My last visit at the Bluebox was for an awesome show of thrash veterans
Overkill, a kind of tribute to Jeff Hanneman who had passed away the day before.
Almost everyone had a Slayer t-shirt and the band played 'South of Heaven'.
Bluebox is not full tonight, but full of loyal fans. Some of them come from Oslo
and are ready to drive home after this show to enjoy the upcoming one tomorrow
at Rockefeller, a place I know very well.
The sound is simply great. Fish reaches maybe not anymore the highest notes but
his voice is still a real delight, full of life and soul.
Half of the songs comes from 'A
Feast of Consequences'.
This excellent album from last year is worth fighting for, and works even better
live. The experienced musicians who recorded 'A
Feast of Consequences' with Fish, Steve Vantsis (bass), Robin Boult (guitars)
and Gavin Griffiths (drums), are here tonight, except for the keyboards where
John Beck replaces Foss Paterson (and Mike Varty... See the official website for
the whole story).
Fish has charisma, it is not a surprise. He jokes with the audience between the
songs ('Scotland: the only country in the world which doesn't want to be
independent'). He can touch it too, with his unique voice of course, but also
with this poignant introduction of the song 'High Wood', telling about his
grandfathers who fought and survived the First World War and the hell on Earth
they lived in la Somme.
This tragedy started a century ago. My grandfather's oldest brother was spy for
France, as he could speak German without foreign accent, learned from his mother
whose parents were from Baden and Alsace. He died aged 21 in October 1918, one
month before the war's end. I have the 'kill in action' letter my
great-grandmother received from the French authorities...
Fish time with Marillion is not forgotten with 'Slàinte
[SLANtchih va] from 'Clutching
at Straws' (1987), 'Heart of Lothian' from 'Misplaced Childhood' (1985) and
'Incubus' from 'Fugazi' (1984): 'I the mote in your eye! Eye! Eye! Eye!'.
To cut it short, Derek William Dick and friends have played an easygoing but so
After the show, I am heading to the merchandising where Fish charming daughter
Tara welcomes the t-shirts' collectors. I cannot resist buying the special
edition of 'A
Feast of Consequences',
a splendid box with a book, the CD and a 'making of' DVD.
After Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson, Al Di Meola then Steve Hackett, it is my
fourth concert with my friend Albert and I would like to thank him, and I say 'takk'
to Jan Helge for the pictures.
01. Perfume River
02. A Feast of Consequences
03. Arc of the Curve
05. High Wood
06. Crucifix Corner
07. The Gathering
08. Thistle Alley
09. The Leaving
Heart of Lothian
Blind to the Beautiful