Legendary pioneers of Rhythm and Blues in the UK, The Manfreds (formerly known as Manfred Mann) have announced a comprehensive UK tour, celebrating a remarkable 60 years as one of Britain’s most respected bands.
A massive part of the 60s British Invasion, The Manfreds’ music still retains a timeless quality some 60 years on. As well as celebrating the band’s 60th , this tour will also mark the last opportunity for fans to see both original frontmen, Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo, on tour together. Joining Mike and Paul is original guitarist Tom McGuinness along with long standing Manfreds members Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass and Simon Currie on saxophone/flute.
The band originally ran from 1962 until 1969 – defining the decade with their unique sound. Reforming as The Manfreds in 1991, the band have carried on performing together ever since for over 30 years.
Fans can expect many of the much loved hits, including Pretty Flamingo, 5-4-3-2-1, The One In The Middle, Come Tomorrow, Sha La La, Ha Ha! Said The Clown, My Name Is Jack, Fox On The Run, Mighty Quinn and Do Wah Diddy Diddy, one of the most popular and instantly recognisable songs of the decade and still the biggest audience pleaser at their concerts
Alongside these classic chart toppers, The Manfreds will showcase a few Paul Jones / Mike d’Abo / Tom McGuinness solo hits, plus a few surprise renditions of their favourite Rhythm ‘n’ Blues numbers from over the years
Ahead of the tour Tom said:
“It’s 60 years ago this December that I joined Manfred Mann and 30 years and more since we got together for a one-off gig to celebrate my 50th birthday, with no idea that it would lead to a long-term reunion. How lucky I feel to be once again on-stage making music with The Manfreds”.
“What’s this? Our Diamond Jubilee? Wow!
People say to me: “I bet you never dreamed you’d still be doing this after all these years / decades”; but the truth is that I always believed I’d be out here doing what I do until – and well beyond – this age. The only thing I didn’t know was that I’d still be a Manfred, and (as Mike d’Abo frequently points out) we’ve got Tom McGuinness to thank for that.
This tour is indeed a celebration: of the longevity of a concept that came together over a long time – and mostly of its own accord.”
“I first became aware of Manfred Mann’s reputation with ‘5-4-3-2-1’ storming up the charts, Paul Jones oozing youthful confidence, the band – with a hint of academia about them – had a unique appeal.
Little did I know that, in a couple of years , I’d be joining them as Paul’s replacement. What an incredible thrill and honour that was!
Well… the good news is that The Manfreds are still doing it! Yes, we’re all back together again – Paul Jones, Myself & Tom McGuinness – belting out the hits we created all those years ago. What an amazing survival story.“
Tickets available: HERE
21st September Basingstoke The Anvil
22nd September Worthing Assembly Hall
24th September Southend Cliffs Pavilion
29th September York Grand Opera House
30th September Birmingham Town Hall
1st October Liverpool Philharmonic
4th October Hull City Hall
5th October King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
6th October High Wycombe Swan Theatre
11th October St Albans Albarn Arena
12th October Peterborough New Theatre
13th October Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
14th October Guildford G-Live
19th October Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
20th October Halifax Victoria Theatre
21st October Gateshead The Sage
25th October Swansea Grand Theatre
26th October Weston-Super-Mare Playhouse Theatre
27th October Truro Hall For Cornwall
28th October Barnstaple Queens Theatre
2nd November Reading Hexagon
3rd November London Cadogan Hall
4th November Northampton Royal & Derngate
5th November Buxton Opera House
8th November Blackpool Grand Theatre
9th November Leicester De Montfort Hall
10th November Chatham Central Theatre
11th November Cambridge Corn Exchange
23rd November Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
24th November Eastbourne Congress Theatre
25th November Bournemouth Pavilion
26th November Torquay Princess Theatre