Magnum performing their Road To Eternity Tour at Rock City Nottingham on Monday 5th March 2018.

Images and Review by Kevin Cooper

Touring to promote their 20th album, Lost On The Road To Eternity, English rock band Magnum were at Rock City last night, and they did not disappoint.

With founder members, vocalist Bob Catley and guitarist Tony Clarkin being joined by Al Barrow on bass, drummer Lee Morris and Rick Benton on keyboards, these veteran rockers showed that they can still deliver a class performance.

Opening with crowd pleaser When We Were Younger the band never hit a bum note. Following up with Sacred Blood, Divine Lies, Barrow’s bass line was powerful enough to get the audience rocking. Despite being in his 70th year, Catley showed no signs of slowing down. His vocal power was amazing and his voice has lost none of its edge as he leapt around the stage like a teenager.

Obviously there were new songs to showcase, but with their impressive back catalogue, these were kept to a minimum. There was the title track from the new album together with Peaches And Cream, Show Me Your Hands and Without Love which was a real rocking rumble of bass and drums and had the crowd ignited from the off with its anthemic chorus.

But it was the oldies that stole the show. The slow burning intro into Crazy Old Mothers ramped up the anticipation with Catley taking the crowd on a start of a journey with his emotive lyrics before Morris led the chorus with his thunderous drums. There was the wonderfully evocative Les Mortes Dansant which allowed Benton to shine and a rousing Vigilante. The stage was given over to the band for How Far Jerusalem for an extended solo and All England’s Eyes immediately got everyone jumping around.

Returning for The Spirit with its great guitar intro and the final song of the night, When The World Comes Down, Magnum showed that they are a band who aren’t hanging their boots up any time soon, and long may that be the case.