OCT 23 2019
We can now announce that joining us on guitar for our upcoming Wolverhampton Newhampton Arts Centre show on 16 November is Rik Sandford.
Rik is a versatile guitarist who has straddled the fusion and hard rock spheres across a lengthy and distinguished career as a performer, session player and instructor. Rik’s most recent UK recordings include the albums ‘Believe’ and ‘Back To The Start’ with Rebecca Downes (winner of best Female vocalists 2016 at the British Blues Awards). Previously Rik, a former student of the Musician’s Institute, California, had toured and recorded with numerous rock bands including Slenderthread, Izzy The Push, The Starfighters and UFO and has worked with members of AC/DC, Climax Blues Band, The Albion Band, The Charlatans amongst many others. Rik’s work as a session guitarist has seen him record for several studios and broadcasting companies in Europe and the UK. His guitar is heard on numerous idents, adverts, and theme tunes on TV.
We wish to thank Rik sincerely for the sterling work he has put in over the past few weeks, stepping in to learn the set and rehearse with the band – please join us in wishing him well. Everything is sounding great in rehearsals and we promise you a first class evening of Classic Magnum in Wolverhampton, with some surprises up our sleeves as well.
We look forward to seeing you in Wolves on 16th November – last few tickets available here!
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