Before founding Arena with Clive Nolan, Mick Pointer was the original drummer for Marillion, and their 1983 debut Script For A Jester’s Tear was his one contribution to their catalogue. Last March, three decades after Script’s release, Pointer performed the album in its entirety at a concert in De Boerderij, Zoetermeer in Holland. This double-disc set captures their faithful, loving and convincing anniversary re-tread of that album for an appreciative, vocal crowd.
Mick Pointer Band: Marillion’s “Script” Revisited
The band’s original drummer gives their debut a neo lease of life.
Recorded by the album’s original engineer, Simon Hanhart, the show is brimming with quality performances, unsurprising given the other prog journeymen in the line-up (Pendragon’s Nick Barrett on guitar, Arena bassist Ian Salmon, Credo/Landmarq keyboardist Mike Varty).
Stepping into Fish’s intimidating size 14s is Brian Cummins, frontman for Genesis tribute band Carpet Crawlers. A tough job, but he succeeds, and with panache.
Add to that B-sides – Three Boats Down From The Candy and Charting The Single – accomplished reads of Market Square Heroes, Grendel and Margaret, and Pointer helms a stirring, evocative and highly listenable tribute to one of the genre’s cornerstone recordings.