Thursday, 3 October 2013

The Manfreds at Newport Riverfront Reviewed

How cool that one of the most enduring chart acts of the 1960s can still come up with new ideas for their tours whilst performing to a packed house with passion, fun and energy nearly five decades on from their debut hit.

Consisting of original band members Paul Jones, Tom McGuinness and Mike Hugg along with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie, The Manfred’s latest visit to Newport Riverfront took on the subject matter of performing the chart topping debut album The Five Faces of Manfred Mann, released some 49 years ago live.

“We’re going to play the whole album and nothing else,” teased Jones before promising to play some hits too. The sheer professionalism and pure joy of the six Manfreds shone through when giving new twists to classic tracks such as Oh No Not My Baby and The One in the Middle.  The Riverfront's full house audience lapped it up particularly when invited to join in with songs such as Sha La La and Pretty Flamingo.

The endurance of The Manfreds’ hits was proved to myself further by my 8 year old son who accompanied me on his first concert “I know this one!” he whispered as the band launched into 54321.

Topped off with excellent solo spots from individual band members and a welcome chance for a signing session in the interval, The Manfred’s latest Riverfront appearance was a memorable evening indeed, let’s hope they will do a similar outing with the second Manfred Mann Long Player Mann Made soon!

Read my recent interview with Manfreds' Tom McGuinness

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