After a short break, Marillion open their Show with El Dorado, from their latest album F.E.A.R., a collection of songs played with power and grace against a back drop of stunning cinematic visuals. The Gold is one of the highlights. Living in FEAR and The Leavers are also included in the set list.
Steve Hogarth, the master of musical theatre, delivers songs throughout the Show, with passion and emotion, telling stories with expressive hand and facial gestures.
The band plays a wide range of songs from their back catalogue, including the groovy song, Quartz (Anoraknophobia), which showcases Peter Trewavas on bass and Steve Hogarth has a cricket bat which he tells the audience "I turned it on and it made a noise". The talented lead guitarist, Steve Rothery, plays some stunning solos during the evening, including his part in Seasons End, which receives massive applause from the audience.
There is a nice moment during the Show, when Steve Hogarth gives Tommy, one of the band's roadies, a candle lit birthday cake in celebration of his 30th birthday. It's great fun as the audience sing along to a rendition of Happy Birthday.
The Show ends with The Great Escape (Brave), with its Bristol connection, bringing an excited audience to their feet. As the band leaves the stage there are cries for more echoing around the hall.
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