland to continue the tour.

We caught up briefly last year at the Cambridge Rock Festival (here) and the new album was just in the final stages of completion and it's now out.

"The album is out now and I was quite pleased with the result. Once it's out and mixed, I don't tend to listen to it again, I might wait a couple of years and then listen to it and say "Oh that's not bad!"

Do the songs change quite a bit in the live setting?

"Yes they do. It's funny, it's quite a creative thing in the studio, when I do it my mind goes racing off in all different tangents and the producer has to rein me in a little bit you know, and says things like 'remember that you are a three piece and if you want to play this live you have to be careful”. But we always say we'll find a way round it, and we do, so they do adapt and change.

I'm pleased as we must be doing about six or seven songs from that album so that's quite a lot, and if they cut it live then that's ok."

Well I thought so, you all really did sound amazing up there, it was great to hear a selection from across your catalogue.

"Well that's just what I do, I am a musician, I wouldn't be any good for anything else at this stage in my life! When I'm at home I also teach music three days a week and normally save the weekends for playing in Ireland and then we put the tours together and head off into Europe. I tell the kids I won't be around for five or six weeks and they're cool with that, I set them lots of homework to be getting on with.

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"I play a lot of folk music as well which I also teach when I'm not writing or playing or out on the road and when I get back we have a big concert which I always look forward to as it's totally different, I like the variety."

Do you find that the audiences are different, the English ones, the Irish ones, in Europe?

"No not at all. I love playing in England, I really genuinely do. For me, it's where the music business is, and the people in England know their music. In Ireland it's marvellous as well, in Europe they are still marvellous, but I don't know, it was always an ambition of mine to play in England and to get a good reaction from the people, because some of the greatest bands in the world have come from England. I don't care what anybody says, it was this country that set the benchmark for every other country including America, so for me to get the seal of approval here means more to me than anything else."

You all certainly went down an absolute storm here this evening! There is something special about this festival which is now in its third year. Love and family are two words that I keep overhearing in conversations today.

"Well you could feel that this evening when we were actually playing, and they are very good here in that they allow you to play and be yourself and from our point of view that's great cos we love it. My whole thing is that I write music and play, it's also my hobby.

"When you get that sort of appreciation that we got this evening it makes you more determined to go back and do better."

So tell me about the boy wonder Ali Clinton, you said you'd known him for a while?

"I met his dad when I was playing in a biker festival in Ireland and his dad has a T shirt company called Clinton Enterprises, they do mostly motorbike ranges, and he's a mad blues fiend. He said he had got a young lad and he asked me to give him some tuition, so I've been mentoring Ali since he was 11.

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"I would fly over in between gigs and things to specifically do it and then fly back. People think I'm nuts but when you have such a good kid like that it's worth it. He was so into it and he's developed into such a great great player, and of course he's now playing with Uli Jon Roth, that just goes to show you the measure of the guy as Uli wouldn't have anyone in the band that couldn't really do their thing.

"So for me it was a great seal of approval - yes it worked, that kind of thing. Ali and I have remained friends and I try to steer him as best I can. I don't know everything and he'll probably go off on his own tangent and do his own thing now, but at least I can tell him that I've been up and down the highway a few times and I can tell him the pitfalls, I can do that for him, it's really valuable.

"He's in the midst of doing his first album, so I got him to record in Belfast where I could keep an eye on him and make sure it turned out the way he hoped it would turn out. The four or five completed tracks are absolute crackers."

To me it's such a relief that the mantle is being passed on and this amazing music that we all love so much will continue with the likes of Ali.

"Yes, classic rock is classic for a reason. I come from the whole ethos and tradition that when you teach music you teach it because you love it and you pass it on. So I get guys saying but you're showing them, you're showing them all your tricks, but why not? It's meant to be passed on, it's not meant to be kept and die with the person.

"Yes they will have a different take on it, but that's evolution, it moves on, but their hearts are set so they know where the core of it is coming from originally. So I never have any problems showing anybody or trying to help them the best I can, because it keep the music that I love alive."

I can see the love – you radiate from every pore the absolute love of what you do.

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"I do really love it, it's not a stage persona, it's what I am, it's who I am, and when I get up on stage it's, again it comes from the very folky thing, everybody will get together because we actually like playing the music, if people don't want to listen that's cool, we can actually play in the corner ourselves – we are all grins and smiles and it carries over to what I do, it's the way I grew up playing music, and we try to share it as best we can."

So what's next? Obviously the new album is just out so you are promoting that, do have any longer term plans?

"No. We'll tour it for a while, I've had thoughts of maybe doing an acoustic album as I've never done a real acoustic album so far, so I might come up with something on that front, it just depends, it moves along at different stages, see how it goes."

