Marillion have been in the studio daily since the beginning of the year, jamming and putting down the initial "happy accidents" which will eventually lead to album number nineteen (I had to look it up!)
Every day has yielded up something interesting and I don’t think I’ve ever felt more relaxed at this stage in the writing process. Good stuff.
Our signed “Friends” prints have raised over 10,000 euros for the “Hope Flowers” school. That’s totally incredible!
Thank you all. x
Yesterday we were proud to welcome Harry Dunn’s family for a tour of our studio. You may or may not know about Harry’s tragic and controversial death in a road accident last year.
Having lived myself for many years in Charlton, Northants, I had already met Harry’s mum, Charlotte, in the local pub some years ago. Radd Seiger (an American himself) who has volunteered to represent the family, was my next door neighbour and I’m actually Godfather to one of his children!
It’s strange how things sometimes fall into your lap. Radd called me last weekend and told me that Harry’s brothers Michael and Ciaran were Marillion fans and musicians so I invited everyone over. I hope we managed to spread a little bit of good feeling and, if only for an hour, ease their pain.
I’m feeling a little sensitive about being seen as “the political one” in the band.
My politics are nothing to do with this - I’m simply hoping you’ll click on the link below, read the story and empathise with the tragedy and injustice this bereaved and lovely family has had to endure for many months now.
What a wonderful think to do Steve. Living in Brackley I have seen the out pouring of love and support so many people around here have given to the family. Such a devastating thing to happen to this family. My heart goes out to them all.
Am sure Harry's family had a wonderful time at the studio.xx
What a lovely thing to do.
It's so strange the connections and happy coincidences that fill our lives. I hope Harry's family had a nice time.
I've signed. I can't begin to imagine the heartache this family must feel, it's so, so tragic. Well done h and the guys for helping in whatever way you can ❤❤
Done, a great act of kindness showing family around studio. It the little thing x
As others have said Steve , you’re not political, you’re human, with all the potential for love and compassion that can be realised when thought is engaged. You demonstrate this so often, and your lyrics and the bands music have helped me countless times.
Signed ...Sending hope & love to Harry’s family, would be nice to see some justice for them❤️......
Here’s hoping the new album’s on the shelves before too long guys🤞
It's actually Album 20 - assuming that we're counting both L=M and WFfTO as Studio Albums? 🤓
Love the sentiment Steve. Think it's disgusting that she can plead immunity from prosecution. How that poor family are coping knowing she is walking around free to live her life I'll never know. At the end of the day it's manslaughter and she should face the consequences.
Wonderful act of you Steve! Diplomatic immunity was made by politicians to (over)protect politicians and their family. It should never ever extend and cover killing another human being. Regardless of the immunity, what a great precedence/example it would set for human kind if she returned by free will to the UK and seek a peaceful settlement... otherwise this case represents one of the essential things that is still wrong in politics in the 3rd millenium...
This whole tragedy was horrendous and avoidable! I hope they get the justice they deserve! Signed. Lots of love and prayers ❤
As a resident of Northants I know how much this has affected the community.
Signed,shared and donated.
God bless you h!
As an ex serviceman who served for a straight nine years in Germany this tragic accident is close to home. It was very hard whilst on leave in the UK or when living in Germany to remember which side of the road to drive on, especially at junctions and for example fuel stations. It is particularly galling that Sarcoolas fled the Country and even more so that she has refused to return. Shared
You have a huge heart H and I love that x
Glad to hear the writing's going well. I'm sure most people would agree that a family member of a government official shouldn't be able to kill someone and walk away without facing any kind of responsibility for it, and at the very least the diplomat's wife could express some kind of apology to the family. What h did for Harry's brothers was a nice gesture. I hope his family get the closure they need.
Not political at all. A lovely and heartwarming gesture to give them a moment of respite ❤️
Don't see it as political, bit see it as the right thing to do.
It was a lovely gesture to give them something positive to enjoy.
Signed. This isn't political, just humanitarian. Congratulations to you and the band for helping Harry's family.
I believe our own politics influence everything we do/how we treat people/the choices we make so no need to feel reticent about being “the political one”. Signed so thank you for caring ♥️ xx
Signed. What a cowardly and disgraceful thing. My apologies to the Dunns; makes me ashamed that my country supports such an abandonment of responsibility.
Signed, mind-blowing how the world works sometimes. Lots of love and strength for all who where close to him. ❤️ From holland
I'm an american. Proud of it. Much to the chagrin of many fans sadly. As h stated, I’m feeling a little sensitive about being seen as “the political one” in the fan group.
