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16th January 2017

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Fish has announced a UK tour for the end of the year which will see him perform new songs from his forthcoming 'Weltschmerz' album plus Marillion's 1987 opus 'Clutching At Straws' in it's entirety.

The big Scotsman was the lead vocalist of Marillion between 1981-1988 and enjoyed four Top Ten albums with the progressive rockers including 'Misplaced Childhood' which reached Number One in 1985.

Although 'Clutching At Straws' did not achieve the level of sales of its predecessor, 'Misplaced Childhood', the album was still an immediate success by crashing straight into the charts at Number Two. It was kept off the top spot by Whitney Houston.

'Clutching At Straws' produced three UK Top 40 singles, 'Incommunicado', 'Sugar Mice' and 'Warm Wet Circles'. The resulting tour saw Marillion upgrade to the arenas including three sold out nights at Wembley Arena.

Fish said: "These are the only dates this year as because of my shoulder operation next month with the extensive recovery period and my commitments to writing and recording the new 'Weltschmerz' album I decided to postpone all European touring until Spring 2018.

"The setlist for this tour will include a full performance of the 'Clutching At Straws' album on it's 30th anniversary and as with the 2015-16 'Farewell To Childhood' tour will be it's final full outing."

Here are the UK 'Weltschmerz - Clutching At Straws 2017' tour dates for December with tickets going on sale tomorrow right here.

Friday 8th December: Leeds University
Saturday 9th December: Manchester o2 Ritz
Sunday 10th December: Leamington Assembly
Tuesday 12th December: Cardiff Tramshed
Wednesday 13th December: Bristol o2 Academy
Friday 15th December: London Islington Assembly Hall
Saturday 16th December: London Islington Assembly Hall
Tuesday 19th December: Cambridge Corn Exchange
Wednesday 20th December: Newcastle Wylam Brewery
Thursday 21st December: Glasgow o2 ABC

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monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is strictly limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.


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