April 24, 2022 - 't Blok, Nieuwerkerk a/d IJssel (NL)
Sometimes there is a thin line between politics and all the other things in our life. Take for example Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The fighting has caused over nine hundred civilian deaths and pushed millions of Ukrainians to flee to neighbouring countries. It made the Marillion tribute band Mr. Punch decide to skip a
This time around the band did not begin with their usual opening tune. The classical piece La Gazza Ladra was left out and instead Assassing was played. One by one the musicians entered the stage, before the
Of course the first real Marillion epic couldn't be left out either. It was a real pleasure to see the band perform Grendel in a perfect way once again. As usual for me the ultimate highlight of the show! Vincini even wore the famous Grendel helmet again and surprised me when he showed up in the audience just next to me. Tapping me on the shoulder as if to say: 'I am here, watch me killing all my fellow band members on stage'.
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. Something which was not done for a very long time, because of the two years pandemic as Marco Vincini also mentioned. Thanks again to the amazing ProgFrog team for bringing the best Marillion tribute band to the Netherlands once again. Hopefully they come back soon to play for example the entire Clutching At Straws album. This was promised for 2020 but put on hold due to the afore mentioned pandemic.
Henri Strik (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
Setlist Mr. Punch:
He Knows You Know
Heart Of Lothian
Script For A Jester Tear
The Last Straw
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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