cygnify, on 06 March 2018 - 03:28 PM, said:
I saw Marillion in Orlando a couple weeks back. I was super hyped to meet one of my drumming heros - Mr. Ian Mosley. It was neat talking with him about drum tracks that inspired me so much in the 80's. However, the show pretty much solidified my take on Marillion. I adored the Fish era - and not just because of Fish, but their musical direction in general. And, unfortunately, I just really do not care for the H era. I tried, back in 89 with Season's End, and it didn't take. As big a Marillion fan as I was, I gave them lots more chances with each album. But they all pretty much fell flat for me. The show mirrored that. I could appreciate some of the art of the new disc - but, frankly, I found the drums very straight forward and boring (almost no fills at all...), the guitar solos significantly lacking, and I don't really like H's voice (a newbie friend joked of H "you can tell he's in love with his voice" and termed it "Dennis DeYoung syndrome".) By in large, the H era stuff just feels so "Meh" to me, with just a few exceptions (though Easter was very nice live.) It was interesting to note that perhaps alot of the Marillion die-hards feel that way too - the biggest audience response of the night were for "Sugar Mice", "Kayleigh" and "Garden Party".
When I last saw Marillion in 2016, I did notice the tempo was lacking a little, but other than that I thought it was a great show. Mosley has never been one to draw a lot of attention to himself. He just sits back there and gets the job done with a lot of subtly. .
For me I think Hograth's voice has improved over the last 10 years. There are various points (Brave and Afraid of Sunlight) where I didn't think that was the case but I think he finally found his sweet spot.
For what it's worth, I think the Fish-era should be left alone. I don't like Hogarth singing it and Fish really can't do it any more. There are plenty choice live shows out there to enjoy. Although Rothery does a decent job of it with his band.I guess.