MARCH 13 2020
Kingdom of Madness are delighted to announce that joining the band for its 2020 UK shows is vocalist Tony Martin to perform Classic Magnum from the celebrated 1978-94 era.
Tony obviously needs little introduction to rock fans. As a long serving vocalist of Black Sabbath he toured the world several times over during 1987-97 and recorded five highly acclaimed studio albums plus one live album/video.
Additionally he has maintained an active solo career and collaborated with numerous first division artists including M3 Classic Whitesnake which also featured Magnum’s Mark Stanway and Jimmy Copley alongside the Whitesnake trio of Bernie Marsden, Micky Moody and Neil Murray.
His connection with Magnum goes back further still to his earlier band the Alliance supporting Magnum on its Nov/Dec 1985 UK tour.
“We feel incredibly honoured to have our good friend Tony Martin on board for these dates,” says Mark Stanway. “We are confident our audiences will enjoy hearing Tony’s distinctive vocal style within the context of an evening of classic Magnum songs and from rehearsals to date it has become clear that this promises to be a highly exciting collaboration. Since the inception of Kingdom of Madness in 2018 we have been blessed to have had several top drawer musicians join the nucleus of Micky, Richard, Mo and myself. Working with musicians of such a high calibre requires a certain amount of flexibility, of course, since players of this quality are very much in demand for other projects and so changes are somewhat inevitable from time to time. However, I consider myself truly fortunate to have such a rich pool of talent to draw from, established through friendships forged and maintained over the past five decades in music. While no one can predict the future, what we can assure our audiences of is an ongoing commitment to quality.”
Tony Martin adds: "Thank you for the warm welcome, i’m really looking forward to hanging out with a bunch of loonies in a kingdom of madness! ... Just kidding... Great to be able to help friends out and give another life to some well loved songs. See you all out there".
Kingdom of Madness with Tony Martin appear at:
17 Sept Newcastle, The Cluny
18 Sept Glasgow, Hard Rock Cafe
19 Sept Kinross, Green Hotel
25 Sept London, Under the Bridge
26 Sept Havant, The Spring
27 Sept Milton Keynes, Stables
2 Oct Stoke, Eleven
3 Oct Buckley, Tivoli
4 Oct Sheffield Corporation
10 Oct Swindon, Level III
30 Oct Colchester, Arts Centre
31 Oct Maidenhead, Norden Farm Centre
3 Dec Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre *
4 Dec Bradford, Nightrain *
All shows are now on sale except* for which on sale dates will be announced shortly
MARCH 11 2020
At this point we regrettably have to announce that Chris Ousey is unable to commit to the Sept/Oct 2020 Kingdom of Madness shows. This is Chris’ personal decision. He remains a friend and the door stays open for the future. Needless to say everyone in the band has full respect for the quality of Chris’ performances within KoM to date.
KoM welcomes vocalist Rick Chase (pictured) as a special guest for its Hamburg Indoor Festival show. With a wealth of stage and studio experience within the melodic and classic rock arenas (Mama’s Boys, Graffiti, Rage of Angels, John Coghlan’s Quo, etc), Rick is blessed with considerable vocal range and looks forward to delivering his interpretation of the Classic Magnum material at KoM’s first German appearance. If early rehearsal sessions with Rick are anything to go by, the Hamburg audience is in for a real treat!
There will be a further announcement over the coming days regarding the vocalist position for the UK tour dates. Watch this space for some exciting news...
NOV 25 2019
We are pleased to announce UK tour dates for Autumn 2020:
Sept 17 Newcastle, the Cluny
Sept 18 Glasgow, Hard Rock Cafe
Sept 19 Kinross, Green Hotel
Sept 25 London, Under the Bridge
Sept 26 Havant, The Spring Arts Centre
Sept 27 Milton Keynes, Stables
Oct 2 Stoke, Eleven
Oct 3 Buckley, Tivoli
Oct 4 Sheffield, Corporation
Oct 10 Swindon, Level III
Oct 30 Colchester, Arts Centre
Oct 31 Maidenhead, Norden Farm Arts Centre
(Please check with venues for on-sale dates. Further dates to be confirmed soon)
NOV 18 2019
A massive thank you to everyone who came last night to our Wolverhampton show and making it such a special night. As was blatantly apparent we thoroughly enjoyed the privilege of entertaining you. Huge thanks to Alan Bell who stood in on guitar with us at very short notice - fantastic performance - and many thanks also to the mighty talented Rob Hayes who guested on guitar with us on "Sacred Hour". An altogether brilliant night; heartfelt thanks from Mark, Micky, Richard, Brian, Mo, Chris, Alan & Rob. Thanks to all the staff at the NAC and finally as always thanks to our wonderful KoM team, Gary, Alex, Eddie and Sue.
