October 20, 2019 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
During the bands two hours long performance it was of course again a celebration of recognition. The crowd was singing-a-long with the classic songs many times. What else do you do when a band copies the early period of Marillion so strongly, therefore the audience can't stand still or keep their mouth shut.
But back to the songs they performed. Three songs of the Fugazi (1984) album were next to enjoy. During the intro of She Chameleon Marcella went off stage to join her fans who were watching the band. She could do this because the first part didn't need any guitar. It is Daniele's keyboard parts (church organ) which dominates this composition. After that a perfect rendition of Incubus. Before the title track of the earlier mentioned second studio album was played, Marco told the audience that it was a song about war and that their drummer Roberto used to be a soldier. Of course, the audience didn't like it when the final song of the first set was introduced. But Vincini told them not to worry because it's a long piece of music. Which Grendel certainly is. It was by all means the visual highlight of the first set. Seeing Marco putting his helmet on his head and
The second set opened with three songs taken from Marillion's final album with Fish.
Hotel Hobbies, That Time Of The Night and Warm Wet Circles sounded amazing and will all again be done during the Racing The Clouds Home Tour 2020. A tour during which they will probably play the entire Clutching At Straws (1987) album. Songs from Marillion's debut album Script For A Jester Tear (1983) could be enjoyed as well. Script For A Jester Tear is as always the song which is sung whole hearted by the fans. Chelsea Monday is the song on which Arganese always shines by playing that awesome guitar solo. He Knows You Know is the song on which the bands lead singer acts as if he is a drug addict, so also this time. The final three songs performed during the second set came from Marillion's most successful album with Fish behind the microphone. Titled Misplaced Childhood (1985). Kayleigh, Lavender and Heart Of Lothian were done as one big piece of music and dedicated to Anthony. One of the many friendly staff members of the Prog Frog team who temporarily quit the team because he once again becomes a dad. Again, the crowd went totally crazy while the band performed this three piece unit flawless. Again, everybody was jumping around and singing along. What a way to end the regular set I asked myself. Is there a better way? I guess not.
Thanks again to the amazing ProgFrog team for bringing the best Marillion tribute band to the place where it all began for me personally and many other die-heart fans of the Fish era.
Henri Strik (edited by Dave Smith)
Live video recordings
Henri & Roel Strik
Setlist Mr. Punch:
La Gazza Ladra
That Time Of The Night
Warm Wet Circles
Script For A Jester Tear
He Knows You Know
Heart Of Lothian
Market Square Heroes
Mr. Punch by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mr. Punch:(left to right)
bass, bass pedals and backing vocals
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