MAGNUM – New single ‘On Christmas Day’ Released November 17th prior to December UK Tour

MAGNUM – New single ‘On Christmas Day’ Released November 17th prior to December UK Tour


Supreme British melodic hard rock group Magnum are set to release a poignant new single, ‘On Christmas Day’, commemorating 100 years since Xmas Day 1914, when both the Germans and English called temporary truces so that they could mingle and play football matches in ‘no man’s land’ during World War 1. ‘On Christmas Day’ will be released as a three track digital single, containing a long version and radio edit of the song, plus a brand new studio track, ‘Born To Be King’, on Steamhammer / SPV on November 17th. A limited edition of one thousand 10” vinyl singles will also be available.


Magnum, whose latest studio album ‘Escape From The Shadow Garden’ crashed in to the top 40 of the UK national album chart on release in March this year, then play the following December UK tour dates:-


1st December    CAMBRIDGE Junction

2nd December   SHEFFIELD The Corporation

3rd December    PRESTON 53 Degrees

4th December    MIDDLESBOROUGH Empire

5th December    BILSTON Robin 2

7th December    PORTHCAWL, WALES Planet RockStock (headline)


Guitarist and songwriter Tony Clarkin reveals how it all happened; “It was Olly Hahn at SPV/Steamhammer who said that he had 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; 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.”

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MAGNUM – New single ‘On Christmas Day’ Released November 17th prior to December UK Tour