Well I am thrilled that you are with us, your presence and that of the band has made a lot of people very happy and it's been an honour to be part of it.

"It's a real honour for me and privilege; I consider it an honour to be allowed to get up on stage and play, that's how I see it. When I do it I give 100%, and I'm not coming off stage saying well that could have been better, or not caring. I think when that starts happening to musicians they should pack it in. If they feel like that then go and get a job! If I hear moaning I just think well why are you doing it if it's such a bother to you? I love it and I have no bones about saying it!"

You are a long, long way from getting to that stage thankfully!

"I wouldn't do it! It doesn't matter if the place is full or if there are only ten people there, I would still play the same way, so I can come off and say that I did my best."

Set List:
S before The X
The Riddle
Moonchild
Got The Right
Ready To Rock
Juggernaut
Runaway Dreams
The Messiah Will Come Again
Cold Town
Return of the G Man
Oh Well
Belfast Boy
Needle In The Groove

Garbage Man
Purple Haze

The Pat McManus Band:
Pat McManus - Lead Vocals + Electric and Acoustic Guitars and Violin
Marty McDermott – Bass + Backing Vocals
Paul Faloon - Drums

Online:
www.patmcmanus.co.uk


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dark tranquility DARK TRANQUILLITY ANNOUNCE "UNIFORMITY" EUROPEAN TOUR
No rest for the wicked as the Swedes start their trek in November...

goatwhore GOATWHORE CONFIRMED AS MAIN SUPPORT ON DYING FETUS EUROPEAN TOUR IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER
A full European tour follows the release of the new album 'Constricting Rage Of The Merciless'...

hairy balls presentation 'HAIRY BALLS CHALLENGE' RAISES OVER £5,000 FOR TEENAGE CANCER TRUST
Les-Fest organiser and Achren manager Fede Valls has proudly presented the cheque to Headbangers Balls fundraiser Matt Steed...

ensiferum ENSIFERUM ARE SCHEDULED TO RECORD SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM THIS AUTUMN
The band will get straight back into the studio immediately after the festival season ends...

marc ford EX BLACK CROWES MEMBER MARC FORD TO PLAY INTIMATE ACOUSTIC GIG AT THE BORDERLINE- JULY 22ND
'Holy Ghost' reveals Ford's gift for Americana which will be showcased at this special appearance...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD UNVEIL "LOST WOMAN BLUES LIVE FROM SAN FRANCISCO" VIDEO FROM 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION'
Swagger, verve, grit and polish. "We are Motörhead and we play rock and roll..."

suicide silence SUICIDE SILENCE STREAM THE BAND'S NEW ALBUM 'YOU CAN'T STOP ME' IN FULL ON YOUTUBE
The album marks the debut of new vocalist Eddie Hermida and includes some special guest appearances...

Nightwish TOUCHSTONE RELEASE THEIR FIRST EVER 3DISC DVD WITH LIMITED EDITION SIGNED 'OCEANS' EP
The DVD features previously unreleased footage of Touchstone's full set from 2010's High Voltage Festival, and a behind the scenes documentary...

Nightwish NIGHTWISH REVEAL 'MAKING OF' CLIP FOR THEIR FORTHCOMING ALBUM
The yet to be titled album is starting to take shape and the band discuss all aspects in this new video...

decapitated DECAPITATED REVEAL ALBUM TITLE AND COVER ARTWORK
'Blood Mantra' will be released in September and features artwork by Lukasz Jaszak...

deep purple DEEP PURPLE RELEASE THE PREVIOUSLY UNAVAILABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE 'GRAZ 1975'
The historic find contains over 70 minutes of previously unreleased material...

blues pills BLUES PILLS VOCALIST ELIN LARSSON DISCUSSES THE TRACKS OFF THE BAND'S NEW SELF-TITLED ALBUM
The first album from the colourful retro-rockers is released on 28th July...

linkin park LINKIN PARK ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Fresh from summer festival appearances and the release of 'The Hunting Party' Linkin Park play fifteen dates in Europe...

joe bonamassa JOE BONAMASSA ANNOUNCES 4 NIGHTS AT LONDON'S HAMMERSMITH APOLLO
The shows will feature songs from new album 'Different Shades Of Blue', played live for the very first time in the UK, and a never-before-seen line-up of musicians...

demonic resurrection ONSLAUGHT ANNOUNCE DEMONIC RESURRECTION WILL REPLACE HATRIOT ON UK 'THRASH INVASION' TOUR
India's Demonic Resurrection will join Nightlord and main support Artillery following acclaimed appearances at Les-Fest 3 and Sonisphere...

