The journey to this action was accompanied by unexpected delay in fleet exactly before arrival to Prague , caused by road accident. That is why I came to Exit a bit later and on the podium the performance of the forerunner of the main star of the evening just culminates. After a while of investigation, I found out, that this is native of Wales, living in Australia Gwyn Ashton. This guitarist and singer is well known in Czech Republic to blues audience above all. As for me personally, I see this artist for the first time, but his blues-rock v rendered by guitar and drums sounded wholly and strongly. Ashton alternated several acoustic and electric guitars and also there was some time for resofonical guitar. There would be no sense in mentioning, that he controls all the instruments perfectly. I think, that also mostly rock orientated audience was amused by GWYN and his fellow playing the drums. As one of the fans said: „ I would certainly not listen to this at home, but I would visit his concert immediately again“.
The necessary rebuilding and sounding is abandoned shortly before 21:30hrs by the keyboards intro, during which the British legend of melodious rock Magnum slowly comes to the podium. The first composition is surprisingly not from the new album „The Visitation“, but cool hit „Back To Earth“, proven by years. Perfect choice for the take-off. It is followed by „When We Were Younger“. Slower beginning of the composition gives us opportunity to watch the musicians properly for the first time. The biggest part of my attention is concentrated of course on singer Bob Catley. Slight guy with outstanding wrinkles in his face seems to be much older in real, then it would be possible to think. I know, that he is already 63 years old, but I was quite shocked, how he has grown old during last several years. But important is, that the voice is still quality, even some small mistakes during the performance have turned out time to time. But everybody of us is growing old.
The first composition from actual album was middle-cadence easygoing one, named „Wild Angels“. After „Brand New Morning“ and the next newcomer„Mother Natures‘Final Dance“ comes to concert certainty „How Far Jerusalem“, where the band is being supported by many fans during the refrain. When playing „Spin Like A Wheel“ it turns out, that the audience knows the novelty„ The Visitation“ perfectly. Already during the prelude the hands do fly up and the first rows begin to jump. In similar spirit also „The Moonking“ and again „Freedom Day“ from actual album continue. Then comes the imaginary finale of the evening in shape of ballad „Les Morts Dansant“ from album „On A Storyteller’s Night“. This outstanding composition has unbelievable tension mainly in live-version. Moreover everything is raised by inward exhibition of Bob Catley, who has lived over not only this song, but also the other songs and gained bigger and bigger sympathy by this. Quite the opposite the second pillar of Magnum guitarist and composer impressed by professor image and nothing was changing on his stone-face during the exhibition.
Also the other members stayed rather in quietness and so they gave space to emotional expressions of Catley, who had attracted biggest attention on himself. The next song „Black Skies“ from „The Visitation“ is being alternated by joyful „All My Bridgers“, during which Bob is offering his tambourine to the first row of fans svou tamburínu and he dallies with them lightly. And coming to the finale is being signified by aged hits „All England’s Eyes“ and first of all the storming anthem „Vigilante“. Conclusion of classic set is being served by old-fashioned and never dying hit song „Kingdom of Madnes“ from so-called album. It is just unbelievable, how this composition from year 1978 manages to captivate also relatively young audience. The first addition progressively tuned „Wild Swan“ shows Magnum as perfectly working body. And „On A Storyteller’s Night“ was the faultless dot of the perfect concert adventure of this rock legend.