Magnum keyboardist, Mark Stanway, left the band after 36 years. He made a statement about his departure: “Due to irrevocable circumstances, I am deeply saddened to announce that I have made one of the most difficult decisions in my life – I have officially left Magnum.
“I apologise to anyone who was maybe hoping to see me personally over the next few days, but sadly I will not be there. However, I should like it known, that, I am and will remain extremely proud to have been a small part of it all for the past 36 years or so and wish the band and organisation all the best for the future.
“I will of course firmly remain in music and hope to see many of you a little further down the road.” Stanway, who has also worked with Robert Plant and Phil Lynott’s Grand Slam,  joined Magnum in 1982 for the album “Chase The Dragon” and made an immediate impact with his playing making songs like “Sacred Hour” fan favorites.