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Centre Parcs, Port Zelande
Another three days of utter utter indulgence and hopefully outstanding weather again thrown in just for good measure. You can also read up about the last one on this site.
This gig was the 25th anniversary gig for the Web Holland (The Dutch Marillion Fan Club). It was really great to see the family back together for the only Dutch gig this year.
This was the only Dutch gig in the tour and was a four hour sold out gig. Featuring Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Pete Trewavas (Marillion), Roine Stolt (The Flower Kings), Neal Morse (Ex Spock's Beard).
With their hits Bomba and now On The Run I was really looking forward to this gig. The heavy style made for a spectacular evening and the band hada great stage presence.
Paard van Troje, Den Haag
Another gig on the L=M accoustic tour and this time much closer to home. I had not originally planned to go along as Porcupine Tree were playing but I managed to get in for the second half.
Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam
Porcupine Tree should be no strangers to most people visiting this site. They have come along in leaps and bounds in the last few years so it was not a suprise that they are once again playing to a sold out Heineken Music Hall.
Another gig on the L=M accoustic tour but I think anyone who went would agree that this time the band were really on form and that the audience really responded to the music.
Marillion are back and this time it is with an accoustic set. Even better the venue was in my own home town and within cycling distance. It was a small 500 seater venue and the oldest such theatre in the country and all seated but that should suit an accoustic set. I believe the only other seated concert involving Marillion that I've been to was Los Trios in Boston.
The last time I saw Cloudmachine it was in the same venue in early 2009 but then as a support at for Dragons. This time they have a new CD and this was the presentation of that CD including some words from Leo Blokhuis.
Pure Reason Revolution,
I last saw these guys supporting Blackfield in 2007 and I remember their enthusiasm clearly and this time was the same. This gig was part of a two day prog festival, arranged by the IO Pages magazine, that starts on Friday in the Boerderij. Other artists appearing were RPWL, Magenta, PBII, Quidam, and After.
Gazpacho following closely on the heels of the Marillion convention were presenting their new album, Tick Tock. It was brilliant to see these guys again and yet again they have produced an album that does not dissapoint. I'd originally seen them supporting Marillion in Zwolle many years ago but I think we can now say they have shaken off the Marillion support act monica and are an outstanding band in their own right.
Centre Parcs, Port Zelande
Happiness was the road to port zelande because yet again it was convention time for us hardcore Marillion fans. Three days of utter utter indulgence and with outstanding weather thrown in just for good measure. Read all about what went on.
A stunning gig from this Polish group. The first time I saw Riverside was at the Arrow Classic Rock and even then people were raving about them. Lately they are being compared to the likes of Porcupine Tree and Pink Floyd. Lazuli, the support, were also a real surprise.
What a great city and what a great venue. Come to that I'm now not sure which was the best gig of the four. It was either this one or Tilberg.Sadly that is the tour over for us fans in the Netherlands. Still they will be back in March for the convention.
I'd say this has been the best gig of the few that I've seen. The hall was packed and the audience were in a really receptive mood. OK weather permitting I just have Nijmegen to go tomorrow.
Lords Of The Backstage,
This great Marillion tribute made an early start at 4pm so that we could get ourselves in the mood for the real thing appearing just down the road a couple of hours later. If you have not heard of them I'd be surprised but if that is the case then you might like to know they tend to cover Fish era material but there were some H era covers too.
From Heerhugowaard to Zwolle. Although I've been to this venue previously it was in a different hall as the original was being used for some kind of love and marriage show. This caused some confusion when I showed up expecting to find Marillion and instead found loads of loved up couples and miles of white lacy dresses.
Waerdse Tempel, Heerhugowaard
Marillion kicked off the European stage of the Happiness is the road tour in this out of the way venue in North Holland. It was a superb gig with a great mix of material from Happiness and some older material too. I'd never been to anything in this venue previously but it was clearly purpose built and apparently attracts some big names.
The levellers were superb live as usual and played a huge amount from their new album. Apparently Fab Channel were transmitting the show live and it is possible to watch the gig via their site.
Tivoli (de Helling), Utrecht
A brilliant mix of Dixie and humour again. You really must go along to one of their gigs if only for the jokes between the songs. Not that the music is not reason enough to go. Well if I have convinced you then sorry because this was their last gig this year.
It Bites and Gazpacho,
It Bites and Gazpacho are both great bands so it was a real treat to get to see them both on the same day. With It Bites launching a new album and Gazpacho with new material it was a great gig.
