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Marillion to release live album ‘With Friends At St David’s’ in July

Marillion will release their new live album “With Friends At St David’s” on On July 23rd, The show was recorded in Cardiff in November 2019.

It all started with the release of “With Friends From The Orchestra” in 2019, when Marillion teamed up with “In Praise of Folly”, a string quartet accompanied by Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute), to record a stunning album full of re-arranged Marillion treasures.

That same year, Marillion took these very special versions on tour and even added a few more highlights like “Gaza” and “Zeperated Out” to the setlist, presenting them in a whole new light.

“With Friends At St David’s” is not only a visually and sonically remarkable live album, but also a dedication to crossing musical boundaries and making “friends” outside of one genre and musical universe. The DVD and Blu-ray of this release offer even more, as they come with the previously unreleased documentary “Making Friends”, which shows Marillion in the studio during the making of “With Friends From The Orchestra”.

With this release, Marillion offer a special treat to the fans and sweeten the wait for their new studio album currently in the works, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed and chart-topping “F*** Everyone And Run (F E A R)”.

Steve Hogarth about the album and tour: “Possibly our favourite ever tour. A chance for us to occasionally pause and lose ourselves in our six “classical” musicians interpreting our Producer Mike’s beautiful arrangements, bringing another emotional dimension, and often a playful joy to our music.”

“Seasons End”, originally from 1989’s album of the same name, is the first song to be revealed from this album along with an official video that grants an exclusive peak into a special and emotional evening, recorded on the 16th November 2019 during the Friends From The Orchestra Tour.

The official video can be watched on Marillion’s official Youtube channel:

 

“With Friends From The Orchestra” is going to be released on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 3LP Gatefold(180g), Ltd. Coloured 3LP (Violet transparent), DVD and Blu-ray on July 23rd, 2021.

Pre-order “With Friends At St David’s” here: https://Marillion.lnk.to/StDavids

TRACKLIST
Gaza
Beyond You
Seasons End
Estonia
The Hollow Man
The New Kings
The Sky Above The Rain
Zeperated Out
Ocean Cloud
Fantastic Place
This Strange Engine

VIDEO BONUS-CONTENT

Man Of 1000 Faces (Live In Paris)
Estonia (Promo Film)
You’re Gone (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
Power (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
A Collection (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
Making Friends (Documentary) – only on Blu-ray

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Marillion reveal dates for Marillion Weekends 2022 and update news on the new album.

Marillion have revealed the dates for the Marillion Weekends for 2022.

The dates and locations are:
Łódź, Poland – 8th – 10th April 2022
Stockholm, Sweden – 20th – 22nd May 2022
Leicester, UK – 27th – 29th May 2022
Lisbon, Portugal – 10th – 12th June 2022
Montreal, Canada – 1st – 3rd July 2022
Info and tickets are available at: www.marillionweekend.com

The band also shared info on their Facebook page on the new album that is in the works saying: “The new album is coming along very well. All the songs are written and arranged and we’ll be away this week at Real World utilizing the amazing acoustic spaces and first-rate equipment. We know it’s been a long time coming, but we haven’t compromised the quality of the new work, and we’re hoping you’ll agree when you hear it that it’s quite something.”

The band continued with this message on their Facebook page.
“As you will see, we are only announcing the dates and cities right now. Full details of venues and ticket prices will be added over the next few weeks and we will announce in advance when ticket sales will start for each one – hopefully by the end of this Summer.
Please note that we will also have ticket and accommodation packages available for the Stockholm weekend ONLY. Details will follow in due course.
We hope that this will help with your holiday plans for next year!
Very sad that we can’t do Port Zelande in March 2022 owing to the lack of Covid insurance available for such a big self-funded event.
But we are pleased to say that we have already booked Center Parcs for 2023 and the weekend will take place from the 16th – 20th March 2023.
Hopefully the plague will be a distant memory by then and we can all enjoy our traditional flagship family-weekend of music in Holland by the sea, once again.
Love and hugs,
H, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve”

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Cruise to the Edge 2022 artist lineup revealed with Marillion, Alan Parsons, Transatlantic, & Al DiMeola headlining

Cruise To The Edge, progressive rock’s largest festival at sea is set to return in 2022 with it’s biggest cruise ever! The official artist lineup has been announced and includes the largest number of acts to sail the prog seas. The 5-night cruise sails from Port Canaveral, Florida, May 2nd – 7th, 2022, aboard the Royal Caribbean Mariner of the Seas visiting the Private Isle of Labadee and the Perfect Day at CocoCay. Reservations will reopen next Wednesday, June 9th, at Noon Eastern.

