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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