In 1984 the British progressive rock band Marillion
released their album Fugazi
. It was the second album
to feature the lead vocals of their Scottish singer Fish
. A tour shortly followed to promote the album.
During this tour the band performed material taken from their at the time brand new album. Furthermore a selection
of songs taken from their debut Script For A Jester's Tear
, released one year earlier, could be enjoyed
as well. After a short break in their touring schedule the band continued doing live shows by doing a second leg
of the Fugazi tour. During this period the band was already working on a follow up release (Misplaced Childhood
To figure out if the recently written compositions could be enjoyed by their fans, they gave them a sneak preview
by performing new material during this second leg of the Fugazi tour.
The music of this period in the history of the band is hardly played by the band themselves nowadays. Anybody
who wants to relive the bands early days with Fish as their lead singer, has to see one of their tribute bands.
One of them, Mr. Punch
, gave three concerts recently in the Netherlands. As a fan of Marillion I couldn't
afford to miss one of them and therefore chose to see them at a Sunday afternoon show organised by the people
of Progfrog. This was of course held at the most cosy venue in the Netherlands-namely 't Blok in Nieuwerkerk aan den IJssel.
Those who do know the present Italian progressive rock scene will discover some well know faces in the line up
of this Italian Marillion tribute band. The rhythm section comprises of two musicians who were both once members
of The Watch
-drummer Roberto Leoni
and bassist Guglielmo Mariotti
. Strangely enough they
never played together in this band which can be seen as an excellent Genesis
tribute band. The man who
has probably the most difficult job in the band is lead singer Alesandro Corvaglia
. He has the task of
copying Fish during his golden years. But I guess when you are one of the best singers in Italy and have worked
with acts such as Delirium
and La Maschera Di Cera
it must be a piece of cake. On keyboards
is a man who did shine on albums made by Coscienza Di Zeno
and Höstsonaten and goes by the name of Luca
. Finally on guitar can be found Marcella Araganese
who has made one album with Ubi Maior
I was of course very curious if they could to do a faithful rendition of the Fugazi tour of 1984. The show I was
going to witness would contain the music Marillion performed during the second leg of the tour. One of the concerts
on this tour I saw myself and therefore, I was able to compare this performance with the one I saw more than thirty years ago.
|Alessandro Corvaglia @ Forgotten Sons|
Just like Marillion in 1984, Mr. Punch opened their concert with the opening tune of the Fugazi
However, Fish originally stood behind a screen when he started to sing the first lines of Assassing
by punching through this screen and moving around the stage wearing make-up on his face. This could also be seen
on Alesandro's face. Even the moves and gestures Fish made in those days were really well copied by Mr.
Corvaglia. This he continued doing during the entire concert. Also his introductions done in perfect English came
close to the way Derek W. Dick
did this long ago. As for his fellow musicians on stage it has to be said
they did an excellent job as well by reproducing the amazing music that Marillion made in the early to mid-eighties.
According to the reactions of the people in front of the stage I wasn't the only person who noticed this. They
even did sing-a-long with songs such as Kayleigh
, Script For A Jester's Tear
the encores Garden Party
Market Square Heroes
. The song which had the best visuals was of course the final encore of the almost
two hours long show. During Forgotten Sons
Alesandro wore a soldier's outfit and used his microphone stand
as a weapon shooting at the crowd before he committed suicide during the final part of the song.
Seeing this band copying a show perfectly that was done originally in 1984, certainly brought back a lot of good
memories from a time when the second wave of progressive rock brought us a lot of excellent new bands which were
labelled as neo progressive rock acts-a type of progressive rock which is still today one of my favourite musical
styles. Hopefully the band will come more often to our country to copy more of the original Marillion tours done
at the start of their career because I certainly liked what they did during their first tour in the Netherlands
with their faithful rendition of the Fugazi tour of 1984.
Henri Strik (edited by Robert James Pashman)