Legendary Friars promoter David Stopps interviews Marillion

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This Saturday Marillion return to Friars Aylesbury for the first time in 28 years – and to mark the occasion promoter David Stopps interviews the band’s bass player in our exclusive video interview.

The Aylesbury band which has enjoyed decades of international success will take to the Waterside Theatre stage to a sell out audience as part of a mini countrywide tour.

Marillion 2013

Marillion 2013

Marillion appeared at Friars musisc club eight times in the early years of their career all of which were at Friars Aylesbury Phase 3 held at the Civic Centre.

Their final appearance in that era was actually the very last Friars gig on December 22, 1984 with Aylesbury’s John Otway. After that show Friars went dark for 25 years.

Throughout that early period Fish was the lead singer. He and the band parted company in 1988 with Fish pursuing a solo career and new singer/writer Steve Hogarth joining the band.

The current line up is Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Ian Mosley (drums) Pete Trewavas (bass) and Steve Hogarth (vocals).

“It’s going to be a fantastic night,” said Pete. “We’re really looking forward to it. I’m so pleased promoter David Stopps has given us this opportunity.

“Our history is in Aylesbury, we still live in the area. It’s just lovely. It’s the second show of a small tour to pre-promote the new album ‘Sounds that Can’t be Made’….but because it’s Friars and because its Aylesbury we’re going to throw in a few special songs.

“The Waterside is a great theatre. It’s really nice to see Aylesbury moving forward.”

Mr Stopps said: “This is a very special concert for us. Not only are Marillion the most important band ever to have come out of Aylesbury but in the wider scheme of things they single-handedly changed the entire music industry with their fan-funding approach to releasing albums.

“They invited fans to purchase their album before it was even recorded. In return the fan would receive a special exclusive edition nine months later which had the fan’s name printed in the album booklet.

“This proved to be highly successful and paved the way for global services such as Pledge Music and Kickstarter.

“Marillion also pioneered the whole concept that bands could do it themselves without a major record company. They built up a very large fan-base and really looked after them.

“For me this is the most important Friars show of 2013 on so many levels. It’s a real honour to have Marillion back.”

Doors open 6.30pm and support artist Jacob Moon on stage at 7.30pm. Marillion 8.30pm.