Manchester Bridgewater Hall
Taking to the stage the band are joined by a six piece ensemble for what is to be a Marillion and Friends from the Orchestra evening. If anyone thought that this would see things taking a sedate turn then those ideas were soon put aside as the band launch into a full on version of Gaza from Sounds That Can’t Be Made. This is followed by Afraid of Sunlight (one of my favorites) and Seasons End which was introduced as a song written 30 years ago about a subject that only now seems to be making the news. Estonia with an introduction telling the story of how it came to be written after a chance meeting with the sole UK survivor is as beautifully haunting as always and makes way for Hollow Man along with background projections of certain politicians – Hello Mr Gove – before the centerpiece of the main set The New Kings from last Studio album F.E.A.R. I can’t claim to have listened to FEAR more than a handful of times but on the evidence of tonight I’m inclined to go back and give it another chance. Then its The Sky above the » Continue Reading.