This Live Madness band are truly One Step BEHIND the originaland are the UK’s premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band. Formed in spring 1993, the band achieved widespread recognition in an unusually short time, playing venues the length and breadth of Britain including the Marquee Club in London & the Venue in New Cross.
Jaunts into Europe and beyond are also common place. Members of Madness have joined this Live Madness Tribute Band on stage on a number of occasions. Sax player Lee Thompson has played a few times commenting the band were “Tight as a ducks arse” and “Brilliant”
Lee is also quoted as saying that this Live Madness tribute band were “single handily keeping the good ship Madness afloat”. Drummer Dan “Woody” Woodgate joined the band on stage for “One Step Beyond” and told the boys he thought they were amazing. “That’s exactly what we used to be like – you’ve got it to a tee!” he said. Fine praise indeed! And he could not believe the keyboard playing used no overdubs and was all being played live!
This fantastic Madness tribute band have also appeared on television a number of times. Singer Ian Soulsby made an appearance on “Stars In Their Eyes” in the 1990s while the whole band appeared on children’s Saturday morning show SMTV (with Ant & Dec!) in 1998 performing their version of “Driving In My Car”.
This brilliant Madness tribute band also featured on the “Tribute Band Night” programme, filmed in Rotterdam and broadcast on Dutch TV in 2004 (see video clip) and performed at the 2006 Proms party in Hyde Park, London. The band performed to around 50,000 people and a television audience in the millions!
Each member of this Live Madness Tribute Band grew up as a Madness fan and perfecting his portrayal of his original Madness counterpart has been a labour of love. They strive to match every detail of the original, both musically and in appearance. Like Madness, these boys are well known for their on-stage antics with which they build up an authentic ‘Nutty’ atmosphere. This is the band’s philosophy – to carry forward the mad mantle into the 21st Century and beyond.
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