I was lucky enough to grab a bit of time with metal/disco legend Mo’Royce after Tragedy’s earth-shaking set at Audio recently.
It’s been a while since the band were in Glasgow, so what have they been up to in the last three years that excuses their absence? Mo’Royce details the history of Tragedy, how the band came together and what led to their choice of genre.
Also, what makes a good cover and does every song that Tragedy wants to perform work for them? What led to their decision to cover Ozzy’s Crazy Train as a soft rock song, a reversal of their usual tactics?
Mo’Royce’s appreciation for the band’s source material and the Bee Gees in particular comes through really well in what he says. It’s very obvious from talking to him that the Bee Gees aren’t, to him, a “joke band” in a way they became during the 80’s, but an incredible group of work-horses who produced a staggering number of hits both for themselves and for other artists. Tragedy, despite their comedy trappings, genuinely aim to pay homage to the Brothers Gibb.
Oh, and where did Lance come from? And more importantly, why the hell haven’t the band managed to get rid of him after all this time?
There may be a fair amount of plugging for the new album, but that’s deserved as it’s awesome. A review will be up soon!
Tragedy are, to me, up there with Hayseed Dixie in terms of fun, musicianship and appreciation of their source material. They are a superb live act and their albums show them off well. They’re also great guys to share a beer with after a gig.
Thanks to Mo’Royce for his time – after a long day on the road with the trip from Nottingham – and to the rest of the band for a great show.