Review: The Manfreds at The Kings Theatre, Southsea

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The Lounge Kittens are Zan Lawther, Timia Gwendoline and Jenny Deacon. Picture by Paul Harries.

These kittens may have claws – but they’ll still be plenty of fun

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There are a few bands still doing the rounds from the 1960s and most it has to be said are showing their age rather more than The Manfreds.

Four sixties veterans form the backbone of this metamorphosis of Manfred Mann - and their energy and enthusiasm belie the fact that they are all now in their seventies as they deliver hits that first felt needle on vinyl 50 years ago.

Local-lad-made-good Paul Jones and Mike D’Abo do the honours up front as Tom McGuinness provides the riffs and Mike Hugg the keyboards to singalong classics such as Doo-Wah-Diddy, 5-4-3-2-1 and Pretty Flamingo, which sandwich a briliant mid-show acoustic set.

All too soon the encore arrives in the shape of If You Gotta Go, Go Now.

‘....or else you gotta stay all night’ the audiences choruses. Oh that we could have.

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