Steve Rothery Band
September 7, 2023 - De Bosuil, Weert (NL)
In 2014, almost ten years ago now, master guitarist Steve Rothery (Marillion), released The Ghosts Of Pripyat (see review), his first solo album, and since then I have been waiting for a new one, sad but true
The set opens with three tracks from The Ghosts Of Pripyat, being: Morpheus, Old Man Of The Sea and Summer's End, all three songs of course are tracks which are packed with awesome guitar melodies and solos, especially the breathtaking solo in Old Man Of The Sea gives me real goosebumps and that one also makes me emotional and longing for more of that Rothery solo material; as it turns out that - sad but o so true - these are the only three songs from the Pripyat album this evening. Then singer Martin Jakubski (lead singer of Stillmarillion and Maiden Scotland) is introduced, and we are off on a Marillion
This setlist was in fact quite a surprise -a nice surprise by the way- for me as I expected that Steve would play the Pripyat album in its entirety, but maybe next time... Hopefully, Steve will come up with a new solo album soon, but this evening showed that these 'old' Marillion songs still stand the test of time without a shadow of a doubt and that Rothery is one of the best guitar pickers on this planet. Enough said and for those who missed this incredible gig, eat your heart out with this dazzling review; just joking here of course, just like Steve did the whole evening with his witty English remarks indeed!
Text & pictures Martien Koolen (edited by Tracy van Os van den Abeelen)
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