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So quickly did they begin to win over their live audiences that soon they were invited to support almost every rock band that came to Belfast or Dublin. By this time, the brothers had released their first self financed album called “The Official Bootleg”. It was really just a demo that had been pressed onto vinyl and sold at their gigs. 1981 Mamas Boys were invited to tour the U.K. with Hawkwind. In 1982 the band released their second album “Plug It In” which gained great reviews and spurned the hit single “Needle in The Groove”. Record labels were by now fighting over the band and this saw “Plug it in” repackaged and re-released in the U.K. by Ultranoise and by Virgin in France. Apart from headlining their own shows the band toured with Wishbone Ash and in 1983 they released their third album -Turn it Up-. By now the band were so popular that Phil Lynott personally asked them if they would be his support band on Thin Lizzys’ farewell tour which also included a slot at Reading Rock.
This is where they were spotted by Jive Records who signed the band on a
world wide deal (except France where they were still signed to Virgin).
Mamas Boys first release for Jive was the self titled “Mamas Boys” album.
It was whilst signed to Jive that Pat first began to work as a session man
for other artists which included a very wide range of acts such as John
Parr, Tricky and Samantha Fox. (Pat is responsible for the guitar work on
her hit single ‘Touch Me’ and she also covered a Mamas Boys song ‘Spirit
Two years passed before Mamas Boys returned with a new album “Growing Up The Hard Way”, a new polished sound and a new singer. In 1989 Connor McKeon was picked from over 500 applicants and the boys again headed out on tour in Ireland with ex- Deep Purple and Rainbow keyboard man Don Airey helping them out. The tour finished with a sell out date at the Marquee club in London. Connor, who had obviously been hit by the fame bug, then decided he wanted to pursue a solo career and soon the long process of finding another singer began again.
In 1990 the boys returned with their fourth singer in as many years – Mike Wilson and another European tour was completed. In 1991 a live album “Live Tonight” was released on the Music for Nations label and the whole year was spent touring. In 1992 what would prove to be Mamas Boys last album “Relativity” was released on the CTM label. During an extensive European tour Mike Wilson met an air hostess, fell in love and walked out on the band. By this time the three brothers had had enough. As Tommy’s health had deteriorated they decided to split the band, only for Barry Hearn to ask them if he could use one of their songs from “Relativety” to promote a boxing match.
The band came back with a second guitarist and a new name “The
Government”. The single “Judgement Day” was released and a showcase was
performed for record company bosses in London on the 3 rd of August 1993.
Unfortunately Tommy was too ill to perform and after the gig “The
Government” project was put on the back burner. Then something
extraordinary happened. Due to the pressure the band had been under they
had over looked the fact that Mamas Boys had been booked to play three
shows in Switzerland in December of that year and as the contracts had
been signed, the shows had to be honoured. On the 18 th of December 1993
at the Fuchs Rain Halle in Mohlin, Pat, John - back on vocals, Tommy and
keyboard man Alan Williams played as Mamas Boys for the last time.
When home in Ireland Pat began work as a session man and soon began
teaching music. After a while a local band who had just lost their
guitarist called “The Painkillers” approached Pat and asked him if he
could help them out for a few gigs. After a bit of persuasion Pat agreed
and soon he had the bug again and “Pat McManus and The Painkillers” began
touring the length of Ireland. During late 2003 while working on their
album “Blue Flowers” at Mid Atlantic studios in Enniskillen, Pat became a
full time member of Sligo band “Indian” For the next year and a half Pat
toured with both bands “Indian” and “The Painkillers”. In February 2005
Pat decided a more professional approach was needed and left "The
Painkillers" and in April of that year returned with a completely new
band. "Pat McManus and Hi-Voltage" played their first gig in Cavan on the
1st of April 2005 and toured extensively throughout Ireland for the next
couple of years. In 2007 Pat recorded his first solo album "In My Own
Time" which gained fantastic reviews in the press and was also released
throughout Europe by Bad Reputation Records of France complete with a
In 2009 Pat, Paul and Gordon extensively toured throughout Europe,
returning to the well established venues and many new ones. This included
several festivals such as 'The Harley Davidson Festival' in ST.Tropez,
'Rock The Wolves' in Switzerland, 'The Guitar Festival' in Corsica,
'ST.Julian Guitar Festival' in Geneva and 'Raismes Fest' in France. At the
'Raismes Fest' a live DVD was filmed, which was released in March 2010.
The band also collaborated with guests Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash' and
Bernie Marsden formerly of 'Whitesnake' and 'Alaska'. Although continually
touring the band recorded a second studio CD, which was launched in Paris
and Dublin in September 2009. Titled '2pm' the CD showcases 14 new tracks
written by Pat and all the reviews have been positive and complimentary.
2010 is set to be another great year for the 'PMB', with a packed tour
schedule ahead, more possible collaborations and a third album already
started, with a projected release date of October 2010. Wonderful CD with
The name: “Walking trough shadows”