Marillion Offer Lavender and Kayleigh in Neverland of Quebec City
Quebec City – 12 July 2014 – British progressive rock band Marillion flew in especially from the United Kingdom for a one-off Canadian appearance. The lead singer telling us that they were returning home on the plane the next day.
I don’t think they’d do that for many people, in many cities. But they do have a special following throughout Quebec and I think the appreciation is mutual.
I’m from England, was born and raised there, and didn’t actually move to Quebec until my early thirties. I grew up listening to bands like Marillion, and when I heard they were playing the Festival d’Été de Québec this year, the place, date, and time were firmly inked in my agenda, with a DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW scribbled next to the big smiley face I also drew.
Saturday night at the Scène Loto-Québec stage in the Parc de la Francophonie in Quebec City saw some 5,000 – 6,000 dedicated, respectful fans of a certain age (some bringing their children with them) turn up to witness their prog rock heroes.
The five-piece band consisting of Steve Hogarth, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley, Steve Rothery and Mark Kelly were on fine form, delivering an array of songs from the luxury of the large catalogue of material they have to choose from.
Most of the songs they performed were for the purists, with the exception of Kayleigh, and then Lavender – perhaps the two tunes Marillion are best known for outside of their hardcore fanbase.
I first heard Kayleigh when I was the same age as my eldest daughter is now. And I’ve been interested in them ever since. Certain bands have longevity, and you tend to stay with them, as I, and many others, have done over the years. You hear a song that resonates, make the connection, and become a fan.
Lead singer Steve Hogarth interacted with the fans throughout the concert. Smiling, waving, clapping, talking about it being a short visit, but well worth it. Perhaps something to do with the group and its special relationship with its Quebec-based fans.
The set list included: Beautiful, Fantastic Place, You’re Gone, No One Can, Power, Man of A Thousand Faces, Sounds That Cannot Be Made, and perennial favourites Kayleigh and Lavender.
For an encore, they reappeared to sing Neverland. A brilliant song to finish off a great evening of entertainment.
Now that was worth going out for – yet another memorable offering from the 2014 Festival d’Été de Québec line up.
Montreal band Suuns, and then The D Project warmed up the crowd earlier.
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