A great read about a great band!,
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This review is from: Runaway Dreams: The Story of Mama's Boys and Celtus (Paperback)
I was fortunate enough to catch Mama's Boys on Thin Lizzy's UK tour in '83, and then again (more by way of luck than design!) with the Scorpions in '84. Both gigs left an enormous lasting impression on me in that, even after all these years, I still play the albums from time to time (and will somebody PLEASE re-issue Plug it in & Turn it up on CD, with extra tracks if possible!!).
It is difficult to pin down what it was about them that gabbed you, as they were apparently just another loud heavy rock band doing the rounds weren't they? Well, actually no, they weren't! There was a certain something about them, as their rural Irish background was not the usual rock scene that had influenced many of the bands around them. This, along with a huge amount of energy, talent, and the odd bit of violin, set Mama's Boys apart from the rest - I still get goose bumps every time I hear Runaway Dreams, as it takes me back to a magical evening in 1983, watching Pat, John & the very under-rated and very sadly missed Tommy blasting this one out...fabulous!
As to the book, well, if you are a fan like the author obviously is, then what are you waiting for!! Even if you are not a fan, this is a great (and sometimes heart breaking) story of a great band with talent, who should have gone soooo much further than fate allowed. This was a fantastic read, and I found out lots of stuff that I didn't know (..and I thought I did!!). I had this for Christmas, and had finished it within 2 days - I couldn't put it down!
At last some bright spark has had the good sense to bring out a book on this great band. I hope this helps them get the recognition they deserve!