The Manfreds announce 60th anniversary reunion UK tour dates

15 February 2023, 11:45

The Manfreds
The Manfreds. Picture: The Manfreds

By Tom Eames

Legendary group The Manfreds have announced a huge UK tour to celebrate 60 years as a band.

Formerly known as Manfred Mann, the iconic R&B rock band were one of the biggest acts of the '60s British Invasion, and this year they mark 60 years together.

The tour will also mark the last opportunity for fans to see both original frontmen, Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo, on tour together.

Joining Mike and Paul will be original guitarist Tom McGuinness, along with long-running Manfreds members Rob Townsend on drums, Marcus Cliffe on bass and Simon Currie on saxophone and flute.

Tickets are available here, from Friday (February 17).

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The band originally performed from 1962 to 1969. They reformed as The Manfreds in 1991, and have carried on performing for over 30 years.

Fans will see the band perform their biggest hits, including 'Pretty Flamingo', '5-4-3-2-1', 'Ha Ha! Said The Clown', 'My Name Is Jack', 'The Mighty Quinn' and 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy'.

The Manfreds will also play a few Paul Jones, Mike d’Abo and Tom McGuinness solo hits, plus other surprise covers of their favourite R&B songs.

Paul Jones said: "What's this? Our Diamond Jubilee? Wow! People say to me: 'I bet you never dreamed you'd still be doing this after all these years / decades'; but the truth is that I always believed I'd be out here doing what I do until - and well beyond - this age.

Manfred Mann, 1965
Manfred Mann, 1965. Picture: Getty

"The only thing I didn't know was that I'd still be a Manfred, and (as Mike d'Abo frequently points out) we've got Tom McGuinness to thank for that.

"This tour is indeed a celebration: of the longevity of a concept that came together over a long time - and mostly of its own accord.”

The full dates are:

  • 21st September Basingstoke The Anvil
  • 22nd September Worthing Assembly Hall
  • 24th September Southend Cliffs Pavilion
  • 29th September York Grand Opera House
  • 30th September Birmingham Town Hall
  • 1st October Liverpool Philharmonic
  • 4th October Hull City Hall
  • 5th October King’s Lynn Corn Exchange
  • 6th October High Wycombe Swan Theatre
  • 11th October St Albans Albarn Arena
  • 12th October Peterborough New Theatre
  • 13th October Folkstone Leas Cliff Hall
  • 14th October Guildford G-Live
  • 19th October Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
  • 20th October Halifax Victoria Theatre
  • 21st October Gateshead The Sage
  • 25th October Swansea Grand Theatre
  • 26th October Weston-Super-Mare Playhouse Theatre
  • 27th October Truro Hall For Cornwall
  • 28th October Barnstaple Queens Theatre
  • 2nd November Reading Hexagon
  • 3rd November London Cadogan Hall
  • 4th November Northampton Royal & Derngate
  • 5th November Buxton Opera House
  • 8th November Blackpool Grand Theatre
  • 9th November Leicester De Montfort Hall
  • 10th November Chatham Central Theatre
  • 11th November Cambridge Corn Exchange
  • 23rd November Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall
  • 24th November Eastbourne Congress Theatre
  • 25th November Bournemouth Pavilion
  • 26th November Torquay Princess Theatre

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