Forget Geldof and One Direction. Magnum release new single

The British melodic hard rock group Magnum have confirmed the release of a new digital single “On Christmas Day” on Steamhammer / SPV. The digital version contains a long version and a radio edit of the song and another track named “Born To Be King”. The digital version will be available worldwide on November 14th and the limited 10″ vinyl version on November 17th.

Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin tells how it all happened: “It was Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer who said that he a great idea, and could I write a Christmas song? I replied we had already had done that in the past and told him about “On Christmas Day” and that it was on the “Rockart” album.So if he wanted to check that out to see if it was suitable because it`s not the normal Christmas song that people would expect. I had not heard it myself for a long long time.

“We were in Germany at the time and so we all sat round the computer to listen to the track and we were all impressed and I was really looking forward to re doing it. That’s really the story of how it came about, but I also thought “Born To Be King” could also fit with On Christmas Day as a strong B side for the whole package.!”

Bass player Alan Barrow, who created the single’s artwork, explains that the idea for the cover “was based on some documented facts about the men in the trenches around Christmas in 1914. Carol singing was said to have been heard going back and forth between the trenches from both sides. Some documents state that on Christmas day a small amount of soldiers ventured in to ‘no mans land’ where they exchanged food, cigarettes and souvenirs. There are unconfirmed reports that a game of football was also played.”

A track by track review will appear here this weekend.

The band are on tour. You can catch them here:

“Escape From The Shadow Garden” European Tour 2014 – Pt.II
23.11. CH-Zug – Chollerhalle
24.11. D-Aschaffenburg – Colos-Saal
26.11. D-Bochum – Zeche
27.11. D-Osnabrück – Rosenhof
28.11. D-Mannheim – Alte Seilerei
29.11. NL-Haarlem – Patronaat
01.12. UK-Cambridge – Junction
02.12. UK-Sheffield – The Corporation
03.12. UK-Preston – 53-Degrees
04.12. UK-Middlesbrough – Empire
05.12. UK-Bilston – Robin 2
07.12. UK-Porthcawl – Planet Rockstock

“Escape From The Shadow Garden” Tour 2015
06.-09.02 UK-Butlins Minehead – Giants Of Rock Festival
17./18.07. SE-Stockholm – Väsby Rock Festival