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Marillion are a rock band formed in Aylesbury, England . Their 30-year career is marked by two distinctive phases; the early years fronted by Fish which saw their greatest commercial success, and much longer period fronted by Steve Hogarth in which the band have constantly re-invented themselves so as to continue to be relevant into the 21st century.

The Fish era is often categorized as neo-progressive. They originally started as "Silmarillion" (from Tolkien's book) with heavy influences from classic Genesis but went on to develop their own distinctive sound. The band was formed in 1979 by Mick Pointer (drums), Steve Rothery (guitar), Doug 'Rastus' Irvine (bass), and others, soon adding vocalist Fish (real name Derek W. Dick), Diz Minitt (bass), and Brian Jelliman. By the time of their first album, 1983's Script for a Jester's Tear, the bass position had been taken over by Pete Trewavas and keyboards by Mark Kelly.

The studio albums Fugazi (1984), Misplaced Childhood (1985), and Clutching at Straws (1987), as well as the 1984 live album Real to Reel all sold respectably, and the band scored a hit single in Britain with Kayleigh in 1985.

When Fish left the band in 1988 after four albums he was replaced by Steve Hogarth. A former member of The Europeans and some-time collaborator with The The and Julian Cope, Hogarth brought a new energy to the band.

Across a further ten albums, Hogarth – along with existing members Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, and Mosley – have 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 hit charts or radio playlists.

After the release of 1999’s the band freed themselves from record company pressure once and for all by launching their own record label, the Intact imprint.

Thanks to their pioneering embrace of the Internet through their website, 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. 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 release Marbles, but this time the money was channelled into a campaign fund to promote its launch. The success of singles Don't Hurt Yourself and You're Gone – the latter making it all the way to number 7 – vindicated the band's independent strategy.

Their 2007 album Somewhere Else reached number 24 in the UK album chart with their most recent single Thankyou Whoever You Are hitting the UK singles chart at number 15. The band shows no signs of fading away after more than 25 years of activity.

Their 15th album, "Happiness is the road", was physically released in October 2008 but was originally available exclusively from the band's website. It was released with little promotion and a deluxe pre-order package was made available as with Marbles. 'Happiness is the Road' is the second studio double album of a long career (2004's Marbles was the other). A UK and European tour followed the album's release, and the band is taking special effort to record every show in the "Happiness on the Road" tour, making the recordings available from the band's website. Read more on User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.

Marillion Tour Dates

Date Venue Location
Friday, April 28, 2017 at 7:00PM Marillion @ Marillion Weekend - UK 2017 in Leicester, United Kingdom Leicester, United Kingdom
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 9:00PM Marillion @ Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile Santiago, Chile
Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00PM Marillion @ Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile Santiago, Chile
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 7:00PM Marillion @ Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile Santiago, Chile
Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 8:30PM Marillion @ Grosse Freiheit 36 in Hamburg, Germany Hamburg, Germany
Friday, July 21, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Huxleys Neue Welt in Berlin, Germany Berlin, Germany
Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 8:30PM Marillion @ Musical Theater Bremen in Bremen, Germany Bremen, Germany
Sunday, July 23, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ E-Werk in Cologne, Germany Cologne, Germany
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Batschkapp in Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt, Germany
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Lowensaal in Nuremberg, Germany Nuremberg, Germany
Friday, July 28, 2017 at 8:30PM Marillion @ Z7 Konzertfabrik in Pratteln, Switzerland Pratteln, Switzerland
Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Ancient Theatre Plovdiv in Plovdiv, Bulgaria Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 9:00PM Marillion @ Auditorium Parco della Musica in Roma, Italy Roma, Italy
Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 9:00PM Marillion @ Teatro degli Arcimboldi in Milano, Italy Milano, Italy
Saturday, October 7, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Zénith Paris La Villette in Paris, France Paris, France
Monday, October 9, 2017 at 8:00PM Marillion @ Theater Heerlen in Heerlen, Netherlands Heerlen, Netherlands
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 7:45PM Marillion @ TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
Friday, October 13, 2017 at 6:45PM Marillion @ Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom London, United Kingdom

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