Well here we are in September and an update on what has been happening is surely long overdue!
Since we last posted here we've all had our summer break and returned to live action by playing a sold out gig the other week there at The Dreadnought in Bathgate. The place was packed to the rafters and a great night was had by all.
Last weekend saw us play in 2 venues in areas we hadn't played in previously. It was a pretty unique experience playing in a working church on Friday night in Farncombe, but St John's was a lovely setting for a gig and made for a somewhat different vibe. I think everyone was on their best behaviour during the first half and it was certainly unusual to see the crowd in church pews! However, before long everyone was on their feet clapping along and singing and by the end of the gig people were standing on the pews! Brilliant!
Saturday night's gig at Huntingdon Hall in Worcester was similarly "unique", in that the venue was a converted church, which retained many of the original architecture, including the pulpit and the pews! Again, this made for an interesting vibe but people soon abandoned the seats and got fully into it with plenty of singing, jumping around and clapping! Just the way we like it!
Next up is Steve Rothery's solo album launch party/gig this coming Saturday 20th September in Tring, where Martin willl be singing a few Fish era numbers.
Following that will be our gig in Ruislip on Saturday 11th October. Having played there twice before, we are expecting another very busy night with a particularly boisterous and vocal crowd. This gig will feature all tracks from the Fugazi album plus the usual heady mixture of Fish era material. We'll also be fulfilling a promise made there last year to play a certain early epic beginning with "G" on our return this year!
After the Ruislip gig Martin will be heading off to join the Steve Rothery Band for their European tour, which takes in Denmark, Germany, Holland, France, Belgium, Spain and the UK. Full details of all the dates and venues can be found at http://www.marillion.com/tour.
When Martin returns from his travels, we have a return to The Railway in Bolton on the 22nd November, a favourite venue of the band. We then have gigs in Glasgow (at Ivory Blacks on Friday 30th January 2015) and in Swindon (at The Vic on Saturday 31st January). The Glasgow and Swindon gigs will mark the end of our 'Totally Fugazi' gigs celebrating the 30th anniversary of said album. After that it'll be on to our 2015 gigs celebrating the 30th anniversary of the masterpiece that is Misplaced Childhood. More on those next time.
Small matters of Fugazi 2014 and the Steve Rothery Band
We are halfway through the 30th anniversary year of the FUGAZI album. The year started with a bang as we SOLD OUT our first show of 2014 at The Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh. This was an amazing, atmospheric night with the band on top form and a very enthusiastic and appreciative crowd who sang their hearts out to the anthems and crowd pleasers while listening intently to more in depth tracks such as She Chameleon.
Since then we have been at regular haunts such as The Railway in Bolton that always provides a great night and most recently we played our first gig at The Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton, this was a great success with people travelling from as far as Barcelona!!
We are now on a small summer break but already looking forward to the gigs coming up at The Dreadnought Rock in Bathgate and an interesting weekend at two unique venues, St. John's Church in Farncombe, near Guildford, Surrey and Huntingdon Hall in Worcester. We will also be returning to regular haunts like The Railway in Bolton and The Tropic in Ruislip. All details of gigs are available on this site.
We also have some very exciting news regarding our singer Martin. As many of you will know Marillion.s own guitar legend himself Mr Steven Rothery is releasing his long-awaited instrumental solo album later in the year. To support this he will be embarking on a European tour on Oct/Nov. We are pleased to say that Steve has asked Martin to accompany him as guest vocalist across the tour. Martin will perform on a few guest tracks at the end of each night.
This is a great opportunity for Martin to further show his vocal capabilities to a wider audience and the rest of the band wish Martin all the best for this venture and would also like to thank Steve for giving him the opportunity.
Mark, Stephen, Kevin, Barrie and Martin
Happy New Year to all from all of us here at StillMarillion!
Well, as we stride into 2014, let's take a moment to reflect on 2013. Building on the success we had in 2012, things kicked up another notch last year with some truly memorable gigs.
Having elected to arrange a gig in Wolverhampton on the Saturday afternoon of Marillion's UK convention in April, we were thrilled when none other than Mr Steve Rothery offered to come along and play a couple of numbers with us on the day (you can find the video footage of Steve playing Chelsea Monday and Incubus with us below). A true gentlemen, it was an honour and a privilege to have him join us. A massive turnout for the gig meant the atmosphere was incredible and, having offered to donate all profits to the gig to a charity of Marillion's choosing, we also managed to raise a very healthy sum for Help For Heroes, a charity which helps British servicemen and women who have been wounded serving their country in areas of conflict. A fantastic afternoon and the day was rounded off in grand style as we were invited to attend Marillion's own performance of their iconic Brave album in the evening. A top weekend for sure.
In turn, Steve Rothery invited Martin to sing a set of classic Fish era material with him at a solo gig in Zoetermeer in Holland, later in the year, which was another great success.
There are too many 2013 highlights to mention here, but it was a great year all round for us. As the Script For A Jester's Tear album celebrated its 30th anniversary, we elected to play all tracks from the album at many of our gigs, meaning both Chelsea Monday and The Web were added to our repertoire, both receiving enthusiastic crowd responses.
So what does 2014 hold for StillMarillion? Well given that the Fugazi album celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, what better way to celebrate this fact than by performing this album in its entirety at a number of our upcoming gigs, starting with our Edinburgh gig on Saturday 15th February. Rehearsals are already underway for this gig, which will see rarely performed tracks such as Emerald Lies and She Chameleon played, along with all the classics you normally expect from us.
Gigwise we have confirmed dates for Edinburgh, Bolton, Gateshead, Wolverhampton, Ruislip and Bathgate, with more to follow. Check out the Live page for full details of dates and venues.
That's all for now, but one thing we can certainly promise in 2014 is that our gigs will be "totally Fugazi"! See you out there on the road.
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