Until the next time!! Mark
AUG 8 2019
It is with great regret that we have to announce that, for reasons personal to him, Laurence Archer has decided to leave Kingdom of Madness with immediate effect. We would all like to thank Laurence for his musical input into KoM to date and of course wish him the very best for the future. As regards Kingdom of Madness, it is business as usual and we are very much in this for the long haul – all shows announced will go ahead as planned and we look forward to announcing further plans for 2020 soon. As the news of Laurence’s departure only reached us yesterday, we are not yet in a position to announce a replacement, but already exciting discussions are taking place between the members concerning this and we are certain that audiences will find the next stage in the development of KoM exciting musically – stay tuned! As always, we thank you for your support.
JUNE 28 2019
It is with regret that we have to announce Neil Murray’s departure from Kingdom of Madness, to allow him to participate in preparations and performances for a nationwide UK tour of the Queen musical “We Will Rock You”, scheduled to run from September 2019 through to the Summer of 2020 and possibly beyond.
This decision has been made mutually between the band and Neil and everyone involved with Kingdom of Madness would like to thank Neil for his invaluable contribution to the band to date and wish him a successful tour with WWRY. By return Neil expresses that he has enjoyed his time with KoM and wishes the band every success for the future. Neil remains a friend and a member of the extended KoM “family”.
Joining Kingdom of Madness with immediate effect is bassist Brian Badhams. Brian’s association with the various members of Kingdom of Madness dates back to the mid-1970s when he was bassist/vocalist in Rainmaker, which also featured Mark Stanway on keyboards. He also worked alongside Richard Bailey as a member of Bernie Marsden’s Alaska. A world-class musician, Brian has also played with Steve Gibbons, Climax Blues Band, Bev Bevan, Elkie Brooks plus many other top artists covering a wide musical spectrum. Kingdom of Madness would like to extend a warm welcome to Brian and we are certain his addition to the line-up will be stimulating for both the band and its audiences.
This change has regrettably resulted in some unavoidable adjustments to the touring schedule due to logistical issues, with the shows in Newcastle, Glasgow and Kinross originally announced for 3-5 October 2019 being rescheduled for the band's 2020 touring period. Details will be announced shorty and original tickets will remain valid for the revised dates.
FEB 1 2019
We have now updated the store page where you can buy official Kingdom of Madness t-shirts and beanie hats. We can also offer autographed laminated set lists for each of the shows the band has performed to date. These are personally signed by all band members (not copied!) and limited to just ten set lists per show, so hurry while stocks last. The ultimate show souvenir!
JAN 25 2019
Click here to view the first official footage of Kingdom of Madness on stage, performing the rarely performed classic Magnum track "Tall Ships" live at the band's SOLD OUT show at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton on 21st December 2018
NOV 28 2018
All seven members of Kingdom of Madness were interviewed ahead of rehearsals for the upcoming tour dates in their first full band interview, exclusive to this website. You can read the interview here
NOV 23 2018
New 30 minute radio interview with Mark about the upcoming Kingdom of Madness shows. Click here to listen .
SEPT 1 2018
More tour dates and festivals announced for 2019. Check out our tour dates page.
JULY 23 2018
A third Kingdom of Madness show has now been added at Level III, Swindon on December 22nd 2018.
JUNE 26 2018
Kingdom of Madness members Mark Stanway and Richard Bailey talk to Roger Fauske on Hard Rock Hell radio from 1pm UK time today. Listen on www.hardrockhellradio.com
JUNE 23 2018
We are pleased to announce a second Kingdom of Madness show at Sheffield Corporation on December 15th 2018.
MAY 27 2018
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 celebrates 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 perform classic Magnum music with such a prestigious line-up.”
Kingdom of Madness' first confirmed show is at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton on Friday December 21st 2018. Tickets available from: www.newhamptonarts.co.uk