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First Demo With Fish

First Demo With Fish

First Demo With Fish
02.01.1981 - Leyland Hill Farm Studio - Gawcott, England
01 The Web (Close)

INFO: One of the demo songs sent to Fish and Diz in December 1980 was called "Close". Fish wrote new lyrics and later overdubed Doug Irvine's vocals at Leyland Farm Studios. "Close" became the archetype of "The Web" (from the debut album Script For A Jester's Tear).
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Club/College/Pub Shows

Club/College/Pub Shows - Leg 1 - 14.03.-15.07.1981 - England (32 Shows)

Club/College/Pub Shows
Marillion: Logo - 1981
14.03.1981 - Red Lion Pub - Bicester, England
INFO: Photos below taken from The Web - Issue No. 15
Steve and Fish: Red Lion Pub, Bicester - 14.03.1981 - Photos taken from "The Web" - Issue No. 15
INFO: The Web - Issue 1
February 1982:

"Diz Minnett (bass) and Fish (vocals) answered an ad in Musicians Only and moved down to Aylesbury on the 2nd January, 1981. The new line up rehearsed at the Leyland Farm Studios* in Bucks for 10 weeks and played their first set at the Red Lion, Bicester on the 14th March.

65 people turned up!"



PIC: * Demo Tape by Denis Thomas
PIC: Photo of the Venue by Steve Mobley
First Show - Steve And Fish
16.03.1981 - Stoke Mandeville Hospital - Aylesbury, England
18.03.1981 - White Hart - Bletchley, England
27.03.1981 - SU Bar - High Wycombe, England
31.03.1981 - The Brittania - Aylesbury, England
04.04.1981 - Kings Arms Hall - Berkhamsted, England
16.04.1981 - Annie's Wine Bar - Amersham, England
24.04.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
26.04.1981 - Red Lion Pub - Bicester, England
30.04.1981 - Dacorum College - Hemel Hempstead, England
01.05.1981 - Kings Arms Hall - Berkhamsted, England
02.05.1981 - Horn of Plenty - St. Albans, England
05.05.1981 - The Britannia - Aylesbury, England
09.05.1981 - Nags Head - Woolaston, England
10.05.1981 - The Bell - Maidenhead, England
PIC: Ad, see below
Ad: Maidenhead - 10.05.1981 | Promo-Photo: Friars Square, Aylesbury - 1981
From left to right:

DIZ MINNETT
STEVE ROTHERY
BRIAN JELLIMAN
FISH
MICK POINTER

Promo-Photo taken from a newspaper article, published by Friars Aylesbury - Thanks to Mike O'Connor
Ad - Maidenhead
Early Line-up At Friars Square
22.05.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
29.05.1981 - Aston Hall - Aylesbury, England (Friars)
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 The Web
04 Charting The Single
05 Grendel
06 Margaret

PIC: Ad
PIC: Concert Poster by Claude Micallef Attard
PIC: Concert Poster by Denis Thomas
30.05.1981 - Red Lion Pub - Bicester, England
03.06.1981 - The Britannia - Aylesbury, England
06.06.1981 - Horn of Plenty - St. Albans, England
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad (NME) with tour dates by Mike Eldon
07.06.1981 - The Bell - Maidenhead, England
10.06.1981 - White Hart - Bletchley, England
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad (NME) with tour dates by Mike Eldon
12.06.1981 - Horse and Groom - Bedford, England
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad (NME) with tour dates by Mike Eldon
13.06.1981 - Nags Head - Woolaston, England
14.06.1981 - Target Club - Reading, England
18.06.1981 - Nags Head - High Wycombe, England
24.06.1981 - Technical College - Luton, England
26.06.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
28.06.1981 - Hanborough Tavern - Southall, England
01.07.1981 - The Britannia - Aylesbury, England
08.07.1981 - Hospital - RAF Halton, England (the set included an impromptu vocal rendition of the Dambuster's theme by the entire band)
15.07.1981 - Wheatsheaf - Dunstable, England
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Demo - The Roxon Tape

Demo - The Roxon Tape

Demo - The Roxon Tape
18.07. - 19.07.1981 - Roxon Studios - Watlington, England
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 Charting The Single
Marillion-Demo: The Roxon Tape - July 1981
INFO: The first commercially released demo tape produced by Les Payne.
400 copies of the tape were pressed and intended as promotional releases. Due to a demand from their fans, the tape was later sold at gigs also as promotion for the band.

