This book is meant to be a tribute to my - and presumably the reader's - favourite band. I have loved their music ever since I heard my first MAGNUM-song on the radio, which was “Lonely Night“. So I have been following the band for many years now which should enable me to write this book, a history of the band as complete as possible. There was a real jigsaw-puzzle to be put together from interviews, newspaper cuttings, former band histories, record company information and much more.
I still cannot claim to know everything about MAGNUM, although I had very competent help. Special thanks to Ollie Catley, Petra Fox, David Hargas, Neil Jenkins, Annie Minion, Ashley Mortimer and the “Nitelight“, Sabine Rummel , Mick Stones, Mark Stuart, John Warburg, Mark Stanway, Richard Bailey, Dennis Eisele, Hanna Hoffmann and Olly Hahn, who helped me to realize this project and, of course, to the band, who gave me several interviews.
As I am German my English may not always be totally correct. Please accept my apologies for that.
Although the band had declared their split in December 1995, Bob, Tony, Mark and Al reformed MAGNUM in 2001. Therefore the book will need constant updating, so if you have any new information or if you find any mistakes, please don't hesitate to write me a note. Here's the address:
71263 Weil der Stadt
NOTE: The fact that this biography is free to read or download and printout for everybody’s personal use does not mean, that anyone can just take all this information and simply publish it somewhere. I do have the copyright on it as the biggest part of this biography has already been published as a brochure book in the limited edition box set of “The Visitation”. Publishing rights will not be granted without the band’s consent and without naming me as the author!
Version updated 2/2022
Johan (Montag, 18 Januar 2021 13:57)
Thanks for a great read through Magnum history.
Howeve, it looks like something has happened with the link to chapter 17 Bob Catley's Towering Solo Efforts. It points towards the prologue instead of chapter 17.
Glenn Gibson (Freitag, 20 November 2020 19:35)
THANK YOU for this site, you need to turn this into a book. I'd buy it!
Colin (Montag, 06 Januar 2020 23:41)
Good reading and very interesting. Just one small point, Magnum played at the Birmingham Odeon on the March 87 tour. They didn’t play the NEC until the Wings of Heaven tour...
William (Freitag, 30 März 2018 18:19)
One small error - KTNLB does count as a studio album, and LOTRTE is album #20 counting KTNLB (if skipping it, it's album #19). Otherwise great article!
Dave Millward (Montag, 05 März 2018 10:00)
I saw the band on the last date in Wolverhampton on their darewell tour in 1995. Was there a concert programme for the gig?
AustrianMagnumFan (Montag, 05 Februar 2018 10:47)
Hi there,thank you for this wonderful Page.. is it possible to put this informations together to One .Pdf maybe to read it offline ? Regards
Kevol (Dienstag, 08 März 2016 00:54)
Just want to say thank you for this site. It's amazing. Spent there more than hour already :)
Birgit (Montag, 23 März 2015 15:54)
This is a great site. Thanks so much for putting all those facts together. Just a wee amendment on the double headliner shows: At least in Munich they played all three songs which you marked as dropped for double headline purposes... :-)
Chris Beddall (Sonntag, 29 Juni 2014 17:10)
Excellent info, really well done mate!
Jordi Joan (Sonntag, 14 Oktober 2012 21:01)
my tribut to magnum, from catalonia
Lin O'Connor (Montag, 01 Oktober 2012 16:23)
Was the Archive album available on vinyl? If not is the cd quite rare cant find it anywhere!
Fred (Mittwoch, 01 Februar 2012 21:22)