judas priest JUDAS PRIEST 'REDEEMER OF SOULS' ALBUM LAUNCH PARTIES ANNOUNCED
A chance to hear new tracks from the album ahead of its release on Monday July 14th, plus these exclusive parties will also feature exclusive merchandise giveaways...

acrassicauda ACRASSICAUDA LAUNCH KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN FOR THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL ALBUM
The latest chapter for the Iraq Metal pioneers continues their astonishing story...

black sabbath TONY IOMMI CONFIRMS MetalTalk REPORT THAT HYDE PARK WAS NOT THE LAST EVER BLACK SABBATH GIG
Tony released a video just before Friday's gig thanking fans for their support and he ends it by saying: "See you on the next tour"...

godsmack MULTI-PLATINUM US ROCKERS GODSMACK ANNOUNCE NEW STUDIO ALBUM "1000HP"
The band move into the fast lane for sixth studio album, '1000hp', set for international release via Spinefarm Records on September 1st 2014...

karmaflow 'KARMAFLOW: THE ROCK OPERA VIDEOGAME' IS UNVEILED WITH AN ALL-STAR CAST
This multidisciplinary art project is a must for lovers of gaming and Metal...

hellyeah HELLYEAH TAKES BLOOD FOR BLOOD TO THE TOP OF THE HARD ROCK CHARTS IN NORTH AMERICA
The band will tour Europe in July and August 2014 with six dates in the UK...

steve hackett STEVE HACKETT ANNOUNCES DVD 'GENESIS REVISITED: LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL', WORLD TOUR PLUS EXCLUSIVE VIDEO INTERVIEW
Re-live a seminal chapter of prog rock history live on stage. "It's a feast for eyes, ears and all the senses..."

cannibal corpse CANNIBAL CORPSE TO RELEASE 'A SKELETAL DOMAIN'
The 13th full-length album from the American Death Metal icons is released in September. The extensive tour reaches the UK in October...

electric wizard ELECTRIC WIZARD UNVEIL 'TIME TO DIE' AS TITLE OF FORTHCOMING STUDIO ALBUM
"We had to kill the band so we could be reborn. It was the only way to ensure we could come back even stronger"...

motorhead aftershock MOTÖRHEAD POSTPONE RELEASE OF 'AFTERSHOCK - TOUR EDITION' NOW 4th AUGUST
A production error has put back the release for a month, but it will be worth waiting for...

suicide silence tour SUICIDE SILENCE ANNOUNCE NOVEMBER 2014 UK TOUR
An unmissable opportunity to see the titans of modern Metal. "Come throw your horns up, bang your heads, or mosh your knickers off!! "...

hordes of belial LIPID AND BURNING THE DREAM ADDED TO HORDES OF BELIAL V BILL
The yearly Dundee Metal event continues to strengthen the line up...

snakecharmer SNAKECHARMER ANNOUNCE THREE UK DATES
Six of the UK's most highly-esteemed and experienced rock musicians have joined forces to create Snakecharmer...

manowar MANOWAR ANNOUNCE NEW U.S. TOUR DATES FOR NOVEMBER 2014
Manowarriors have demanded more and further dates have been added. "We can't wait to be back and play for more of our U.S. fans!"...

tygertailz TIGERTAILZ RELEASE NEW VIDEO FOR 'PUNCHED IN THE GUTZ'
The 'Knives' EP is out now and there is an upcoming release of unheard demos for September...

progstravaganza PROG SPHERE INVITES BANDS TO SEND SUBMISSIONS FOR 20TH EDITION OF PROGSTRAVAGANZA COMPILATION SERIES
The call goes out for bands around the world to submit songs for the jubilee edition of the sampler album ...

accept ACCEPT PREMIERE BREATHTAKING VIDEO FOR NEW TRACK 'STAMPEDE'
The stunning locations perfectly showcase the track which is from the band's album 'Blind Rage' out August 18th ..

mr big MR BIG ANNOUNCE ONLY BRITISH ISLES SHOW OF 2014
LA Rockers Mr Big have announced a one off show at London's Koko on Friday 17th October 2014 - their only show on these shores this year...

spike frankie miller SPIKE ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF '100% PURE FRANKIE MILLER' FEATURING RONNIE WOOD, ANDY FRASER, SIMON KIRKE, IAN HUNTER AND MORE
Call it a labour of love. A life's ambition. Or the chance to keep a precious legacy alive. Call it 100% Pure Frankie Miller....

kobra and the lotus KOBRA AND THE LOTUS RELEASE OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR BRAND NEW SINGLE 'SOLDIER'
Explosive hard rockers Kobra And The Lotus have revealed a warsome (get it?!) official video for 'Soldier'...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM AND UK TOUR
Two years and it's finally here, the brand new album - 'Fight The System'...

temperance movement THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The headlining dates will take place in November 2014...

overkill OVERKILL REVEAL NEW TRACK 'ARMORIST' ONLINE
"Our confidence is high for this shoot. From the director's eye to yours/ours, should be a killer!"...

avenged sevenfold AVENGED SEVENFOLD ANNOUNCE 'WAKING THE FALLEN: RESURRECTED' - OUT AUGUST 25TH
The restored breakthrough album includes a DVD & never before heard tracks, demos, and more...

