Review: The Manfreds, Royal Concert Hall, by Scott Lunn
A 50th anniversary is not one that many bands live to see, and The Manfreds are a living embodiment of what it takes to reach that milestone.
On stage they roll back the years and show how none of the passion for music has ebbed across the past five decades.
During favourites such as 5,4,3,2,1 and Do Wah Diddy, charismatic frontman Paul Jones cajoled the sell-out crowd at the Royal Concert Hall to join in at every opportunity.
He alternated the lead vocals with prolific songwriter Mike d'Abo, who delivered a hair-raising rendition of Handbags and Gladrags, a hit for both Rod Stewart and Stereophonics, that came from his very own pen.
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The same level of artistry was also achieved by lead guitarist Tom McGuinness, who effortlessly pieced together string-wrenching solos and acoustic rhythms that finally got the crowd on their feet.
Drummer Mike Hugg and saxophonist Mike Currie also exhibited their musical proficiency during solos.
Despite the raw talent that the band exuded on Tuesday night, they still displayed humbling grace and appreciation, even taking time out to thank a couple who were attending their 50th Manfreds show.
They received two standing ovations at the close and then stayed behind to sign merchandise for the loyal fans, some of whom have been with the band from their original days as Manfred Mann.