That stated, politics aside, on the surface, this is wrong. However, I'm reading conflicting reports. Even from the more liberal news agencies in the US, they are reporting that as the wide of an American Diplomat, that in fact she DOES have immunity. UN rules and all. As a matter of fact, Reuters, NY Times, WA Post - all rather liberal - all report that diplomatic immunity is intact in this case.
In the end, I think the woman should sit before a judge in the UK and face the charges. OR- contact the family to seek a justifiable resolution. My problem isn't that she seemingly rightfully used Diplomatic Immunity. My problem is that Diplomatic Immunity exists.
Prayers to the mother and family. 😔
Nice one H. We live near to Croughton also and it's had a big impact round the area for sure.
Hey politics is part of life so having an opinion is normal. As for the Harry plight, no right minded individual would condone what is happening here. Sacoolas is running scared but time will run out. This needs justice for the family, it’s the only way they will be able to rest if at all.
Signed, I shall be expecting a knock on the door any day now in New Mexico. :-)
What a beautiful gesture h. Petition signed and shared. X
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I've literally never met anyone in real life who also knew Marillion. Maybe some day :P
On the Afraid of Sunlight tour I sent a postcard to the band at Wolverhampton Civic Hall to arrive on the day of the concert. I asked them to dedicate 'Beautiful' to my fiance Melanie. Beautiful came and went with no dedication. I assumed that the card hadn't reached the band, or they didn't feel it appropriate to dedicate songs. Anyhow the encore came and 'H' said something along the lines of 'we were asked to dedicate a song earlier we didn't so this is for Melanie, this is for you.... and played 'No One Can. Mel, realising what had happened started to cry, and continued to cry through the encore and all the way back home.
She was doing a youth work placement at the time. The next time I picked her up from the youth centre, this burly bloke came running out to the car and told me to get out, I was a little perturbed - anyhow he proceeded to give me a massive embrace. Mel had told him what I'd done and he was so moved by it he wanted to give me a hug.
When Mel and I got married I got a picture disc of 'No One Can' framed as a wedding gift!
Fast foward - we have been married nearly 24 years and last November Mel and I, took our two teenage lads to see the band at The Sage in Gateshead!!!!
When my dear friend Susan and I reconnected after more than a decade apart, we would talk for hours long-distance catching up on our days, and before we knew it, we both realised we were falling in love.
One night it was pouring outside and I asked her if I could play a song for her down the telephone line...that song was “Waiting To Happen”.
At the end of the song, I heard what sounded like soft sobbing, and she said “that is so beautiful”...she came to live with me in January 1999, and we married in October 2002...and yes, that was our song where we first danced as man and wife. ❤️
I once tried to masturbate to Grendel, but couldn't make it to the end...🤪
My late wife Sally chose 'Lavender' as her entrance song to our wedding.
I wish! As a slightly "younger" Marillion fan, (born the week Misplaced Childhood was released), I've met very few people of a similar age who even knew Marillion. Slightly depressing how many girls in my age group are named Kayleigh and have no idea where the name comes from.
Hello and Happy Valentine's Day to all <3! In 1995 I went to a Marillion concert in London and as I was younger in that time,I've made it to the front row...-Hooray..Next to me was a lovely guy from Wales-Mark Llewellyn and I still remember his first words to me,like it was yesterday...He came to visit me two month later and gave me a selfmade scrapbook full of Marillion magazine pages and memories..I was overwhelmed and couldn't believe it,that he made this for me...After that time he flew over to see me then every two to three month.Three years later I moved from Germany to Wales and in September this year will be our 25th Anniversary since we first met and since our first kiss...<3
I met my husband because I'm a Marillion fan and he is the bass player of the chilean Marillion Tribute Band <3 "Neverland" was my entrance song to our wedding, "Fantastic Place" was our "waltz", and the lyrics 'the soul, the spark" are engraved in our rings.
When I was in high school I met a creepy guy over the internet who took a gray hound from NY to mn to meet me. This was in 2002. We fell in love but he had to return home for a few months while I finished school. When he left he wrote me a note and left a CD in the player entitled "marillion sad songs". The CD consisted of maybe 4 songs, Kayleigh, beautiful, island, and after me. When I found that CD I was totally heartbroken but I promised myself I'd finish school and then we'd be together. Flash forward to 2010 and we finally met the band in Chicago when we won meet and greet tickets. Then a few years later we flew to Montreal for our first anniversary while I was 4 months pregnant for the marillion weekend. Kayleigh turns 4 on Tuesday :)
My girlfriend Ulrika gave me a weekend trip to Paris (we live in Sweden) to celebrate my 45th birthday. I got so happy and didn´t believe it was true. After the first chock she gave me an envelope. When I opened it there was two tickets to Marillion at Zénith that weekend. I just couldn´t believe my eyes! Paris and MARILLION! This was 2017 and it´s the best gift I ever had! She is the best! <3
In our live together we discovered Marillion. It' s absolutely "our " band and moments we share together.
