Magnum bringing Rock to a Progressive Tramshed Cardiff
The “Divine” Lies Tour rolls into Cardiff tonight as Magnum is in the City. Before the main act tonight at the Tramshed the rapidly filling venue, full of excited delight at the delicious prospect of a Magnum gig, were treated to Vega. This rock quintet, including twins Tom and James Martin on Bass and Keyboards got the night off to a fine start. Dan Chantrey powered up the rock with drumming that pounded across the venue, Marcus Thurston’s guitar work adding layers of chords and up front charismatic Nick Workman pulling the Vega sound together. The band were warming up the Tramshed with rock that flowed with a sound that kept to the structure and shape that worked. The set list was from current and previous albums. With their latest album Who We Are released on the 13th it was good to hear the new music live. Opening with a hefty number from the new album Explode, yes Vega are exploding with energy lifting the venue with live music. Every track pleased and closing with Saving Grace the band was so much more and they know how to entertain. This is warm up band that knows how to excite and get the venue hot so the audience is ready to hear more rock on a Thursday in Cardiff.
With a short break the main event Magnum – Prog rock with a hard rock attitude – has landed in the building. The lights are dim the band arrives on stage and then with a flash of light the white denim suited Bob Catley takes to the stage. The cheers are momentous with a raising of Bob’s arms the cheering reaches a crescendo before a note has been played. With the opening over and all present and correct on stage it was time to get down to Magnum business.
The 2016 tour “Divine Lies” celebrating their 19th studio album and interspersed between much-loved numbers were four tracks. The addition of new material freshens the set whilst keeping the favourites firmly in place. The concert started with a wow with Soldier Of The Line followed by the classic On a Storyteller’s Night. The night was warming up with the sound of live music, clapping and the audience joyfully joining in on the words they love. The narratives are strong on every number and the harmonizing, and playful interaction between the musicians made the show full of fun and energy and the immense power of music. The new tracks including the album title Sacred Blood “Divine” Lies slotted into the set it was still classic Magnum. The chorus of Crazy Old Mother will very soon be sung back to Bob Catley. The guitar breaks lacked meanness and the keys were just a little bit too confirming for a Prog Rock concert. Magnum though delighted the fans with hard rock with a progressive edge. Magnum Hard Rock or Progressive rock who cares it is brilliant rock every time. Once again Tramshed was the scene of another memorable gig in Cardiff.