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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’s Web site (www.marillion.com) emphatically states that the band is not who you think they are.
That seems like an accurate explanatory statement given its media perception. After all, the quintet began life as a neo-progressive band in the early ’80s, morphed into a more atmospheric group by the end of the decade, delved into a wider array of rock sounds by the late ’90s and has since continued mining diverse musical territory.