With only 4 months to go before sailing, Cruise To The Edge, progressive rock’s largest festival at sea, announced its final public sale.
The Marillion 1985 breakthrough concept album Is newly remastered and expanded with unreleased live recordings for two new boxed sets.
U.K. proggers are more concerned about world crisis than the future of progressive music, thus the new album, “F.E.A.R.”
Over the course of three decades, Marillion has morphed into something completely different from its original form as one of the founding fathers of Britain’s neoprogressive-rock movement.
Sun Domingo may not boast the same name recognition as Marillion and Spock’s Beard. But like its progressive brethren, this Atlanta band is counting on the legions of new fans it has made in the past few years to help finance its future.
If there’s any doubt that the supergroup is still alive and kicking, look no further than Transatlantic’s current “Whirled Tour.” The band — featuring Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy, Marillion bassist Pete Trewavas, Flower Kings guitarist/vocalist Roine Stolt and former Spock’s Beard multi-instrumentalist/frontman Neal Morse — has reconvened after nearly a decade-long touring absence to play a very limited, six-date North American tour
Some music fans argue that progressive rock remains mired in the dark ages. They point to the genre’s reliance on concept albums, vintage analog instruments and overlong songs as proof. Then there’s Marillion, a British group that enjoyed mainstream success during the 1980s with such albums as Script for a Jester’s Tear and Misplaced Childhood.
Marillion has toured the world over, sold millions of albums, played to audiences as large as 150,000 people, and recorded one of the most famous progressive rock albums ever.
In 1997, U.S. fans raised $60,000 to fund Marillion’s tour in support of the ‘This Strange Engine’ album.
Marillion, in the late ’80s, was under record-label pressure to come up with a hit single, and 1991’s “Holidays In Eden” album remains, perhaps, the band’s most pop-oriented album.