Mark Stanway


FIREWORKS Issue #85 On Sale Now

In UK shops from 13th December...
While other magazines seems to be getting slimmer due to the recent paper price increases, the mighty Fireworks remains at a colossal 148 pages, with the addition of an extra 215 page pdf and over 100 mp3 songs on our cover-mounted CD (also available via download link for imported copies. ALL copies bought directly online will have the CD).
This issue sees Thunder discussing their new album of stripped-down reworkings of songs from throughout their career, while Whitesnake’s David Coverdale tells us all about their new ‘Unzipped’ box-set.
Two years after leaving Magnum, Mark Stanway gives us the details on his exciting new band Kingdom of Madness, and elsewhere, Kane Roberts explains the fun of working with Alice Cooper again on his new opus, ‘The New Normal’. And then there’s Heat’s original vocalist Kenny Leckremo telling us all about his debut solo album and Jeff Wayne on bringing his magnificent ‘War of the Worlds’ to the stage.
Other interviews include Within Temptation, Ace Frehley, Uli Jon Roth, Fifth Angel, Nordic Union, Metal Church, Ten, Dan Reed, Evergrey, Jake E. Lee, Amaranthe, Hank Erix, White Widdow, The Tangent, Graham Bonnet, Johnny Gioeli and a truly uplifting chat with Jason Becker. And of course, many, many, many more!!
This issue, the Enthusiasts Guide takes a look at the solo career Rainbow legend Joe Lynn Turner while our Bands That Time Forgot feature, Dave Reynolds runs the rules over two classic bands of the 70s:  Teaze and Thrills.
Over 50 pages of detailed reviews and … yeah, you know it .. SO MUCH MORE!!!!
All for £5.99 (plus postage) and a miserly £3.50 for the download (inc pdf and all mp3 songs).

KINGDOM OF MADNESS Finds Former MAGNUM Alumni Reunited

Fans of classic MAGNUM are in for a surprise, with old and recently departed members coming together to form KINGDOM OF MADNESS, a group dedicated to performing classic Magnum tracks from the era 1978-1994 and includes recently deposed keyboardist Mark Stanway and popular drummer Mickey Barker.
The group features musicians who have either toured or recorded with Magnum, with the addition of bass supremo Neil Murray and his Snakecharmer band mate, vocalist Chris Ousey (Heartland, Virginia Wolf).
Stanway: “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. 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 Bailey, Mickey Barker, Laurence Archer and Mo Birch again, and in bassist Neil Murray and vocalist Chris Ousey, 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.”
Kingdom Of Madness will make their live debut at Newhampton Arts Centre, Wolverhampton, on Friday December 21.

MAGNUM's Mark Stanway Publishes Autobiography

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British rock legends Magnum's piano and keyboard maestro Mark Stanway has now added the word author to his already more than impressive CV.
With 'Close To The Mark' nearly 40 years of behind the scenes fun and madness from the world of Rock comes to life from the pen of someone who was there and lived to tell the tales!

Stanway has played and toured with some rock giants over the years and as well as Magnum stories a plenty, his times with the likes of the late, great Phil Lynott, Robert Plant and M3 Classic Whitesnake (to name a few) are covered.

Mark has written the book in its entirety so there are no second or third hand accounts of events. It is straight from the horse's mouth and we are talking thoroughbred. As well as all that, there are over 170 photographs, including many previously unseen ones.

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'Told with the with and style that makes this the sort of book you pick up and feel compelled to read in one session' - Malcolm Dome
'A riotous read from one of the nicest guys in Rock, who's been there, done it and got all the tee shirts' - Paul Anthhony Planet Rock
'Not your 'run of the mill' diary, but a rocking collection of rampageous stories from life on tour, backstage, tourbus, everywhere. A Rocker's must have' - Roger Fauske, TBFM Radio
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