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10th December 2016

Photo Credit: Dan Butler

After yesterday's shock news that Mark Stanway had left Magnum mid-tour after 36 years service, all Ireland's eyes were on the British pomp rockers as they hit the stage at Voodoo Lounge in Dublin last night, Friday 9th December 2016.

Speculation was rife over who would replace Stanway in the line-up with James Martin of support band Vega the red hot favourite but Magnum dumbfounded their Irish fans by replacing their long standing keys man with a total outsider.

There were a lot of subdued faces in the crowd before Magnum took to the stage but as soon as the houselights dimmed, the packed Voodoo chanted the band's name as the intro blared out and the four piece Magnum took to the stage and the instantly recognisable 'Soldier Of The Line' turned Stanway's departure into a sideshow for one sacred hour.

The keyboard backing track played an absolute stormer all evening and a partisan and packed Voodoo Lounge seemed to be making a point that their night would not be ruined by the events of just hours ago.

Every song went down really well as this part of Dublin was turned into it's own kingdom of madness and Al Barrow posted the following this morning:

"Thank you so much Dublin. As ever you raised the roof tonight.

"Firstly thanks to Pat McManus and his band for joining us tonight. Always a pleasure to share the stage with them.

"Secondly as Bob announced on stage that Mark was not there tonight... but due to an amazing crew and studio staff we managed to have the complete show with all the keyboard parts for the show.

"It was great to have such a wonderful reception tonight. And for that we thank you for the continued support.

"We are excited and looking forward to the next few shows. A short Xmas break and then back in the studio to carry on recording the new album. Thanks and cheers from the band."

Magnum have two more dates left on their 'Sacred Blood Divine Lies' tour, tonight in Wolverhampton and tomorrow, Sunday, in Edinburgh. Tickets are still available right here.

Whether Mr B Tape gets the gig permanently remains to be seen.

Full review of last night's events in Dublin coming soon...

From yesterday, Friday 9th December 2016


Keyboardist Mark Stanway has made the shock decision to leave British pomp rockers Magnum midway through their current run of UK and Irish dates.

On his Facebook page today Stanway said: "Due to irrevocable circumstances, I am deeply saddened to announce that I have made one of the most difficult decisions in my life... I have officially left Magnum...

"I apologise to anyone who was maybe hoping to see me personally over the next few days, but sadly I will NOT be there. However, I should like it known, that, I am and will remain extremely proud to have been a small part of it all for the past 36 years or so and wish the band and organization all the best for the future. I will of course firmly remain in music and hope to see many of you a little further down the road."

There has been no response from the other members of Magnum except for a succinct message informing fans that tonight's show in Dublin, and the other two remaining shows in Wolverhampton and Edinburgh will still be going ahead as planned.

There is no news as yet who will be performing on the keyboards for the remaining shows, but one possibility is that James Martin of support band Vega could deputise.

Mark Stanway first joined Magnum in 1980 and made his debut performance with the band at the Reading Festival the same year. He first appeared on record with them on 1982s 'Chase The Dragon' and has played on every studio album ever since including their next release 'The Valley Of Tears - The Ballads' which is due to be released on 6th January 2017.


His haunting keyboards have been an integral part of the sound of Magnum.

Stanway made his last appearance with the band at the Cambridge Junction on Wednesday night, 7th December.

There appears to have been a growing rift between the Stanway and the rest of the band members. Most telling is the last couple of photos posted on social media by bassist Al Barrow which feature the entire band of Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin, Harry James and Barrow himself, with Stanway absent, including a photo taken at an Indian Restaurant last night in Dublin.



MetalTalk will be at the Dublin show tonight and will you bring you more news as soon as we have it.

Mark Stanway will be on the road in the summer with the reformed Grand Slam.



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