Rock Band Magnum’s Al Barrow Joins Ashmore Park ‘Walk of Stars’.

Well I promised that I would release the latest Member of the Ashmore Park Walk of Stars, and I have great pleasure to announce that Al Barrow of Rock Band Magnum,  is our latest member! He was Born Nov 1968 in Ashmore Park, Wednesfield to Margaret & David Barrow.

Alan Barrow -Magnum

He attended Oak Meadow Primary School and then Coppice High Schools. Before moving onto  further education at Bilston Arts College.

Alan then became a pro sessional musician in 1995.

joining the much acclaimed  Magnum in 2001 to present day.

Al tells me that he was always interested in music and arts from an early age.His  mother was a singer in local choirs. He says ” so I think I get my talents from her. My great grandfather I was told played in the music halls all around the UK at the turn of the century so I feel being a musician was in the blood.”

Both his brothers Scott and Rob are drummers & his  sister Sue is also a singer. As he tells me “you could say we are fairly musical family. The Von traps of Ashmore Park!”

During our conversation Alan went onto tell me “I had what you may call these days as a very strict upbringing by my dad, but this did teach me the rights and wrong in life and how to give respect to those who deserve it.  I had all the usual short term jobs as YTS back in the day and spent a long time in both retail & production line work up until around the age of 30.  I was quite a late comer to being a musician but played lots of sessions for local bands and studios locally. Nothing major but it kept my interest going.

One day I got a call to see if I was available to do a tour for a band that needed a bass player. This turned out to be Bob Catley & Tony Clarkin.  They were doing a small project called Hard Rain which went on to do 2 albums and a few short UK tours.

Bob and Tony had been asked to put Magnum back together after a 6 year hiatus and I was asked to stay on a full time bass player. So here we are 10 albums later for me & 20 for the band over all. We will be recording our 21st album in 2019. We have had ever increasing success with our releases & the trend seems to say it will continue to get better with each album.”

Alan went onto tell me that “I am very proud to have my name on the back of the civic hall “Wall of Fame” as part of the Wolverhampton/Black Country artists. My name now hangs behind the venue’s stage alongside other Midland big names including Led Zeppelin drummer Jon Bonham, Slade frontman Noddy Holder and Black Country Communion’s Glenn Hughes. I think I am still the youngest member on that wall up to date??”

Now if you are interested in seeing and hearing Magnum you will be pleased to note that Magnum will return to the Midlands on the 29th November to play one of their favourite local venues, The Robin 2 in Bilston. I am sure that Al would love to hear ‘Ashma Aye We’ rise from the floor of the Robin 2 on the 28 th November – Get your tickets early folks!

Alan I emigrated to Chattanooga in Tennessee, USA with my wife Rachael in 2016.

He return many times a year to record with Magnum & also to tour. He told me that “I am always pleased to get the chance to visit my old haunts. Local pubs, see friends & family who still live locally. Wednesfield and Ashmore Park. The area  holds some fond memories and it`s always nice to visit..oh & have a cuppa with my mum.”


Last chart positions for “Lost on the Road To Eternity”

#1     UK – Indie Charts

#2     Sweden – Hard Rock Charts

#4     Sweden – Vinyl Charts

#8     Germany – Album Charts

#8     Switzerland – Album Charts

#8     UK – Update Charts

#9     UK – Vinyl Charts

#9     UK – Physical Charts

#9     UK – Scottish Charts

#11   UK – Sales Charts

#15   UK – Album Charts

#22   Austria – Album Charts

#23   Sweden – Album Charts

#30   UK – Download Charts

Summer Tour

26/1/18, Giants Of Rock, Minehead – UK

20/2/18, Trinity, Bristol – UK

21/2/18, Tramshed, Cardiff – UK

23/2/18, Picturedrome, Holmfirth – UK

24/2/18, Academy 2, Manchester – UK

25/2/18, CITY HALL, Hull – UK

26/2/18, Garage, Aberdeen – UK

27/2/18, Garage, Glasgow – UK

01/3/18, Limelight, Belfast – UK

04/3/18, Preston Guildhall, Preston – UK

05/3/18, Rock City, Nottingham – UK

07/3/18, Assembly, Leamington – UK

08/3/18, Junction, Cambridge – UK

09/3/18, Islington Assembly Hall, London – UK

11/3/18, Engine Room, Southampton – UK

12/3/18, Old Market, Brighton – UK

14/3/18, Gebr de Nobel, Leiden – NL

16/3/18, Fryshuset Klubben, Stockholm – SE

17/3/18, John Dee, Oslo – NO

18/3/18, Sticky Fingers, Gothenburg – SE

19/3/18, KB, MalmoE – SE

21/3/18, Ampere, Munich – DE

23/3/18, Hirsch, Nurnberg – DE

24/3/18, Colos-Saal, Aschaffenburg – DE

25/3/18, Columbia Theatre, BerliN – DE

27/3/18, Harmonie, Bonn – DE

28/3/18, Wizemann, Stuttgart – DE

29/3/18, Jazzhaus, Freiburg – DE

31/3/18, Live Club Barmen, Wuppertal – DE

01/4/18, De Pul, Uden – NL

03/4/18, Werk 2, Leipzig – DE

04/4/18, Fabrik, Hamburg – DE

05/4/18, Aladin, Bremen – DE

07/4/18, Neuruppin, Kulturhaus – DE

08/4/18, KLUB KUZINIA, Bydgoszcz – PO

10/4/18, Nova Chemelnice, Prague – CZ

11/4/18, Kaminwerk, Memmingen – DE

12/4/18, Z7, Pratteln – CH

13/4/18, Legend, Milan – IT

15/4/18, Bikini, Barcelona – ES

16/4/18, But, Madrid – ES

19/4/18, Birmingham Symphony Hall – UK

Winter Tour

18/11/18, Zeche, Bochum – DE

19/11/18, Batschkapp, Frankfurt – DE

20/11/18, Spectrum, Ausburg – DE

22/11/18, Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh – UK

23/11/18, Winterstorm, Troon – UK

24/11/18, Riverside, Newcastle – UK

25/11/18, Plug,Sheffield – UK

27/11/18, Waterfront, Norwich – UK

28/11/18, Robin2, BIlston – UK

30/11/18, Gargarin, Athens – GR

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Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more