Concert review: Marillion in Tilburg

This Tuesday it was finally time to see Marillion. I hadn't seen the band in quite some years, so I was really looking forward to it. With the venue being sold-out in a short time, it was almost a given fact that the atmosphere in there would be great.

Unfortunately, I arrived very late at the venue due to traffic problems. I managed to get in (which was already hard because the venue was so packed) to catch the last song of the opening act, Sun Domingo, who actually started early. This last song they played was a Pink Floyd cover. Though they played it very good, I can't say much about them.

After a small break, it was time for the main act. With 16 studio albums, you never know what the band might play, which actually adds to the experience of listening to them live.

The first song was an old one, Splintering Heart, followed by Cover my Eyes. The crowd really got into it during this song. Also the old songs when Fish was still the main man weren't absent in the set. They performed Sugar Mice arguably better than with the old vocalist.

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Marillion
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By this time, nobody in the audience seemed distracted in any way and was solely there for the show. And a show it became. Just before the song You're Gone Steve Hogarth said it was too cold because of the air conditioning. When they started, he got handed a fur coat by one of the roadies and kept it on for about 4 songs.

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Marillion
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The best response came for Man of a Thousand Faces, where the whole crowd was clapping and singing along. After about an hour and a half, the set came to an end and the band left the stage, only to return shortly after with This Strange Engine, after which they left the stage again. The second encore started with Afraid of Sunlight and was closed by Three Minute Boy. During this last song, I already made my way towards the wardrobe. It struck me that I saw no people in the hallway or the wardrobe. Everybody stayed inside to catch every last second of a very memorable gig.

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Marillion
Photo: Frank Wijers / StudioRock