Headlined by prog legends Marillion, Alan Parsons, Transatlantic and Al DiMeola, the event features some of the world’s greatest prog-rock musical artists. The lineup also includes returning acts Riverside, Saga, The Flower Kings, Adrian Belew, Haken, Pendragon and many more, alongside debuts by Al Stewart, King’s X, McStine and Minnemann, Pattern-Seeking Animals, and more.  The Prog Report’s Roie Avin and long-time CTTE host Jon Kirkman will host the event.

Beyond the sun, fun, and exquisite dining, there will be artist/cruiser photo experiences, Q&A sessions, special theme nights and other events designed to optimize the artist/fan experience. This year will once again feature the unprecedented CTTE Late Night Live, where fans can sign up to showcase their own musical talents.

The newly amped up Mariner of the Seas is packed with more ways to play on the most maxed-out short getaway ever. When the sun goes down, the night heats up with epic prog performances on stages throughout the vessel. Combined with some of the best food and service afloat, Cruise to the Edge is truly the greatest prog-rock show on earth and is a can’t-miss event for prog enthusiasts throughout the world.

Visit https://cruisetotheedge.com/ for more info and to book a reservation.

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Album Review: TRANSATLANTIC – The Absolute Universe

TRANSATLANTIC - The Absolute UniverseInside Out  [Release date: 5 February 2021] Supergroups – don’t you just love them? Remember, back in the day, when England used to play various sporting matches against “The Rest Of The World”? England always won because they all knew … Continue reading

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Top 10 Prog Concept Albums

Perhaps no other debate is as highly argued in the world of prog rock as ‘which is the greatest concept album?’  We have put together what we think is a collection of some of the best including a few recent releases.  Which is your favorite?

 

10. Marillion – Misplaced Childhood (1985)

Misplaced Childhood is the third studio album by Marillion. This was the group’s first full concept album, featuring thematic elements of lost love, sudden success, acceptance, and lost childhood, along with an upbeat ending. It also features the band’s biggest hit to date “Kayleigh.” It remains one of the group’s most celebrated releases.

 

9. Ayeron – The Human Equation (2004)

The Human Equation is the sixth album from the progressive rock project Ayreon by Dutch musician Arjen Anthony Lucassen. The album takes place almost entirely in the mind of a character called Me (played by James LaBrie of Dream Theater) who is in a coma after a car accident, with each song consisting of one day spent in coma. It features guest appearances from several musicians, Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth, Eric Clayton of Saviour Machine, and Devin Townsend.

 

8. Neal Morse Band – The Similitude of a Dream (2016)

The Similitude of a Dream is the second album from the Neal Morse Band, another Neal Morse/Mike Portnoy group featuring Eric Gillette, Bill Hubauer, and Randy George.  Using the Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress as the backdrop, the group weave various styles, themes, and share vocals, culminating in an epic climax for what Portnoy calls ‘one of the best albums of his career.

 

7. Steven Wilson – Hand.Cannot.Erase. (2015)

Hand. Cannot. Erase. is the fourth solo studio album by Steven Wilson and his most successful release to date.  the concept and story are inspired by the case of Joyce Carol Vincent, where a woman living in a large city dies in her apartment and no one misses her for over three years, despite her having family and friends.  Performances by Guthrie Govan, Marco Minnemann, Nick Beggs, and Adam Holzman help elevate this stunning collection.

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Help pick the Top 20 Marillion songs by sending in your Top 3!

We are letting you guys pick the Top 20 Marillion Songs.  Let us know your Top 3 Marillion songs and we will compile the list in the end.  Enter your picks in the form below.

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Marillion to release special live album “With Friends At St David’s”

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On May 28th, Marillion will release their new live album “With Friends At St David’s“, recorded in Cardiff in November 2019.

