Mama’s Boys at Earthquake Festival 1985, De Kegelaar, Kaatsheuvel, The Netherlands, 23rd March 1985
This hard rockin' trio of brothers coming from Northern Ireland was a family occasion.
Pat (guitar, vocals), John (bass), and Tommy McManus (drums) were coming from a musical family who had their roots in traditional Irish music, but these boys chose for a harder edged, more heavy metal approach. The year 1983 was a very promising year for the band, and they had the possibility to tour as support act on Thin Lizzy’s farewell tour. Also playing the same year at the Reading Rock Festival, and signing with Jive Records for a world wide record deal.
The first single on the new label was their cover of Slade's "Mama We’re All Crazee Now" which reached number 54 in the American charts, and the accompanying video received lots of airplay on MTV. Unfortunately, this small success was soon over taken by Quiet Riot’s version.
Their participation in this festival was part of their European (promotion) tour to coincide with the recent release of their “Power and Passion (1985)” album. Later that year, this album broke into the Billboard top 100 in the US and gave the band the possibility to tour in the US and Japan.
Things were happening for this band, they had well crafted songs with good hook-lines and all the ingredients for a break through. Their follow up album “Growing Up the Hard Way (1987)” did pretty well in Europe, but failed in the U.S. After that, Mama’s Boys disappeared into obscurity.