Fish At The Peel
Last night (August 16), Fish played a special low key show at The Peel in Kingston. We sent Xavier Russell down to investigate.
Former Marillion court jester Fish made a triumphant return to the London stage at Kingston’s progtastic venue The House Of Progression, in The Peel. Inevitably, it was packed, even the overspill bar had to be opened to accommodate the throng of Fish/Marillion diehards.
Fish was on fine form and could quite easily make a second career as a stand
up comic/stroryteller. He’s very reminiscent of fellow Scot Billy Connolly, with his sarcastic wit, and deadpan delivery. There were many highly amusing anecdotes, the pick of the bunch being his remarks about Facebook Sluts, Internet Dating and The Twin Towers (no, not Wembley Stadium!).
And let’s not forget the music. Fish has a vast back catalogue of hidden treasures. So out of the hat came a mixture of solo material and a sprinkling of Marillion Faves. Highpoints were rousing versions of State Of Mind, Zoe 25, Fugazi, Kayleigh, the hypnotic Lavender and the very Who-esque Sugar Mice.
Fish certainly gives value for money these days, with a set that ran for close on two-and-a-half hours. He was also then happy to sign endless autographs, CDs T-shirts, etc. Fish later told me this current tour has been his most enjoyable for many a year. You only had to look at his beaming face as he went in search of another bevy. I’d love to see him now do a tour as a raconteur.
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