It all started with the release of “With Friends From The Orchestra” in 2019, when Marillion teamed up with “In Praise of Folly”, a string quartet accompanied by Sam Morris (French Horn) and Emma Halnan (Flute), to record a stunning album full of re-arranged Marillion treasures.

That same year, Marillion took these very special versions on tour and even added a few more highlights like “Gaza” and “Zeperated Out” to the setlist, presenting them in a whole new light. “With Friends At St David’s” is not only a visually and sonically remarkable live album, but also a dedication to crossing musical boundaries and making “friends” outside of one genre and musical universe. The DVD and Blu-ray of this release offer even more, as they come with the previously unreleased documentary “Making Friends”, which shows Marillion in the studio during the making of “With Friends From The Orchestra”.

With this release, Marillion offer a special treat to the fans and sweeten the wait for their new studio album currently in the works, the follow-up to the critically acclaimed and chart-topping “F*** Everyone And Run (F E A R)”.

Steve Hogarth about the album and tour: “Possibly our favourite ever tour. A chance for us to occasionally pause and lose ourselves in our six “classical” musicians interpreting our Producer Mike’s beautiful arrangements, bringing another emotional dimension, and often a playful joy to our music.”

“Seasons End”, originally from 1989’s album of the same name, is the first song to be revealed from this album along with an official video that grants an exclusive peak into a special and emotional evening, recorded on the 16th November 2019 during the Friends From The Orchestra Tour.

“With Friends From The Orchestra” is going to be released on earMUSIC as CD Digipak, 3LP Gatefold (180g), Ltd. Coloured 3LP (Violet transparent), DVD and Blu-ray on May 28. Pre-order “With Friends At St David’s” now: https://Marillion.lnk.to/StDavids.

 

TRACKLIST

Gaza
Beyond You
Seasons End
Estonia
The Hollow Man
The New Kings
The Sky Above The Rain
Zeperated Out
Ocean Cloud
Fantastic Place
This Strange Engine

VIDEO BONUS-CONTENT 
Man Of 1000 Faces (Live In Paris)
Estonia (Promo Film)
You’re Gone (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
Power (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
A Collection (Live In Kensington) – only on Blu-ray
Making Friends (Documentary) – only on Blu-ray

 

 

 

Marillion - With Friends At St David’s

 

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Get your Prog Madness 2021 Bracket

After a successful tournament in 2020, Prog Madness is back. This year’s version puts some of the biggest names in the history or prog, both old and new, against each other. The 4 categories are Classic Era, Modern Era, Solo Artist, and Prog Metal. Voting begins on Monday.

Download your copy of the bracket here to fill out and share with your friends.
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Voting dates are as follows:

1st Round (64): March 15-18th

2nd Round (32): March 22nd-March 25th

3rd Round (16): March 29th/30th

4th Round (8): March 31st

5th Round (4): April 5th

Finals: April 6th

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Fish – Weltschmerz (Album Review)

by Geoff Bailie

Careers of rock stars end in many ways… someone once said: “Some of us go down in a blaze of obscurity. Some of us go down in a haze of publicity”. The author of that lyric, Derek Dick, aka Fish, has been on a path to “end well”, after an incredible career in music that spans more than 40 years. However a variety of circumstances- illness, bereavement, band changes, nevermind a global pandemic – have meant that the path has not been as straight or as smooth as he had anticipated.

A key element in this exit strategy was the creation of a final album – an opportunity for one more comment… a last word… an epitaph or perhaps a eulogy for his musical career. Describing himself as a writer who also sings, Fish is not known for hiding his true thoughts or feelings, but nevertheless the finality of this album meant he had a sharp focus on what he wants and needs to say. Farewell speeches don’t always make good art, so how does Weltschermz stack up?

Weltscmerz is crafted as an “old style” double album – two discs of approximately 42/43 minutes long, complete with complimentary artwork and lyrics (yes you can stream it too, but beware of missing out!). The title is a German word that means “world weariness” and, while it’s not a concept album in the narrative sense, this underlying theme, and Fish’s reflections on those aspects are the conceptual thread that runs through it. That might raise the question – is this a dark and depressing listen? In my opinion, the answer is that isn’t the case. It’s not an album of minor key moaning, but rather uses reality to find some elements of light in the darkness. For example, Walking on Eggshells, in which the subject is the challenging side of relationships (and by Fish’s own admission, draws from his personal experiences), has a joyful mid-section that combines 12-string guitar, swelling strings, a very proggy Moog lick, with the “she’s always there for you” refrain, bringing the underlying hope.

