The living legend Manfred Mann and his Earth Band will be performing in Germany and Austria soon. The 79-year-old South African and his band are unstoppable.
When a baby boy named Manfred Sepse Lubowitz was born in Johannesburg in 1940, nobody had the slightest clue he would found the first South African Rock band, be a global superstar a few years later, and that his career would last for decades.
Music in the Apartheid State
When Mann started spreading his music, South Africa was a racist state which discriminated, oppressed and even murdered its Black majority. For a musician of Jewish origin who was opposed to Apartheid, things were not easy either.
With a friend, he founded a band called The Vikings as early as 1959, when many of us were not even conceived. In 1961, he moved to England, where he began writing for the ‘Jazz News’. The pseudonym he used was Manfred Mann, which sounded far more catchy than Manfred Sepse Lubowitz.
Mann is a true musician. In Johannesburg, and under his birth name, he studied music at the University of the Witwatersrand while hitting Jazz club stages as a pianist at night. Even as a Rock star the Jazz influence would stay with him all his life.
The Mighty Mann
Manfred Mann constantly ran bands, delivering “all that Jazz” and the Blues. With a group named after him, Manfred Mann, they scored several hits before the 1970-s started, including “Mighty Quinn”, a tune anyone older than 40 would know.
Mann disbanded the band in 1969, only to create a new one which would play experimental Jazz-Rock tunes. He was one of the pioneers of this genre, along with Santana, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Chicago and only a few other groups.
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band was founded in 1971. It stands for huge hits such as “Blinded by the Light”, “Spirits in the Night” or “Davy’s on the Road Again”. Mann always had some other groups on the side, but Manfred Mann’s Earth Band has been the main product in the past 47 years.
The Fun Starts
This very band, with Manfred Mann himself, who is 79, will be performing on a gazillion stages in Germany this year and next. The whole thing is scheduled to commence on April 7th, 2020, in Zwickau. They will do Erfurt and Halle on the 8th and 9th.
On April 30th, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band will be right back in Germany. To be precise: On that day, they are scheduled to do Nieder-Olm. Koblenz and St. Ingbert are next, on May 1st and 2nd, 2020.
Augsburg, Gronau, Hagen, Meckenheim, Rockenhausen, Rottingen and Bad Pyrmont are listed on the touring calendar too. So are Esslingen, Bad Krozingen, Erlangen, Seebronn and Burghausen.
Even More Gigs
As if all of the above wasn’t a lot already, they will do even more gigs. In fact, they will be back in fall, for gigs in Karlsruhe and Winterbach. Manfred Mann’s Imst (Austria) gig will be taking place in spring, on June 19th. Tickets for some of these gigs in Germany and Austria are available here.
Welcome to mainland Europe, Manfred!
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