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Inför Sweden Rock 2015: Intervju med Manfred Mann’s Earth Band

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Med 30 dagar kvar till Sweden Rock Festival fortsätter vi med serien ”Inför Sweden Rock 2015”. Nästa band ut är det engelska progrockbandet Manfred Mann´s Earth Band. Rocknytts Lisa Willman har känt Manfred på pulsen inför festivalen.

Den sydafrikanske keyboardisten Manfred Mann (eg Lubowitz) rönte under 60-talet stora framgångar med popbandet döpt efter honom själv. Mann, som är jazzmusiker i grunden, ville sedermera befria sig från den hit-fixerade popbranschen och startade 1969 det experimentella jazzrockbandet Manfred Mann Chapter Three. Bandet lades ner efter bara två album, och 1971 bildades istället Manfred Mann´s Earth Band. Mann behöll det jazz-inspirerade soundet med sin karaktäritiska Moog synthesizer, men kombinerade det med klassiska influenser och en progressiv ådra. Bandet fick sitt stora genombrott 1977 med en cover på Bruce Springsteens Blinded by the Light. Övriga hits inkluderar Davy´s on the Road Again, Spirit in the Night, For You, Runner och en uppdaterad version av Bob Dylans Mighty Quinn, som bandet Manfred Mann hade en hit med redan 1968. Utöver ett kortare uppehåll mellan slutet av 80-talet och början av 90-talet har bandet varit aktivt och turnerat regelbundet, om än med en varierande bandsättning. Det senaste studioalbumet Soft Vengeance släpptes 1996, men efter detta har Mann gett ut soloalbumen 2006 (från 2004) och Lone Arranger (från 2014). Bandets nuvarande sättning består av ursprungsmedlemmarna Mann och gitarristen Mick Rogers samt basisten Steve Kinch (ex-Jim Capaldi), trummisen Jimmy Copley (ex-Jeff Beck, Magnum) och sångaren Robert Hart (ex-Bad Company).


First of all I would like to welcome you to Sweden Rock Festival 2015! I don´t really need to welcome you to Sweden though, do I? I understand that you are a frequent visitor?
– I DO SPEND SOME TIME IN SWEDEN, VISITING MY PARTNER.

When you started out in the 60´s as Manfred Mann, you became one of the most popular bands in Great Britain at the time. Girls fainted at your shows, people were chasing you for autographs and you became public property, in your own words. Do you ever miss it?
– I NEVER EVER MISS IT, I HATED BEING PUBLIC PROPERTY. THE EGO TRIP LASTED ABOUT A MONTH. BEING FAMOUS WAS DIFFERENT TO BEING SUCCESSFUL AND RESPECTED, PEOPLE JUST SCREAMED ETC BECAUSE WE HAD BEEN ON TELEVISION. I AM FAR HAPPIER BEING ANONYMOUS ON THE STREET.

What is it like touring, today? Are you still as enthusiastic about performing, after more than 50 years in the business?
– I LIKE PLAYING AND PROVIDING THE TRAVELLING IS NOT TOO HARD, IT IS VERY GOOD. AS A BAND WE ALL GET ON VERY WELL, IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE.

It´s been almost 20 years since the last Manfred Mann´s Earths Band album came out, but only last year you released a solo album called Lone Arranger. Sweden´s own Viktoria Tolstoy were one of the many contributing artists, as well as members from MMEB. What can you tell us about it?
– LONE ARRANGER’ WAS A CHALLENGE TO SEE IF I COULD RE ARRANGE VERY WELL KNOW SONGS, IN AN INTERESTING AND ORIGINAL MANNER, IT WAS VERY CHALLENGING, BUT I AM OK WITH THE RESULT.

Will there be any more MMEB albums, or will you keep focusing on solo projects?
– WE ARE PLANNING SOME MMEB MATERIAL AT THE MOMENT.

What can we expect from Manfred Mann´s Earth Band at Sweden Rock Festival 2015? Are you excited about the show?
– HARD TO SAY WE PLAY A SELECTION OF MATERIAL THAT WE ARE KNOWN FOR, MIGHT QUINN, BLINDED BY THE LIGHT ETC……WE PLAY THEM SLIGHTLY DIFFERENTLY EVERY NIGHT, WHICH KEEPS THE WHOLE THING FRESH.

Any final words to our readers?
– PLAYED AT SWEDISH ROCK FESTIVAL MANY YEARS AGO AND ENJOYED IT VERY MUCH, WE LOOK FORWARD TO IT.

Manfred Mann’s Earth Band spelar fredag 5 juni 16:00 – 17:15 på Festival Stage

Sweden Rock Festival äger rum i Sölvesborg och det är 3-6 juni som ska markeras i kalendern. Klara band är bl.a Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Mötley Crüe, Toto, Slash, Ace Frehley, Backyard Babies, Five Finger Death Punch, The Darkness, Ghost, Airbourne, Opeth, Meshuggah, Extreme, Hammerfall, D-A-D, Children Of Bodom, Gojira, Dokken, Michael Monroe, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Molly Hatchet och Lucifer’s Friend.

Mer info och biljetter: www.swedenrock.com

 

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