Manfred Mann's Earth Band at Jazz Cafe in Camden, London
|Doors Open||Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 7:00 PM|
|Starts||Tuesday 10 September 2013 at 7:30 PM|
This event is for over 18s only - No refunds will be issued for under 18s.
The demise of Chapter Three led to the formation Manfred’s next band –the Earth Band– they first played together in March 1971. With the shackles of the Chapter Three rules disposed of, the band developed its own style which has evolved constantly since then. Earth Band have lived up to their name, touring the States, almost all of Europe and as far a field as Australia during their 40 years existence. An eponymous first album was released in 1972. A year later saw Manfred returning to the charts with the single “Joybringer”, based on Gustav Holtz’s “Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity”.
Earth Band hit the headlines in 1976 with the release of the album “The Roaring Silence” and the hit single “Blinded By The Light” which provided the band with their 2nd Top 10 UK single and a Number 1 record in the US. Despite this success and a culmination of 4 years touring of the States, it was at this time that the band turned their back on this major market. “We went around America for siz weeks, with me not seeing my children, and came back with $1500 dollars in my pocket – on a Number 1 record! We didn’t break the market, just had one big hit. So we were never really famous in America.”
By the time of the next album release, ‘Watch’ in 1978, Punk had arrived and the new wave had supposedly consigned Manfred and his Earth Band to history in the UK. However the different musical tastes on the continent offered a new market, in particular Germany. ‘Watch’ was the best selling album in Germany behind Grease and Saturday Night Fever. Over the next 8 years a steady flow of albums saw the band touring extensively in Europe.
A brief hiatus in the late 80’s saw Earth Band off the road. The purchase of a 70+ year old song book of American Indian tribal chants inspired Manfred to develop his personal masterpiece ‘Plains Music’. Of all the material he has recorded over the years “it’s the only thing I can listen to that’s reasonably natural, not trying to be anything. The other stuff I keep hearing how I should have done it differently!”
Earth Band re-emerged into the spotlight in 1991 and have continued to tour to this day. . Manfred has no plans to hang up his keyboard, “Count Basie rocked till he dropped, Beethoven rocked till he dropped, Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald…it doesn’t seem that odd that people should play music for their lives, if that’s what they do. Pop, rock and jazz is the music of the 20th century, certainly the last half, and the best music will last. I started off being a musician and I’m carrying on being a musician. As long as people will pay to see us do gigs, I’ll perform.”