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Veteran band has no FEAR about touring the UK
Innovative rockers Marillion are set to tour the UK in 2018, including a show at Birmingham Symphony Hall on April 14. Marillion's most recent album, F E A R, peaked at number four in the UK album charts and their October 2017 show at the Royal Albert Hall sold out within four minutes of going on sale.
The band formed in 1979, with Fish joining as lead singer in 1981. Upon his departure to pursue a solo career Steve Hogarth took on frontman duties in 1989. The current line-up is Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery (guitar), Pete Trewavas (bass), Mark Kelly (keyboards) and Ian Mosley (drums).
Marillion is widely acknowledged to have been the first mainstream band to use crowdfunding. As far back as the late 1990s, Marillion's fans sponsored an entire US tour, donating $60,000 after an appeal posted on the fledgeling Internet. In 1997 the band created its own website (believed to be the first rock 'n' roll website in the UK) and began a process that was to change the landscape of music.
With the support of their passionate fans, Marillion bypassed the conventional music industry, took control of their future and forged their own path. In 2001, their album Anoraknophobia saw the band take the groundbreaking step of asking fans to pre-order an album a full 12 months before release. Everyone doing so would receive a specially packaged CD, which would include their name in the 'Thanks' list. An amazing 12,000 people signed up, helping not only to finance the recording, but also to create a budget to launch the album.
Marillion has since funded a number of albums this way. The crowdfunded business model has been embraced globally to finance music, film and art which otherwise might never have existed.
Steve Hogarth says: "I have been part of this band for 28 years. I think we're as inspired as we ever were, and we're still enjoying creating together. Luckily, our music has remained free to evolve and change without the constraints of a corporate music business which otherwise might have killed us.
''By reinventing the business-model we have maintained a one-to-one relationship with our fans, and that feeling is never more apparent than at the live shows. It's always a pleasure to share a room with 'the family' and exchange the passion on stage with the passion off stage.''