Monday 8 December 2014

Marillion, still some December dates left to catch

Marillion ; purveyors of soulful, powerful,
 and often deeply-moving music,
 with a long-standing reputation for blistering live 
shows which have earned them an impressive
 and faithful global fanbase.

Sold 15 million albums
Released 17 studio albums
Had 8 UK Top 10 albums
Played gigs to over 3 million people
Released 23 UK singles

During the period the band were fronted by Fish  (1981 -88) they scored
 eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart, including 1985's "Kayleigh",
 which reached No. 2 and became their biggest hit single. 
The first album released with Hogarth, 1989's Seasons End, was 
another Top Ten hit, and albums continued to chart well until
 their departure from EMI following the release of their
 1996 live album Made Again 

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (since 1988) and brought
 a new heart and energy to the band when since
becoming lead-vocal/lyricist.

Predictions of doom were swiftly dispelled, as across a further 13 
albums, Hogarth – along with existing members Steve Rothery (guitar),
 Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass), and
 Ian Mosley (drums) – reinvigorated and constantly redefined Marillion’s sound.

 They forged into new musical territories with a succession of
 inventive, emotional albums, displaying little regard to the
 vagaries of the musical "Fashion Police", or radio playlists. 
The line-up remains 
unchanged to this day.

After the release of 1999’s ‘’ the band banished the
 spectre of record company pressure once and for all by launching their
 own record label (the aptly-named Intact imprint) and freeing themselves
 up to produce some of the finest music of their career.

Thanks to their much lauded (and much copied) pioneering Internet-based 
rock n'roll business model, Marillion have developed a unique and
 intimate relationship with their fans. From sponsoring entire tours of
 the USA to funding the recording of recent albums, Marillion’s global
 fan-base is unique in its affection and dedication. 
 In fact Marillion are credited with inventing Crowdfunding.

The history of the band's use of the Internet is described by Michael Lewis
 in the book Next: The Future Just Happened as an example of how the
 Internet is shifting power away from established elites, such as
 multinational record labels and record producers

As a result, such passionate, wholesale support has allowed
 Marillion to step outside of the conventional music industry
and  find their own path.
In 2001 ‘Anoraknophobia’ saw Marillion take the groundbreaking step of
 asking fans to pre-order an album 12 months before release. An
 amazing 12,000 people signed up, helping to finance the recording.
 The band once again took pre-orders for the 2004 masterpiece ‘Marbles,’ 
but this time the money was channelled into a campaign fund to 
promote its launch.

When singles ‘Don’t Hurt Yourself’ and ‘You’re Gone‘ breached the
 UK top 20 – the latter making it all the way to number 7 –
 jaws dropped right across the music world.

Not bad going for a band without major label backing.

But it was merely the latest twist in the history of a group who have
 held  on to the conviction that what they’re doing MEANS something
 more than entertainment or selling records.
The band has evolved into a vibrant musical force – to those who
 already love Marillion, they’re something special; to everyone else
 they’re a love affair waiting to happen.

In 2012, the band released  their 17th studio album
  SOUNDS THAT CAN’T BE MADE and performed
 a string of gigs in North and South America and all over Europe. 

In 2014 Marillion toured Latin America and returned to the studio 
to begin writing their 18th studio album.

  Still some Marillion December 2014 UK Dates you can catch!

Monday 8 December 2014
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

Wednesday 10 December 2014
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

Thursday 11 December 2014
LONDON - The Forum
SUPPORT: Luke Jackson

At the London show, Marillion will be joining forces with
 Live Here Now to produce a CD of the concert that will
 be on sale straight after the show.
With the shows being so close to Christmas, expect snow,
 Father Christmas and a great night of Marillion classics and more.

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