The two surviving members of Mama’s Boys are to ‘reunite’ this weekend for a special one-off appearance.
Guitarist Pat McManus will be joined on stage at a charity fundraising gig in Belfast’s Spring And Airbrake by his bassist brother John, to play a selection of the former Fermanagh power trio’s greatest hits. The gig, branded ‘A Rock Night To Remember’, is partially in memory of the third McManus brother, and Mama’s Boys drummer, Tommy, who lost his long battle against leukaemia, at the age of just 28, back in November 1994.
This will be the first time the surviving brothers have played together under the Mama’s Boys guise since then. The drum stool will be filled by Steve Strange, the rock agent and promoter and lifelong friend of the McManus family: Steve started in the music business as drummer with Belfast’s No Hot Ashes.
The gig also will be paying tribute to another of Northern Ireland’s fallen rock heroes – Sweet Savage bassist Trevor Fleming, who died of cancer last October. Rumours are abounding that the Savs, who also are appearing, will be joined by founder member Viv Campbell, now with Def Leppard.
The bill is completed by rising local rockers Million Dollar Reload, who are due to release their second, as yet untitled album, on the Powerage label in the near future, and the Stevie K Band.
Proceeds from this very special show will go to the Belfast City Hospital Cancer Centre, the Northern Ireland Cancer Fund for Children and the Northern Ireland Hospice. Tickets cost £10 and are available now from Ticketmaster (who have waived their usual booking fee).