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MICK POINTER'S RECITAL OF THE SCRIPT
Leamington Assembly 9 May 2010
I must admit
this was the band I had been looking forward to seeing from the moment
the Classic Rock Society gave me the opportunity to review and
photograph the Progeny 3 festival, I consider myself a massive Marillion
fan but unfortunately after buying both the Market Square Heroes and
Punch and Judy singles, I lost track of the band until the Hogarth Years
so never managed to see the 'Fish era' Marillion live.
I had the
pleasure of previously seeing this set in the intimate setting of Riffs
the great rock pub in Swindon, a fantastic night seeing the songs from
the first Marillion album come to life, the bigger stage of the Assembly
and the venues usual impressive stage lighting only added to the magic.
part of the set was of course a track by track run through of the first
Marillion album Script For a Jesters Tear, a fabulous piece of music
which this band, lead of course by the original Marillion drummer Mick
Pointer does complete justice.
with the moving title track itself the band were on terrific form,
Mick's powerful drum work, lead vocalist Brian Cummings (Carpet
Crawlers) complete with Fish style face make up playing the part to
perfection, one of the best lead guitarists in the world Nick Barrett
(Pendragon) making the solos look far too easy and the rest of the band
a joy to the ears.
Hard to pick
stand out tracks from such a classic album played so well but Garden
Party had the venue rocking and the soldier props during an atmospheric
Forgotten Sons worked exceptionally well.
A real treat
at a Recital gig is the playing of probably the most famous/infamous
piece of music in progressive rock history the mighty Grendel, of course
not played by Marillion (except for Mr Rothery teasing the crowd to the
first few bars at a certain convention warm up show I attended) for a
very long time.
As all of
the relevant props are included in the show we of course had the famous
mask during Grendel and a few front row fans and a photographer got well
and truly Grendel'ed!
The main set
ended in rocking, bouncing style with Market Square Heroes and the pace
was kept going for the fun rendition of the Scottish anthem Margaret to
close a real triumph of a set, for me of course the highlight of the
photos by Andrew Lock
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