Well, that (Marillion F.E.A.R) will be a gig that sticks in the memory for a while.
Originally a fan club only warm up gig for the US tour, they released about 50 tickets to the wider public which is how I got one.
I’ll start by saying that although I own Marbles and Sounds I virtually gave up on Marillion after Afraid so I knew very little of the set.
It didn’t start well, with the walk on audio and visual display stopping and having to be restarted twice before they could come on. H joked that this was an experiment and wasn’t going well!
Before the gig started there was a huge display behind the stage asking people not to film it or post set lists as spoilers and I think that everyone obeyed that.
The sound mix was poor in places Rothery’s guitar almost inaudible behind lush and dense keyboards, then bursting through. Some individual decided to shout for Grendel a couple of times.
Then during the first encore song it all came to a stop. The tour manager interupted H mid song and H then explained someone had collapsed and was being given CPR. They turned on all the house lights and moved the fans to the other side of the room whilst he was being treated and then from the other side of the room someone else also collapsed and had to be treated!
This all took about 20 minutes during which time quite a few people left, then the band came on restarted the song and then called it a night as they were over curfew time.
Did I enjoy it? yes, I guess so. H is an engaging front man, I need to know more of their back catalogue to critique it. My friend who came with is a big Marillion fan and she enjoyed it, so I guess that it was good!