It's not that often that UK hardrockers Magnum are visiting the Randstad area in Holland. Normally the guys stop more often in the (South-) Eastern parts of The Netherlands, but this time, being on their way from Germany to the UK, Bob Catley, Tony Clarkin and band made a stop at the Cultuurpodium De Boederij in Zoetermeer. Knowing all this, I assumed a venue being pretty much packed since Magnum fans must have been thirsty for seeing the band live on stage. This wasn't the case.
When I arrived at the venue I was already surprised about the parking situation with quite some available spots, something that continue being inside the venue. A few people here and there, but the room being far away from really packed. In expectation of a support band I thought that the situation might change. But there was no support band. Magnum started there great show at 20:30 and fortunately a few more hardrock enthusiasts found their way to De Boerderij so that at least half of the venue was filled. Magnum has deserved far more.
However, everybody who decided to join this show could feel very happy having taken this decision. Magnum is amazing and the 100 minutes show was a pure hardrock pleasure.
It must be hard for the guys to decide on the setlist since they have so many good songs in petto. "How Far Jersualem", "All England's Eyes", "The Spirit",... all excellent melodic hardrock songs that are a treat for each fan. No doubt, Magnum also played some new song from the current album "Sacred Blood 'Divine' Lies". In total it has been five tracks from the latest release that have been performed live and they have been all equally good.
Next to the great music it's always a pleasure to see the guys performing live on stage. Bob Catley, a real frontman, being always in touch with the fans, did a great job. Considering the fact that the guy was on tour with Avantasia for many weeks and now being on the road with Magnum states the enormous energy level of the singer. He is a real proof that age doesn't matter if passion rules the game. Next to Catley it is Magnum's mainman Tony Clarkin who did a jaw-dropping job at the sixstring. Mighty riffs and spot-on solos have been a crucial incredience for this 100 minutes musical menu. This man conveniences with his guitar play and not by wild posing.
And last but not least it's the consistant line-up with Mark Stanway (key), hidden behind his fortress of keyboards, Al Barrow (b) and Harry James (d) which guarantees a dense sound and a more than solid rhythm foundation, something that made also this night to a special one.
All in all it was an excellent evening with Magnum. It was pleasure to see the guys in Holland and it was really sad that there haven't been more fans of excellent hardrock music.