“I’ve been to the Classic Rock Awards a number of times in the past and always had a magnificent time,” says Fish. “But when they asked me to host it this year I must confess to having a wobbly-kneed moment that took me back to being asked to sing ‘Flower Of Scotland’ before the Scotland-England Euro championship game at Wembley. However, I shall be donning my finest suit and looking forward to addressing the assmbled great and good of the rock and roll industry, preferably with a wee dram in my hand. It promises to be a fine night!”
Having first come to fame as lead singer of the multi-million-selling band Marillion in the 1980’s, Fish has since forged a singular, and hugely-acclaimed, solo career with a fanbase stretching around the world. His brand new album, ‘A Feast Of Consequences’, is a truly remarkable work that is already being hailed as a classic amongst his fans, and sees Fish at the very peak of his talents.
Ahead of his first London show in a number of years – this time performing at The O2, as part of a bill with the legendary Mott The Hoople and also one of British rock’s finest bands, Thunder – Fish will be not only be hosting one of the most star-studded events in the music calendar in the shape of the Classic Rock ‘Roll Of Honour’ Awards, but will also be taking part in a very intimate Q&A session at the British Music Experience, within the 02.
This promises to be a fascinating event. In the six years since he last released an album Fish has been through many life-changing experiences – both personal and professional, good and bad – and travelled extensively. These events have reconnected him with all the things that have inspired him creatively over the years, and led him to discover new inspirations in the process; the result of which is ‘A Feast Of Consequences’.
In addition to discussing the new album, Fish will be in conversation with his long-term collaborator Mark Wilkinson who has been responsible for the artwork on his albums, dating back to the very first vinyl releases by Marillion back in 1982. Mark’s most recent work has been the 100-page hardback book which accompanies ‘A Feast Of Consequences’ and renders in detail many of the First World War scenes which are central to the album’s stunning five-song suite, ‘The High Wood’; a moving and evocative rendering of the experiences endured by soldiers at The Somme, including both of Fish’s grandfathers.
As Fish explains:“Mark and I decided last year that we wanted to put something very special together and he suggested going for the 100 page book. The imagery has developed and changed direction since we first discussed ideas mainly due to the dominance of the ‘High Wood’ suite within the album. We have still retained the environmental themes we started with but since Mark and his wife Julie visited the Somme battlefield the burning tree took over as the main image and it’s linked well with the original ideas.
Julie has done some great watercolours and drawings in the style of soldier’s art on the Western Front which really adds to the atmosphere captured in the songs as well as adding her input throughout the 89 or so illustrations and photos in the book. Mark’s principal artwork is quite simply stunning! I think it’s their finest hour and as always matches the mood of the music and lyrics perfectly.
It was important for us both to deliver something very special and this entire project has been close to our hearts for a long time now. We both still believe in the old fashioned relationship between music and artwork where they combine to create something quite magical. This is the closest we have ever got to those heady experiences of the gatefold sleeve experience when we bought albums as teenagers!”
Tickets for ‘In Conversation with Fish & Mark Wilkinson’ are available now, priced at £7.70, fromwww.britishmusicexperience.com/fish/
Tickets for Fish, Thunder & Mott The Hoople in concert at London 02 are available now from all usual outlets.
‘A Feast of Consequences’ is available now through the websitewww.fishheadsclub.com
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