28. Making A Live Escape
The mentionend new live album was released on 8.5.2015 in Germany and in the following days all over Europe. It could be bought on CD, as a LP/CD combination or as download. Entiteled “Escape From The Shadow Garden Live 2014” it mirrored the setlist of the last tour: “Live ‘til you Die”, “Black Skies”, “Freedom Day”, “Dance Of The Black Tattoo”, “Blood Red Laughter”, “Unwritten Sacrifice”, How Far Jerusalem”, “Les Morts Dansant”, “Falling For The Big Plan”, “All England’s Eyes”, “Vigilante”, “Kingdom Of Madness”.
Missing from the original set were “Too Many Clowns”, “The Spirit”, “Sacred Hour” and “On Christmas Day”, which had been added during the winter tour. Including them would have meant a double album as there was not enough space on one CD. For a live album it was quite successful, charting at Nr. 82 in Germany, 91 in England and even at Nr 5 in the Rock/Metal charts.
Fans and critics hailed the album for its crisp production and song selection. The band had been recorded at what they are best: performing live in front of an audience of music connoisseurs. The album could be mail-ordered as a signed edition with a poster, a t-shirt or both, which many fans made use of.
The album was supported with some live performances in 2015. MAGNUM were scheduled for five performances in England, Sweden, Germany and Switzerland. While the first three gigs went ahead as planned, the band were in for an unpleasant surprise at the Rock Of Ages-Festival in southern Germany. When the musicians arrived at the festival it turned out that all their gear wasn’t there! Air Berlin hadn’t transported the instruments in the same machine without informing anyone, so they couldn’t perform. This was announced in late afternoon, so band and fans were deeply disappointed, as many of them had travelled a long way to see MAGNUM. Al reported that most of the gear had finally arrived late at night but two guitars and two basses were still missing. After some time the band got almost everything back, but that did not make up for the lost gig.
The set list at the Vasby concert was: “Live 'til You Die“/ „Black Skies“/ “Freedom Day“/ “Dance of the Black Tattoo“/ “Blood Red Laughter“/ “Unwritten Sacrifice“/ “How Far Jerusalem“/ “Les Morts Dansant“/ “Falling for the Big Plan“/ “All England's Eyes”/ “Vigilante“/ “Kingdom of Madness“ and “Sacred Hour“ as an encore. In Skogsröjet “How Far Jerusalem” was replaced by “Les Morts Dansant” and the encore had to be dropped. So it was the slightly abbreviated setlist of the previous tour.
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)