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE ANNOUNCE LONDON SHOW WITH EPICA
Grab your tickets quickly as demand for this double bill will be high...

devildriver DEVILDRIVER PREMIERE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'GUTTED'
Check out the band's latest offering from sixth studio album 'Winter Kills'...

down n outz DOWN 'N' OUTZ ANNOUNCE UK & EIRE TOUR DATES
"It's like Joe and the boys have taken some vintage films and slapped them onto a big, bright Technicolor screen. A great, in-your-face new way to experience some of Mott's finest songs!"...

nuclear assault NUCLEAR ASSAULT TO RELEASE 'LIVE AT CBGB'S'
There will be a limited release of 500 picture discs capturing the old school thrashers back in 1986...

seether SEETHER REVEAL NEW TRACK, 'SUFFER IT ALL' AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD WITH 'ISOLATE AND MEDICATE' PRE-ORDER
The band have also announced UK Headline Shows for November...

gravedigger GRAVE DIGGER PREMIERE 'HELL FUNERAL' VIDEO
The track is from 'Return Of The Reaper', out July 14th...

voodoo six VOODOO SIX SET TO GUEST WITH THE WINERY DOGS ON TWO UK DATES IN JULY
These performances follow their Sonisphere appearance on Saturday July 5th...

orphaned land METAL MUSIC IS BIGGER THAN WHAT POLITICS CAN OFFER: ORPHANED LAND BRING ISRAEL AND PALESTINE TOGETHER
"We are the ambassadors of peace, more than our foreign ministry, or prime minister, or authors..."

madball MADBALL REVEAL OFFICIAL VIDEO FOR 'BORN STRONG' FEATURING CANDACE PUOPOLO FROM WALLS OF JERICHO
The track is taken from the album 'Hardcore Lives', released June 30th...

metallica METALLICA RELEASE NEW SONG
'Lords of Summer - First Pass Version' gets official release after being premiered on the first night of the current tour...

ted nugent kamp "TED NUGENT KAMP FOR KIDS" CELEBRATES 25TH ANNUAL SUMMER "KAMP"
When he's not being a guitar icon, Ted Nugent is on a mission to improve young lives. New album 'Shutup&Jam!' is out July 8...

massive wagons MASSIVE WAGONS RELEASE SINGLE AND NEW VIDEO 'RED DRESS'
The video incudes circus performances from the girls at Monster Cirque in the first release from the album 'Fight The System'...

black state highway THE DEBUT ALBUM FROM BLACK STATE HIGHWAY IS OUT ON 18TH AUGUST
The highly anticipated release is packed full of heavy riff-based rock...

helmet HELMET ANNOUNCE 'BETTY' 20TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR OF EUROPE FOR AUTUMN 2014
UK dates in Glasgow, Manchester, London now added due to popular demand ...

wacken LIVE AT WACKEN 2013 TO BE RELEASED AS DVD/ BluRay / 2 CD
Experience the world's biggest Metal Festival at home and be in with a chance to win a Lifetime Membership...

uncle rust UNCLE RUST ANNOUNCE AUGUST UK TOUR
The recently formed London based rock/Metal band will undertake a set of UK dates in August 2014...

blitzkreig BLITZKRIEG ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR SEPTEMBER 2014
The band will visit five countries on their only tour this year...

sonisphere LATE NIGHT ENTERTAINMENT AT SONISPHERE ANNOUNCED
Only two weeks away - get ready to continue the party after the headliners leave the stage...

finntroll FINNTROLL REVEAL LIVE FOOTAGE OF SEMINAL TRACK 'TROLLHAMMAREN', FILMED AT THEIR LIVE ALBUM RECORDING SHOW IN AMSTERDAM
"Lock up your daughters, kegs of rum and men of God, for The Trolls from Up North are coming for you...live!..."

dragonforce DRAGONFORCE REVEAL NEW VIDEO 'THE GAME' (FEAT. MATT HEAFY OF TRIVIUM)
The track is taken from the album 'Maximum Overload', which will be released in August...

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