Thursday, June 23, 2005

Marillion - acoustic trio


This was a great show at the new World Cafe Live space just across the Schuylkill River. I was a little miffed that they had no seats for us (normally this is a seated venue), but the show did not disappoint.

H, Pete and Rothers turned in some nice renditions of old and new Marillion songs. Rothery especially lit it up on 'Sugar Mice' giving us that sugnature, not-quite-gilmour, not-quite-hackett, oomph that only he can do - powerful stuff. The show lasted about 2-1/2 hours, over 20 songs, including several bits that they hadn't planned/rehearsed, especiallu 'Genie' - my thought on this strategy is that it's OK to a point, but for the most part, I do want the polish of a planned set. Still, these guys are good enough to pretty much pull it off.

THe best part of the show was that Emily really enjoyed it. We went to a full-on Marillion concert many years ago and it was a disaster. We'd only been dating a short time and Em still wasn't sold on all this prog stuff. The show was not very good, even to a true fan, and Em just flat-out hated it. We survived that (no problem!), but it's nice, all these years later, to have the vindication of a fine show that is fully appreciated by my "better-half".

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