Cambridge Corn Exchange
A sold-out venue with not a mullet in sight and a ‘mature’ audience, more gender mixed than anticipated and extremely well-behaved were in progressive heaven as Marillion ran through most of FEAR and a good range of older tracks; their “earlier incarnation” was represented by the final encore in which the crowd (those who knew the words) filled in; love those retro-synth sounds. Two and half hours flew by as this complex music (with all sorts of nods to recent sounds, trip-hop, etc.) was performed with tightness and (relative) economy and taste compared top how it COULD be. The show was very nice visually, and well-integrated to the songs and lead vocalist Steve Hogarth’s performance. Sound was pretty damn good, as you’d hope. Vocals could have been a little more up, IMHO, but mostly very clear.
As above. Silent and rapt in the music, and not pissing around on their phones. not too many TRUE FANS having to do their sclerotic shuffle in front of those sitting down. Nice people being friendly to strangers, it was almost like a private party. One thing: middle-aged men drinking beer at gigs: don’t; the dodgy prostates mean they are up and down, in and out, and it annoys everyone else, and means we all have to get up and down when our knees are getting less good at that kind of thing.
It made me think..
I’ve been a bit bored at big heritage progressive rock concerts in the past few years; their songs are played to death and they don’t have new ones worth bothering with; the staging is formulaic. Marillion seem to be trying, and that they could produce decent albums 27 years apart (“Brave” and “FEAR”) is rather more than any of the 1st division progressive bands achieved in their short imperial periods. The old lazy analogies of Marillion to Genesis, are unfair; post-Fish Marillion are a far better band than post-Gabriel Genesis ever were. Wish they’d changed their name back then to create clear blue water between the old and new bands, as the newer Marillion were a different act.