Kingdom of Madness – Magnum alumni news and tour

MARK STANWAY – Keyboards (Magnum 1980-2016, Grand Slam)
MICKY BARKER – Drums (Magnum 1985-95)
LAURENCE ARCHER – Guitar (Magnum 1984, Grand Slam, UFO)
CHRIS OUSEY – Lead vocals (Snakecharmer, Heartland)
RICHARD BAILEY – Keyboards / flute (Magnum 1975-80, Whitesnake)
NEIL MURRAY – Bass (Whitesnake, Black Sabbath, Snakecharmer)
MO BIRCH – Backing vocals / percussion (Magnum, Go West, UB40)

Members of MAGNUM’s classic-era line-ups reunite for a celebration of the band’s much-loved back catalogue covering the period 1978-94.

One of the UK’s finest exponents of melodic rock music, Magnum achieved high album and singles chart positions in both the UK and Europe and gained a reputation as one of the hardest-working bands on the touring circuit, delighting audiences with concerts that were always captivating both musically and visually. Highlights of the band’s career include regular sold-out theatre tours including a memorable five nights at London’s legendary Hammersmith Odeon performed during 1988 together with headline appearances at Birmingham NEC and Wembley Arena, as well as appearances at major festivals.

Kingdom of Madness features Mark Stanway, Micky Barker, Richard Bailey, Laurence Archer and Mo Birch – all of whom have toured and / or recorded with Magnum – together with legendary bassist Neil Murray and acclaimed vocalist Chris Ousey – establishing a pedigree line-up of world class musicians. Kingdom of Madness will celebrate the legacy of Magnum’s classic period.

“There is an extensive catalogue of great songs from the classic years of Magnum which have not been performed on stage in many years and which audiences have constantly requested” says Mark Stanway, keyboard player with Magnum for 36 years. “Having said that, I should state that we by no means consider ourselves a Magnum “tribute” – how can it be when five of the members have a shared legacy with the band?  I’m delighted to be working with Richard, Micky, Laurence and Mo again and in Neil and Chris we have two musicians with their own distinct history who will obviously bring their personal musical identity to the project. In addition, with our focus being firmly on the music from the earlier period, we do not perceive ourselves as being in “competition” with the current Magnum. There is more than enough music to keep both bands busy – a fitting testament to the song-writing of Tony Clarkin.  I’m truly looking forward to performing classic Magnum music with such a prestigious line-up.”




Dec 15  Sheffield, Corporation
Dec 21  Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre
Dec 22  Swindon, Level III


Jan 20  Skegness, Rock and Blues Festival
Jan 26   Minehead, Giants of Rock Festival
March 1   Buckley, Tivoli
March 2  York, Fibbers
March 3  Manchester, Academy III
March 7  Newbury, Arlington Arts Centre
March 8  London, ULU Live
July 13  Alfreton, Carnfield Hall, Rock and Bike Festival
August 3rd  Faversham, A New Day Festival

Further dates to be confirmed
All ticket links can be found at

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