October 8, 2009 - Parkstad Theater, Heerlen (NL)

The acoustic tour Less Is More started in Brighton four days earlier, but this evening Marillion gave a concert in my beautiful hometown. I was rather unsure what to expect, because in general Iím not fond of so-called unplugged gigs, so I had my doubtsÖ However, after Go, Interior Lulu and Out Of This World I was totally convinced that this was going to be a great Marillion gig. The band looked happy, the audience was enthusiastic right from the start and the sound quality was top-notch. Especially Steve Hogarth ís vocals were amazing and crystal clear, dominating the songs in a way Iíve never heard before. The first highlights were The Space from Seasons End, Hard As Love from my favourite album Brave, and Quartz with a heavenly electric guitar solo by Steve Rothery.

After a short break, the band returned for the second set that was even better with tracks like Cover My Eyes, Beautiful, Estonia (shivers down my spine) and Youíre Gone, one of my favourite songs from Marbles. The audience reacted very enthusiastically: they clapped so loud that they finally got the guys back for five encores! Gazpacho, Made Again, Easter (sheer magic), Answering Machine and Three Minute Boy ended this fantastic set. I never saw the band so relaxed on stage and you could tell from the Monty Python-like jokes from Steve Hogarth and Pete Trewavas that they were enjoying themselves too. I never thought that I would say this, but I was overwhelmed by this beautiful unplugged concert. Miracles do happen after all!

Martien Koolen (edited by Peter Willemsen)

Setlist Marillion:

Interior Lulu
Out Of This World
Wrapped Up In Time
The Space
Hard As Love
If My Heart Were A Ball
It's Not Your Fault
Memory Of Water
This Is The 21st Century
Cover My Eyes
You're Gone
80 Days
Made Again
Answering Machine
Three Minute Boy

Pictures Marillion by Jaak Geebelen

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Line up Marillion:

(left to right)
Mark Kelly:
Steve Rothery:
Steve Hogarth:
Ian Mosley:
Pete Trewavas:
bass guitar

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