The Manfreds bring Maximum Rhythm N' Blues to The Alban Arena

PUBLISHED: 12:33 31 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:33 31 October 2016

The Manfreds will be appearing live at The Alban Arena in St Albans

The Manfreds will be appearing live at The Alban Arena in St Albans

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5-4-3-2-1... The Manfreds will spearhead the Maximum Rhythm N' Blues tour coming to St Albans.

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Maximum Rhythm N’ Blues with The Manfreds and guests PP Arnold and Zoot Money can be seen at The Alban Arena on Thursday, November 17.

Though it may have started in America, there are many British artists that have come to define Rhythm & Blues music, and this will be celebrated in a tour starring original 60s luminaries The Manfreds.

Featuring a line-up consisting of original Manfred Mann frontman Paul Jones and Mike d’Abo, along with founding member Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness, The Manfreds reformed 25 years ago, with Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie also joining.

In the 60s, the band enjoyed huge success with songs such as Do Wah Diddy, Pretty Flamingo, Sha La La, Mighty Quinn and, of course, 5-4-3-2-1.

As well as performing these on the tour, they will also perform tracks that brought them success as individual artists, such as the Mike d’Abo penned Build Me Up Buttercup, which was a smash hit for The Foundations, as well as Handbags and Gladrags, which was a single most notably for Rod Stewart, as well as Stereophonics, whose version is synonymous with soundtracking the opening credits of Ricky Gervais’ comedy The Office.

The Maximum Rhythm N’ Blues tour will also feature very special guests PP Arnold and Zoot Money.

UK soul pioneer PP was one of the original Ikettes with the Ike and Tina Turner Experience before being noticed by Mick Jagger.

She was catapulted to solo stardom with hits such as The First Cut Is The Deepest and Angel Of The Morning.

The outrageous Zoot Money is the founder of the The Big Roll Band, famous for their single Big Time Operator, and one of the prime fixtures of the infamous Flamingo Club in Wardour Street – the epicentre of the birth of British RnB music in the swinging 60s.

The Alban Arena concert starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £28.50 and £26.50.

• To book tickets, visit the Alban Arena box office on 01727 844488 or visit the website www.alban-arena.co.uk

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