Leidse Hout, Leiden
Great to have such an excellent free festival locally. I could not cover all the bands this year due to a private comitment but really enjoyed those that I managed to see as did so many other people clearly. And they were so lucky with the weather.
Zuiderpark, Den Haag
The last time I was at this festival Fish was appearing. This is the largest free festival in Europe and was well worth the visit with around 250,000 other people.
Red Flag 77,
Cafe de Vinger, Den Haag
Red Flag 77 are a British punk band and they appeared in a small cafe in Den Haag that caters to the punk crowd. A really great evening improved by the huge crowds outside on the streets preparing to celebrate queens day.
Vader are a deathmetal band from Poland and on this evening they were supported by three support acts. Quite an onslaught of very heavy music. Find out how I stood up to the challenge.
Elffantasy Fair 2008,
Kasteel de Haar, Haarzuilens
The Elf Fantasy fair is set in the incredible surroundings of castle de haar. The fair is the largest of it's kind in Europe and this year enjoyed a massive turnout and the best weather we have had this year.
Mick Pointer & Friends,
Mick Pointer of Arena and former drummer of Marillion performing Marillion's Script for a Jester's Tear. A fabulous show that really captures the early Marillion atmosphere when Mick was in the band.
I first encountered these guys because they were a unique band performing AC/DC covers in dixie style. Actually they do a lot more than just AC/DC covers. This gig included a lot of their own material and covers of other bands and a lot of humour.
A friend of mine recomended I take a look and listen to this band. Great gig and the friend (who could not make it) missed a treat but they promise to be back in the summer.
A great gig and Fish was on great form, also the support act, Glyder, were a fantastic surprise. There are surely not many people who do not know who Fish is but for those that do not he is the former lead singer of Marillion.
Lords Of The Backstage,
The Waterhole, Amsterdam
A superb Marillion tribute act playing the same day as Fish appearing in Paradiso. They had timed their show so that you could pop along to see them and wander off to see Fish afterwards. Very considerate.
1 March 2008,
Gothic and Fantasy fair,
The Gothic and Fantasy fair in Rijswijk was a fairly large gathering of people many of who had made an effort to dress in the style of the fair. There were a large number of stalls and also bands and workshops.
Some studio shots,
Some shots I took together with a friend. She was looking for a picture for her web site but as we had all the equipment set up we thought we would take a few more shots too.
15 February 2008,
I'd seen these guys a year ago in Haarlem and thought I'd go along to see them again. The show was, unfortunately interupted when the lead singer fell ill but was otherwise very good.
11 January 2008,
Brilliant gig and my first ever pyro gig so I'm delighted at the results.
A few shots taken while on a family visit to North Wales.
Keukenhof gardens is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country specialising in displays of bulbs. These pictures were taken during a visit in the spring of 2007 with a colleague.
Just some words that demonstrate the power of words.
Your mind will find a way to be unkind to you somehow
But all we really have is happening to us right now
Happiness is the road, Happiness is the road, Marillion
When I told a friend the title of this album she knew immediately what it would be about. I really love the message of this song, focus on the here and now rather than worrying about the past or being concerned about the future.
No one leaves you
When you live in their heart and mind
And no one dies
They just move to the other side
When we're gone
Watch the world simply carry on
We live on laughing and in no pain
We'll stay and be happy
With those who have loved us today
Estonia, This Strange Engine, Marillion
To Louise, a close friend of ours who sadly died on the 26th of July 2008 after a long struggle. You will be missed.
God is a bullet
and religion is a loaded gun
Absolution, God is a bullet, The Mission
Regardless of Wayne's intentions for this lyric my take on this is the use of religion as a weapon. Not just this current fight with terrorism but the constant justification throughout history for mistreatment of others because of their faith or lack of it.
A bridge is not a high place
The fifty-second floor
Icarus would know
A mountain isn't far to fall
When you've fallen
When you've fallen from the moon
The Great Escape - Falling from the moon, Brave, Marillion
Success is getting what you want
but happiness is wanting what you get
In Silhouette, God is a bullet, The Mission
A good definition of happiness if ever I heard one.
I'm in love with my lust
Burning angelwings to dust
I wish I had your angel tonight
I wish I had an angel, Once, Nightwish
I just love these words. Somehow they are so filthy :-)
You see, without the Truth of the Eyes, the Happyfolk were blind.
Fire coming out of a monkey's head, Demon Days, Gorillaz
However you choose to interpret these lyrics, there is something relevant to us all somehow. Are we the happy folk or are we the strange folk that are mentioned in the rest of the lyrics.