Review: Fish

Former Marillion leader singer Fish

Former Marillion leader singer Fish - Credit: Archant

Better late than never, having been forced to cancel because of illness in May, Fish's entrance on stage is greeted like the arrival of rock royalty. This is a man who refuses to follow a template and is happier ploughing his own furrow than relying on the mega-selling smash hits of his early career with Marillion.

Fish

Waterfront, Norwich

Better late than never, having been forced to cancel because of illness in May, Fish's entrance on stage is greeted like the arrival of rock royalty. This is a man who refuses to follow a template and is happier ploughing his own furrow than relying on the mega-selling smash hits of his early career with Marillion.

Fish and his four colleagues switch effortlessly between the Dire Straits-esque eerie atmospheric intro to much heavier riffs, with the set relying heavily on A Feast of Consequences, his most recent album. Indeed, eight of that album's 11 tracks are performed here, with the highlight being an epic five songs Fish describes as 'the circle'. The Scot recently unearthed a series of coincidences concerning a relative's experience on the western front during the First World War, and this five-song cycle bristles with raw power and emotion – brought to life even more by original war footage on the on-stage screens.

There is the usual nod to his former band with the inclusion of a handful of old songs, but Marillion fans know not to expect to hear the poppier hits such as Kayleigh or Lavender. Instead, Fish remains as relevant as ever and delivers a showcase of today's music rather than falling back on a greatest-hits set.

Some bands with big catalogues put out new albums simply as a precursor to get back on the road and rehash their old stuff. A cherished few, though, still put as much effort into their new output as they ever did, and then tour as a means to introducing it to the masses.

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Fish is firmly in the latter camp, and his recorded work and live shows are the work of a genuine heavyweight who remains at the top of his game.

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