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The Assembly, Leamington 23 July 2010
This was a
warm up show for Marillion's headline set on the Prog stage of The High
Voltage festival in London's Victoria Park and with tickets only on sale
through the bands web-site www.marillion.com The Assembly was full of
the bands faithful fans from all over the country and probably further
The set list
for the festival has been very well put together and full of classic
Marillion live favourites from nine different albums with a great
mixture of shorter rockier numbers and (will be the prog stage after
all!) epic pieces even throwing in one Fish era classic, a set to please
The show of
course was sold out and the atmosphere was electric way before the band
hit the stage with the powerful opening track from Marbles The Invisible
Man, always an intense emotional number and a superb set opener .Change
of pace next firstly with the rocking crowd favourite Cover My Eyes
complete with crowd sing-a-longs and an invasion of large orange pumpkin
balloons and secondly back to the early pre Hogarth days for a
magnificent Slainte Mhath.
kept on coming and next up from the stand out album Afraid of sunlight
King such a strong track it has often been chosen as a set closer in the
past, this was followed by what is really Steve Hogarth's biography
(well up to 1997) the complex This Strange Engine full of different
sections and tempo changes, an absolute classic.
finished the main set with three all time stunning pieces of music the
emotion packed Afraid of Sunlight, the breath taking The Great Escape
from the masterpiece that is Brave and features for me one of Steve
Rothery's best ever solos during the Fallin' from the Moon section and
the main set concluded with what is now the usual Marillion set closer
the colossal Neverland.
of the evening from the Holidays in Eden release the trilogy that closes
that album This Town,The Rakes Progress and 100 Nights, this lengthy
encore could easily have been the end of the evening but they returned
with The Other Half from the Somewhere Else album, Three Minute Boy from
Radiation and to close the night in style the title track of the latest
studio album Happiness is the Road.
The show as
always with this band was musically a joy to the ears, vocalist Steve
Hogarth had his usual fun with the audience, this was a very special
evening and as the band left the stage to the crowd still singing the
chorus of the closing number I must admit to feeling proud that they
chose my home town for the show.
and photos by Andrew Lock
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