Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Review: The Manfreds, Newport Riverfront

It’s 42 years ago to the week that Manfred Mann were sitting at the Number One spot of the pop charts with the Bob Dylan composition The Mighty Quinn. Remnants of that original group now known as The Manfreds proved they were still very much Pick of the Pops when they made a visit to Newport Riverfront tonight.

Original band members Paul Jones, Mike d’Abo, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness were joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie to recreate the sounds that shaped the 1960s charts including the hits Pretty Flamingo, Fox On the Run, Do Wah Diddy Diddy and the Ready Steady Go! "Weekend starts here" theme 5-4-3-2-1.

There were diversions into the bands individual careers too. From Jones solo 1967 hit I’ve Been a Bad Bad Boy via d’Abo’s hit recently popularised by the Stereophonics Handbags and Gladrags, to McGuinness’s When I’m Dead and Gone of which Tom informed the audience was kept from number one slot in 1970 by Clive Dunn’s Grandad!

After over two hours of Mann-made hits the concert drew to a close with an encore including an aptly timed version of My Funny Valentine and the 1965 hit If You Gotta Go, Go Now, another track which Paul Jones informed the audience was kept from the number one slot by Ken Dodd’s Tears!

I think the audience was agreed however that The Manfreds are still very much Number One performers and after nearly half a century at the top of the entertainment tree, still take some beating!

TRACKS PERFORMED INCLUDED: 5-4-3-2-1 / The One In The Middle / Sha La La / Fox on the Run / Ragamuffin Man / Just Like A Woman / Pretty Flamingo / Malt and Barley Blues / When I'm Dead and Gone / I've Been a Bad, Bad Boy / Build Me Up Buttercup / Do Wah Diddy Diddy / Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads? / Semi-Detatched Surburban Mr. James / Come Tomorrow / The Mighty Quinn / Handbags And Gladrags / If You Gotta Go, Go Now

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