Former American recording artists MANMADE GOD reformed for a Bay Area appearance last night (Saturday, July 21) at the New Parish in Oakland, California. It marked the first time all four members played together since January 2005 when they abruptly and unexpectedly called it a day.
Fan-filmed video footage of last night’s concert can be seen below.
MANMADE GOD‘s self-titled debut album was released in 2004 under Rick Rubin‘s guidance while co-produced by Brian Joeseph Dobbs and later mixed by Sean Beavan. The CD was acclaimed by fans and critics but extremely underexposed and not properly supported after its release. That turned into the frustration that led to their inevitable breakup.
Singer Pann Reed, guitarist Craig Locicero (FORBIDDEN, SPIRALARMS), bassist James Walker (formerly of SPIRALARMS) and drummer Steve Jacobs (formerly of FORBIDDEN and former SPIRALARMS) got into the same room together and felt at ease with one another immediately. There was undeniable chemistry.
Commented Locicero: “Sometimes emotions are painful things to bury and other times it helps to dig them up. MANMADE GOD reforming for this show has been nothing but therapeutic for me. It feels great mostly because how quickly everything ended the first time. We feel we wrote music from our souls for everybody else to enjoy as much as we did making it. I’m very fortunate to have a lot of great music in my life and believe there is always room for more with my bros.”
Added Reed: “I feel like the time is right. We are all mature enough to really enjoy the experience that lays before us… All of it, in all of its complexities and forms. It’s good to have my brothers back by my side.”