Manfred Mann returns to Earth

There are only a handful rock bands that have enjoyed two more distinct, yet successful phases of their career. Fleetwood Mac comes to mind, with their bluesheavy, Peter Green-led lineup of the late 1960s that morphed into the tuneful pop mega-band of the Lindsay Buckingham/Stevie Nicks era.

And how could anyone forget The Bee Gees, who transformed from endearing pop warblers into falsetto disco kings? In the current century, look no further than Darius Rucker, who transformed from the throaty lead singer of slacker rockers Hootie & the Blowfish into a cowboy-hatted country superstar.

Not as dramatic as any of those examples but perhaps the pioneers in the field of musical reinvention is Manfred Mann Earth Band, who are coming to Israel on Monday for a show at the Wohl Amphitheater in Tel Aviv. In the mid-1960s, the band was simply known as Manfred Mann, named after its Jewish founder, keyboardist (born Manfred Lubowitz).


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