In the video interview on the deluxe set, Fish mentions that he didn’t shy away from prog elements, because they reflect a large part of his influences. For musical collaborators, Fish continues his partnership with Steve Vantsis as wingman, complemented with contributions from familiar friends, Robin Boult, Fos Patterson and John Mitchell, each of whom bring their own traits to the overall album.

The album has many delights to explore that a review couldn’t do justice to. If you’re after epics, there are two phenomenal story songs in Rose of Damascus and Waverley Steps. If you want to get personal, This Party’s Over is Fish calling himself out to deal with the issues he is facing , while The Prog Report Song of the Year winner, Garden of Remembrance will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s/ dementia. The opening The Grace of God has a rhythm inspired by the pulse and noise of the MRI scanner that Fish was subjected to, while closer Weltschmerz has the singer leading the charge to:

“Stand up to be counted, stand up to be heard
Stand up at the barricades, stand up for your world”

A special mention must be given to the format of choice for this release – the Deluxe version which adds a blu-ray with 5.1 mix, a making of video, videos for 4 of the songs and some live versions. It also includes an interview with Mark Wilkinson whose artwork accompanied the start and the end of Fish’s recorded career. The accompanying booklet contains 100 pages of his artwork, as well as lyrics and 8000 words of sleeve notes by Fish. Believe me – this isn’t a flick through / watch once package – it’s one you’ll reach for again and again!

“I’m a grey bearded warrior, a poet of no mean acclaim
My words are my weapons that I proffer with disdain”

If this truly is the end for the grey bearded warrior (and I’ve no reason to doubt that!), then it would be fitting to end with a good album. However this album is quite simply one of the best of his entire career – the music, lyrics, production and packaging are all absolutely first class. It seems appropriate that the peace sign-waving Market Square Hero leaves the stage with an album that stands head and shoulders with anything else in his career.

Released on September 25th, 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing
CD 1 (42:12)
1. Grace of God (8:19)
2. Man with a Stick (6:27)
3. Walking on Eggshells (7:18)
4. This Party’s Over (4:22)
5. Rose of Damascus (15:45)

CD 2 (42:18)
1. Garden of Remembrance (6:07)
2. C Song (The Trondheim Waltz) (4:41)
3. Little Man What Now? (10:54)
4. Waverley Steps (End of the Line) (13:45)
5. Weltschmerz (6:51)

Total Time 84:30

Line-up / Musicians
– Fish / vocals

With:
– Steve Vantsis / bass, keyboards, guitars, programming
– Robin Boult / guitar
– John Mitchell / guitar
– Craig Blundell / drums
– Dave Stewart / drums
– David Jackson / saxophone
– Liam Homes / keyboards
– Foss Paterson / keyboards
– Doris Brendel / backing vocals
– Mikey Owers / brass
– Scottish Chamber Orchestra / strings

https://fishmusic.scot/store/albums/weltschmerz/17

 

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Top 5 Marillion Songs with Mark Kelly

Keyboardist Mark Kelly of Marillion joins the podcast to talk about his new solo project and album Mark Kelly’s Marathon and pick his top 5 favorite Marillion songs.

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Mark Kelly’s Marathon is available as a Limited and Numbered CD+DVD digipak (incl. the Marathon “Real World Session”), vinyl gatefold, CD digipak and digital through EarMusic.

Mark Kelly: Mark Kelly’s Marathon
1. Amelia
i) Shoreline
ii) Whistling at the Sea
iii) 13 Bones
2. When I Fell
3. This Time
4. Puppets
5. Twenty Fifty One:
i) Search
ii) Arrival
iii) Trail of Tears
iv) Brief History

DVD (The Real World Sessions)
1. Amelia
2. When I Fell
3. This Time
4. Puppets
5. Twenty Fifty One

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