Gig Report: Magnum at the Trinity Centre, Bristol and The Tramshed, Cardiff - 20th and 21st February 2018
by Rodney Matthews
It was good to run into so many Magnum fans at these two gigs. I was there with mega Magnum fan Andrew Gallagher, who had flown all the way from Canada via Frankfurt, to follow the 'Lost on the Road to Eternity' tour.
Magnum were on great form at both venues, particularly the Cardiff show, and of course, they were displaying the two new band members - Rick Benson on keyboards and Lee Morris on drums. I could not help feeling, and indeed saying to Tony Clarkin after the show, that the new blood has given a fresh lease of life to Magnum, to which Tony agreed, between mouthfuls of his post-performance curry!
Lee was showing off his new drum kit with appropriately decorated images of the Magnum logo as seen on the album art for 'Road to Eternity' and elsewhere. Lee's extra kick drum patterns added to the pleasantly heavy interpretations of the Magnum repertoire, bringing us a new experience of the favourite songs we already know, as well as the ones we did not.
In all, a couple of great gigs, rounded off nicely for me by the sight of the smiling Andrew Gallagher clutching a pile of signed items and a well-worn drumstick as he walked away from the Cardiff venue.