In the August issue of Sounds the band got 19 lines: "Marillion, an Aylesbury five-piece who freely admit the marked Genesis influence both in their writing and performance, release a limited-edition privately-recorded cassette this week. The three-track tape runs for 15 minutes and features He Knows You Know, Garden Party and Charting The Single and is available for 1,25 from 13 Winchester House, Bishops Walk, Aylesbury, Bucks..."
(Sounds, August 1981).

That tape was rejected by every major label in the UK, including EMI...

PIC: The Roxon Tape The Roxon Tape
The Roxon Tape
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Club/College/Pub Shows

Club/College/Pub Shows - Leg 2 - 21.07.-31.10.1981 - England (28 Shows)

Club/College/Pub Shows
Marillion: Logo - 1981
Info/Pic
PIC: First ever Marillion Concert Poster - with 1983 line-up autographs
PIC: First ever Marillion T-Shirt (only 100 copies were made)
21.07.1981 - Walton Garden Party - Aylesbury, England (a street party for the Royal Wedding Day)
28.07.1981 - The Britannia - Aylesbury, England
29.07.1981 - Street Party - Aston Clinton, England
01.08.1981 - Maxwell Hall - Aylesbury, England (Friars)
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad
PIC: Concert Poster by Claude Micallef Attard
21.08.1981 - Horse and Groom - Bedford, England
26.08.1981 - White Hart - Bletchley, England
28.08.1981 - Nowhere Club - Bicester, England
04.09.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
09.09.1981 - The Brittania - Aylesbury, England
14.09.1981 - The Civic Centre - St. Albans, England
01 Charting The Single
02 He Knows You Know
03 Garden Party
04 Forgotten Sons

SUPPORT BAND: As Above So Below
SUPPORTING: Budgie

"My first time to see the band, albeit very briefly sandwiched in between the two other bands. The band look naturals on the big stage and create quite a stir." Mike Eldon
19.09.1981 - College - High Wycombe, England
25.09.1981 - Stoke Mandeville Hospital - Aylesbury, England
26.09.1981 - Target Club - Reading, England
08.10.1981 - Pennyfarthing - Oxford, England
09.10.1981 - Electric Stadium - Chadwell Heath, England
10.10.1981 - Black Lion - Northampton, England
12.10.1981 - Mad Hatters - Luton, England
14.10.1981 - Wheatsheaf - Dunstable, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 Garden Party
03 Charting The Single
04 He Knows You Know
05 Madcap's Embrace
06 Forgotten Sons
07 The Web
08 Grendel
09 Margaret

"My local pub... home to many a great prog gig in the early eighties. A chance to sample a whole set, in front of a packed house, I choose to stand about two inches away from Fish at the front... boy is that man scary!" Mike Eldon
15.10.1981 - Crown Hotel - Leamington Spa, England
19.10.1981 - Newlands Park College - Chalfont St. Peter, England
20.10.1981 - The Marquee Club - London, England
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad
PIC: 21.11.1981 - Review by Xavier Russell (Sounds)
SUPPORTING: Girl
22.10.1981 - Elgiva Hall - Chesham, England
01 Charting The Single
02 Skyline Drifter
03 He Knows You Know
04 Garden Party
05 Forgotten Sons
06 The Web
07 Margaret

PIC: Ticket by Mike Eldon
SUPPORTING: Dark Star
23.10.1981 - Northwich Park Hospital - Harrow, England
24.10.1981 - Nags Head - High Wycombe, England
26.10.1981 - Polytechnic - Oxford, England
29.10.1981 - Great Northern Club - Cambridge, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 He Knows You Know
03 Garden Party
04 The Web
05 Charting The Single
06 Forgotten Sons
07 Grendel
08 Margaret
09 Garden Party
30.10.1981 - Horse and Groom - Bedford, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 Charting The Single
03 Garden Party
04 The Web
05 Madcap's Embrace
06 Forgotten Sons
07 He Knows You Know
08 Grendel
09 Margaret
31.10.1981 - Maxwell Hall - Aylesbury, England (Friars)
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 The Web
04 Charting The Single
05 Forgotten Sons
06 Margaret

PIC: Concert Poster by Mike Eldon
PIC: Concert Posters by Claude Micallef Attard
PIC: Ticket by Mike Eldon
SUPPORTING: John Martyn and Bumble & The Beez
INFO: Thanks to AJ Samuels Concert Posters
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Saliva Tears Tour

