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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