Really time for " us " ❤️.
My first married dance to my ex was "Beautiful" we're not together anymore but he's still a great friend and we had 2 wonderful children so it's not that sad! Happy Valentines Day ❤️🌹 x
I haven't met my girlfriend Naila Tigchelaar because of Marillion. When I met her at the end of 2010 she only knew Kayleigh, Lavender and a few other Fish-period songs. Then I gave her a cd with songs from the Hogarth-period. Because she is a polite person she accepted it and listened to it. Since then she is also a fan of the band and have we visited the last several years concerts when Marillion and H-Natural played in Holland and the PZ-weekends of 2017 and 2019.
"Moon-washed college halls" -- I met my wife shortly after having just found Fugazi. We were at university in 1985 and eagerly awaited the new Marillion album "Misplaced Childhood. Despite not naming our first born "Kayleigh Lavender" (I lost that one), our daughter still asked us to play "Afraid of Sunlight" almost every night as her bedtime lullaby. We are such nerds--for an anniversary I bought the Mark Wilkerson print of Misplaced Childhood and had it framed for my wife -- it is proudly displayed in our den -- (next to a framed Brave print).
My now husband and I had our second date at the Bowery Ballroom for the Los Trios Marillion show and he made a grand gesture to get me a birthday shout out from the band (brilliant move). We found out years later from a friend it ended up on the recording we didn’t even know was happening. Thank you for not only a lifetime of magical music but a super awesome second date story. Big love to all. Xoxo
I still hope to find love for the autumn and winter of my life. He can only be a fan of Marillion because no other man would understand me. So guys, applications to me, please 🤣🤪🥰. Gladly someone close to me.
Happy Valentine's day for all happy lovers.😘
My late partner reignited my love affair with Marillion back in 1997.
I took our son, aged 8 to see you guys in Cardiff last year.
It's safe to say, he loves your music too!
Lots of precious memories connected with your music ❤️❤️❤️
I was a boy scout, and Louise Aird was a girl guide. She noticed my MC t-shirt, and asked can I borrow some Marillion tapes. She never listened to them it was just an excuse. 33 years later, we're married and have 2 children, and she follows the band as much as I do. 😉
I've been a fan of the band since 1982, ever since I heard 3 Boats on the Friday Rock Show, and always dreamt of seeing them at the RAH. 2 amazing people bought us tickets for 2017 but our miracle daughter was born in the September, by emergency C Section, and it was too soon for us to leave her with grandparents. My wife said I could go without her, but my place was with her at that time, and anyway, we're a package deal, you can't have one without the other. This year, I finally managed to tick an item off my bucket list and got to see the band on the Monday night at the RAH, with Vix. A dream fulfilled
I met my lovely boyfriend Richie chewie Davies at Marillion uk weekend 2017.we were just friends until last year.now we are living together and loving it.if it wasn’t for Marillion we would never have met.
Out of this world
This is your day
We played 'out of this world' 20 years ago on our wedding like a kind of promise. Still together, happy Valentines day!! Oh.. Forgot to say that we met at a ''garden party"🤣
Fell in love with this amazing band because my husband insisted I go to the York concert in April 2018. Now we get to share everything Marillion, every day, together. I love you guys 💗💗💗
I proposed to my wife on Neverland. The lyrics 'the spark that drives me on' are engraved in her ring.
I have been married to my beautiful wife Helen for 20 years - our first dance at our wedding was " No one can" by Marillion. We still play it every now and then. Caught you guys in concert in Reading and Hemel Hempstead a couple of times. Thank you for the good times that have been and are yet to come.
Oh definitely. Met my wife Grace Byers at the 2015 uk convention and over the years became friends. In 2017 I went to support her at swap the band where she sang hooks in you with h. We accidentally bumped in to each other at the Steven Wilson gig in Manchester in 2018 and something clicked that day. We decide to go on a proper date at the Marillion York gig in April 2018,which was best first date of our lives. We quickly fell in love and were married at the Uk convention in 2019 in front of 80 of our Marillion family . We had our stag & hen parties in Port Zelande, married at the uk con and honeymooned at the Portugal convention. So you could say Marillion had a slight part in our story lol we couldn’t be happier now and have you guys to thank for bringing us together and for all the amazing people we now call family in our lives ❤️❤️❤️