Fish makes a welcome return to the North East of England and a date at the O2 Academy Newcastle.
Fish is reprising his “Farewell to Childhood” tour in Newcastle tonight following a run of European dates at the end of last year.
The band takes to the stage, and they launch straight into a quartet of numbers from Fish’s expansive solo career including “Pipeline”, “Family Business”, “The Perception of Johnny Punter,” and the title track from his last album “Feast of Consequences.” However, this is the precursor to the main event, which many of the capacity crowd in attendance have come here to witness tonight.
This evening, Fish is playing Marillion’s seminal album, Misplaced Childhood, for the last time live and in full. Fish walks the Geordie faithful down memory lane as he and his band perform this stunning piece of music in its entirety, uninterrupted, from start to finish and the audience is loving it. Captivating visuals on a video screen at the back of the stage accompany the performance. The crowd sing, clap, dance, and thrust their hands in the air as the band delivers classics like “Kayleigh”, “Heart of Lothian,” and “Childhoods End.”
Joining Fish is an incredibly talented group of musicians, including Steve Vantsis (bass), Robin Boult (guitars), Gavin Griffiths (drums) and Tony Turrell (Keyboards), who each bring Misplaced Childhood to life.
The album segment of the show comes to a close with the superb “White Feather,” the band leaving the stage to rapturous applause but they aren’t done yet. The band return to the stage as Fish informs the crowd, “This one is a bit older,” before launching into the fan favourite, “Market Square Heroes.” Its hypnotic keyboard riffs lights the blue touch paper in the room.
Not wanting the night to end, the band return to the stage for a second encore which Fish informs the crowd is a drinking song. He reminisced about his youth and drinking bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale with friends whilst listening to Pink Floyd records, much to the crowd’s pleasing.
Fish brings the evening to a close with “The Company” from his 1990 album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors, which features some crowd participation as Fish entices them into pirouetting on demand, that may well be a first at the O2 Academy Newcastle, the Geordies happily oblige.
Misplaced Childhood may have been originally released back in 1985, but at the vintage age of thirty-one years old, it still sounds as good tonight as it did back then.