Rock group Marillion formed in Aylesbury in 1979 and are today one of the most successful bands from the neo-progressive music era, selling in excess of 15 million albums in their 35 year career.
On December 11 they will be taking to the stage at The Forum in London, and have joined forces with Live Here Now to produce a CD of the concert that will be on sale straight after the show. Fans are being warned to expect snow, Santa and a great night of Marillion classics.
Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; 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. Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band and brought a new heart and energy when arriving in 1989 and 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 ‘marillion.com’ 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.
As a result, such passionate, wholesale support has allowed Marillion to step outside of the conventional music industry and find their own path.
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