If you’ve read the list of bands that I’ve seen live, then you’ll probably notice that Marillion appears a lot 🙂

Wikipedia says:

Marillion /məˈrɪliən/ are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1979. They emerged from the post-punk music scene in Britain and existed as a bridge between the styles of punk rock and classic progressive rock, becoming the premier neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s.
Marillion’s recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of twenty albums, generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original lead singer Fish in late 1988 and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989.

I first saw them in 1987, on the Clutching at Straws tour for their fourth studio album, back in the days when Fish was fronting the band. I recall him changing his trousers on stage having split the seam, but unfortunately I don’t remember much else of that gig. I still have a tour T-shirt somewhere but didn’t take any photos. [setlist]

I’m not sure why I lost touch for a while but fortunately Los Trios Marillos (Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery & Pete Trewavas) came to Toronto in 2005 and played an acoustic set at the Mod Club. [setlist]

2009 was the first time we went to the Marillion Weekend in Montreal. The weekend covers three nights: Seasons End’s 20th Anniversary; One year, one song (a song for each year from 1987 to 2008); All Over 10 Minutes (14 epic length songs). [Blog post]

Two years later, the 2011 Marillion Weekend in Montreal coincided with my birthday so Kerri colluded with Lucy (the band’s manager) to get me up on stage with the band! The three nights were: Holidays in Eden; A-Z (a song for every letter of the alphabet … with a little cheating); The Glow Must Go On (audience voted which tracks to play!). [Blog post]

I’m very happy to see h still uses my shot of him as his Instagram avatar.

Marillion’s North American tour brought them to Toronto’s Opera House in June 2012. The thing I remember most about that gig was that it was ridiculously hot and the band kept handing out bottles of water. [Blog post] [Photos] [setlist]

A few months later (March 2013) the band were back in Canada. Another 3-night Marillion Weekend at Théâtre L’Olympia, Montréal. The themes were: Radiation; Brave; and Sounds That Can’t Be Made. [Blog post] [Photos]

For 2015 the Marillion Weekend in Montréal opened with the band playing Montreal… except something went bang and they had to abandon it! The rest of the first night was Anoraknophobia with This Strange Engine and Gaza as the encores. Saturday night was Marbles; there was “Swap the Band” on Sunday afternoon and then the “Singles night” going right the way back to the early days.
[Blog post] [Photos]

Just over a year later (October 2016) there was a world tour in support of their new album, FEAR. (I didn’t take my camera because Danforth Music Hall said they weren’t permitted.)

2019: we’re in Montréal again for the Marillion Weekend. I don’t remember the nights having distinct themes, although Sunday was mostly from Happiness Is the Road. There was no support band on Sunday; instead there was “An Audience With Marillion” which was a lot of fun.

Then came COVID. They organised a “Couch Convention” for September 2020 that included 3 nights of gigs streamed to YouTube: Marbles in The Park, All One Tonight, and Brave Live. There were also lots of games, interviews, and other fun activities, as well as videos from band members’ solo projects and some acts which have supported Marillion in the past.

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MWE MTL July 2022

Support: Fri = Randy McStine; Sat = The Cyberiam; Sun = “An Audience With Marillion”
my photos

The next Marillion Weekend in Montreal is scheduled for May 2023.


Gig summary Which albums have I seen them perform?

Date Show Venue
22 Dec 1987 Clutching at Straws tour Birmingham NEC
16 Jun 2005 Los Trios Marillos tour Mod Club, Toronto
03-05 Apr 2009 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
08-10 Apr 2011 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
20 Jun 2012 North American Tour 2012 Opera House, Toronto
22-24 Mar 2013 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
24-26 Apr 2015 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
31 Oct 2016 FEAR tour Danforth Music Hall, Toronto
17-19 May 2019 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
04-06 Sep 2020 Couch Convention online / at home
01-03 Jul 2022 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal
12-14 May 2023 Marillion Weekend L’Olympia, Montreal


Album (Released) Tour/Weekend
01. Script for a Jester’s Tear (1983)
02. Fugazi (1984)
03. Misplaced Childhood (1985)
04. Clutching at Straws (1987) 1987
05. Seasons End (1989) 2009
06. Holidays in Eden (1991) 2011
07. Brave (1994) 2013
08. Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
09. This Strange Engine (1997)
10. Radiation (1998) 2013
11. (1999)
12. Anoraknophobia (2001) 2015
13. Marbles (2004) 2015
14. Somewhere Else (2007)
15. Happiness Is the Road Vol.1+2 (2008) 2019
16. Less Is More (2009)
17. Sounds That Can’t Be Made (2012) 2013
18. Fuck Everyone and Run (F E A R) (2016) 2016
19. With Friends from the Orchestra (2019)
20. An Hour Before It’s Dark (2022) 2022