Bob Catley, Magnum

(av Andy Flash)


Why did you pick the title Spirit Of Man for your forthcoming solo album?

(Release date Jan 27th 2006)

It sounded like a good title to me. Thereís quite a few titles I could have picked like In The Name Of The Cause, Blinded By A Lie. I thought Spirit Of Man was the best one. It sounds a bit Magnum-ish maybe thatís what sold it to me. The whole ideaí was to make a commercial album. Itís kind of catchy not so heavy metal or epic. I canít be doing the epic stuff all time but one song is and itís called End Of The Story. But the album has itís epic moments of course thatís typical me. I think itís going to do well, I hope so. Itís on Frontiers that are doing a good job for me. I have a lot of good people around and Iím very pleased with the outcome.

Will there be any singles released from it?

You better ask Frontiers. I havenít heard anything about a single.

Are there any songs left that didnít make the album?

Thereís a couple of tracks left. But I think they are going to be for Japan as bonus tracks. One song is called Temptation, which is a song I would have like on the album but everyone agreed that it should be left for Japan. Itís very good, very rocky. It would have fitted great but you canít have them all on there. You gotta have some bonus tracks. The Japanese labels always ask what else you got.

Both Spirit Of Man & When Empires Burn have some more hardrock/metal tracks on them. Is that something you would like go deeper into on a future album maybe more in the style of Judas Priest & Iron Maiden?

I donít mind. Whatever that feels good for me to sing. I like the old heavy metal stuff as well as the melodic and the ballads. Maybe Iím at the wrong age of doing that. There were a few songs on When Empires Burn that were metal indeed. Written by Paul Hodson.

Are there any plans for solo shows in Sweden 2006?

Well itís a little early to say. Next year Tony Clarkin will be recording the next Magnum album and I will be with him on occasion sometimes. But Iím mainly promoting Spirit Of Man as such as I can throughout the year including festivals and whatever my agent/tour manager Annie can get me. And Tonyís fine with that, itís all very good. Tony knows I have to promote stuff outside of Magnum as well. I would love to do Sweden Rock. Magnum did it this year, which was very good. Weíll see the world is my oyster next year and weíll see what happens. I will be doing a British tour in April and hopefully some European slots depending on whom I can get on with as the opening act. I will be headlining in the UK but supporting in Europe. Which is fine by me. Put me on any stage and Iíll kick up a storm. I got a very good band at the moment. So I look forward to that, Sweden hopefully. Sweden Rock of course if I can get it

Who would you like to work with on future solo albums?

It would probably be down to Frontiers and say we would like you to record with this person.There are a lot of people I would like to work with like my friend Tobias Sammet from Edguy. I got and idea that might going to write me some songs next year but I donít know if itís going to be a whole album. Next time, two years time.

You have surrounded yourself with great writers over the years. How come we havenít seen any credits to Bob Catley?

All my life Iíve been working with Tony Clarkin who writes brilliant songs. Who can compete with that? I just sing them. I can do that. Iím all right. But I let someone else do the song writing. Arranging and maybe change a lyric here and there if it needs to be changed. But thatís it and thatís not writing a song now is it. Itís all been done for me.

Next year is the 20th anniversary of Vigilante. Will there be a similar tour and album as with On A Storytellers Night?

Oh! Here we go! Well weíll take a view on that one. I mean when this was first mentioned we said no the 20th anniversary of On A Storytellers Night is anybody interested? But then people went yeah, come on. It was a good thing to be doing. We didnít think of it, somebody else did. And the more we thought about it we thought it wasnít such a stupid idea. I donít know if we will carry on with this on Vigilante and then thereís 20 years of Wings of Heaven. Thereís no end to it. So I feel this is a one off thing. Itís been great and has brought us back into the limelight again. Weíre still promoting our latest album Brand new Morning and our Dvd Liviní The Dream, which Storytellers is a big part of. I donít know if weíll be doing this again but then stranger things have happened.

What is your favourite Magnum album?

Beside On A Storytellers Night. Sleepwalking. Itís different and I think itís great. People donít mention Sleepwalking in the same breath as Storytellers or Wings Of Heaven, which was our biggest sell to date. We also did an acoustic album called Keeping The Nite Light Burning itís another one of my favourites

Is Keeping The Nite Light Burning something you would like to do again?

Yes. I donít see why not. Itís something very different. Itís a softer approach to everything and there are so many songs to choose from. Thereís so many that you can do acoustically. I think itís a great album. Lots of people have missed this album.

What is your favourite Magnum song?

I donít know. Hard to pick one I love them all. But Iíll say Donít Wake The Lion. But it could have been How Far Jerusalem or Broken Wheel. It could have been many songs.

It must be hard to pick the setlist with all these great songs?

We listen to peopleís ideas but we canít please everybody. So we have to go with what we think would go down the best. But certain songs pick themselves like How Far Jerusalem, Les Morts Dansant, Kingdom Of Madness & Vigilante they all have to be in there somewhere. You just have to try to fill in the gaps. With some songs we havenít done in ages but we canít do it to different then people would go: Where is that song or that song. We try to please your fans with whatever we play. We got such a big back catalog now so there are so many songs to choose from. We want to please everybody as well as ourselves.

Thank you very much.


KŚren, GŲteborg 25 november, 2005