Now I remember why I don’t go to gigs in London any more…£16 for parking ! Have to find somewhere cheaper before I go in for Opeth later this week.
I had heard a lot about The Reasoning and most of it was positive – one friend had remarked on the excellent vocals and said the rest of the music was not good enough, which I suppose has its positives ! I have yet to listen to the albums, but from the support set they played tonight I would agree that the vocals are excellent, but would also say that the music is definitely at the same level. Guitar orientated prog with an edge, and the tracks off the Dark Angel album sounded very well crafted. I do not know the name of the track they opened with, but they followed up with Dark Angel, Call Me God ?, Awakening and A Musing Dream (or Aching Hunger…it began with A, I know that much). Another band I will be seeing again.
I had seen Fish twice already on this extended tour, at The Stables in Milton Keynes and at Oxford, and they were two very different gigs. The Stables is an intimate venue which lent itself to Fish being unable to restrain his banter with the audience, so I saw the band perform a few more songs at Oxford ! And now the Shepherds Bush Empire, which is at least the size of venue he should be playing to. Fish was on top form, some great stories inbetween a very strong set list. To my mind 13th Star is his best work since Raingods With Zippos, and the tracks off there are excellent live – especially Circle Line, Square Go, Dark Star for me – add in Faith Healer (including a little jaunt into the crowd), and then the Marillion bits…the Hotel Hobbies sequence, Slainte Mhath, Kayleigh and Lavender and an encore of The Last Straw. Maybe it helps that Clutching At Straws is my favourite Marillion album. Fish is saying this could be his last tour for some time – catch him now, before it is too late. You know you will not be disappointed.
I spotted some famous people in the crowd, and am thinking of adding that as a regular item in my blogs – maybe call it I Can See You Looking – or perhaps I should leave these stalker tendencies behind ! Anyway, there tonight were Tim Birrell, lead guitarist with Credo, and Tamas Csemez, vocalist with Neonfly. If you are famous and I did not spot you then feel free to leave a comment on this blog and I will keep my eyes better open in the future.