CD review MAGNUM ‘Live at Symphony Hall’

(8/10) Although legendary UK rockers Magnum have released already quite some live albums and compilations, the moment of a next live album is always a treat. It was the final show of Magnum’s ‘Road to Eternity’-tour that was recorded and acts as a base for this live record. Magnum played in total 42 shows on this tour and it was the Birmingham’s Symphony Hall that acted as a scenery for the Grand finale.   

A few things made this night to a special one and the fact that it was the last gig on the tour is just one of them. The concert was also a kind of home-game show for Magnum, playing in front of enthusiastic fans that can be heard more than ones on ‘Live at the Symphony Hall’. Furthermore it was Avantasia/Edguy frontman Tobias Sammet who joined Magnum for this very special show, singing ‘Lost on the Road to Eternity’ together with Bob Catley.

Last but not least, the setlist of this night. A Magnum show without hits like ‘How Far Jerusalem’, ‘The Spirit’ and ‘Vigilante’ is a mission impossible and these smashers have been part of the Birmingham show too. Next to these all time classics its’s the new songs that seamlessly go together with the older stuff. Tunes like ‘Peaches and Cream’ and the powering ‘Crazy Old Mothers’ are perfect live songs that unfold their beauty on the studio album and even more in a live environment.

To sum up: ‘Live at the Symphony Hall’ is a well-done live release that shows an iconic band,proving that age doesn’t matter. Magnum still belongs to the best melodic hardrock from UK ever delivered and I’m personally looking forward to their show at the 2019 Rock Hard festival.

(8/10)

Tracklist:

  1. When We Were Younger
  2. Sacred Blood ‘Divine’ Lies
  3. Lost on the Road to Eternity
  4. Crazy Old Mothers
  5. Without Love
  6. Your Dreams Won’t Die
  7. Peaches and Cream
  8. How Far Jerusalem
  9. Les Morts Dansant
  10. Show Me Your Hands
  11. All England’s Eyes
  12. Vigilante
  13. Don’t Wake the Lion (Too Old to Die Young)
  14. The Spirit
  15. When the World Comes Down

Label: Steamhammer/SPV

Genre: HardRock

Release Date EU: January 18th, 2019

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