Saliva Tears Tour '81-'82 - Leg 1 - 01.11.-24.12.1981 - England (16 Shows)

Saliva Tears Tour
Marillion: Banner - Saliva Tears Tour 81-82
Info/Pic
INFO: 16 shows of this tour were cancelled
PIC: November 1981 - Handout with tour dates Handout
PIC: Concert Poster: Saliva Tears Tour '81-'82 Saliva Tears Tour '81-'82 Saliva Tears Tour '81-'82
PIC: T-Shirt: Saliva Tears Tour '81-'82 (with The Roxon Tape) by Andy Murphy
01.11.1981 - Red Lion - Gravesend, England
04.11.1981 - Scamps - Oxford, England
06.11.1981 - The Roebuck - Erdington, England (cancelled show)
05.11.1981 - Compass Club - Milton Keynes, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 He Knows You Know
03 Garden Party
04 Charting The Single
05 The Web
06 Madcap's Embrace
07 Forgotten Sons
08 Grendel
09 Margaret

"Oh, how I wish we weren't here! The Compass Club turns out to be a youth club and worse than that populated by skinheads!
Being the true showman, Fish had won them over and dances Margaret with them by the end of the evening!" Mike Eldon
07.11.1981 - Nags Head - Woolaston, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 Charting The Single
03 He Knows You Know
04 The Web
05 Garden Party
06 Madcap's Embrace
07 Forgotten Sons
08 Grendel
09 Margaret
10 Charting The Single + Chelsea Monday + She Chameleon

"Charting The Single turned into a jam featuring bits of the newly written Chelsea Monday and She Chameleon" Mike Eldon
09.11.1981 - The Railway Hotel - Bishops Stortford, England (cancelled show)
"We drove all the way to Bishops Stortford, through the country lanes, in such thick fog you could hardly see the front of the bonnet.
When we got there the gig was double booked and the band spend all evening arguing. Can't remember who, but one of the band wants to call it a day!" Mike Eldon
11.11.1981 - The Rising Sun - Kettering, England (cancelled show)
11.11.1981 - Electric Stadium - Chadwell Heath, England
12.11.1981 - The Bull & Dolphin - Peterborough, England (cancelled show)
12.11.1981 - 101 Club - Clapham, England
13.11.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
01 Skyline Drifter
02 He Knows You Know
03 Garden Party
04 Forgotten Sons
05 Charting The Single
06 Madcap's Embrace
07 Forgotten Sons
08 Grendel
09 Margaret + Chelsea Monday
18.11.1981 - The Kingfisher - Corby, England (cancelled show)
19.11.1981 - The Caribbean Club - Oxford, England (cancelled show)
20.11.1981 - Elgiva Hall - Chesham, England
21.11.1981 - Elgiva Hall - Chesham, England
01 Garden Party
02 Forgotten Sons
03 Charting The Single
04 He Knows You Know
05 Grendel
06 The Web
06 Margaret
08 Garden Party

PIC: Ticket by Mike Eldon
SUPPORT BANDS: Solstice, World's Apart
INFO: Last show with Brian Jelliman
Photos by Mike Eldon

Photos by Mike Eldon

Photos by Mike Eldon
22.11.1981 - The Romany - Northampton, England (cancelled show)
23.11.1981 - The Mad Hatter - Luton, England (cancelled show)
27.11.1981 - The Montague Theatre - Worthing, England (cancelled show)
28.11.1981 - The Fountain - Worthing, England (cancelled show)
28.11.1981 - Village Hall - Aston Clinton, England
Setlist unknown

INFO: Marillion played as 4-piece band
29.11.1981 - The Badger - Bournemouth, England (cancelled show)
01.12.1981 - Great Northern - Cambridge, England
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 The Web
04 Charting The Single
05 Forgotten Sons
06 Grendel
07 Margaret
08 Garden Party

INFO: First show with Mark Kelly
02.12.1981 - Electric Stadium - Chadwell Heath, England
Setlist unknown

PIC: Ad
PIC: Ad by Denis Thomas
03.12.1981 - Queensway Hall - Dunstable, England
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 Charting The Single
04 The Web
05 Forgotten Sons
06 Margaret

SUPPORTING: Lindisfarne
04.12.1981 - The Nowhere Club - Bicester, England (cancelled show)
05.12.1981 - The Black Lion - Northampton, England (cancelled show)
09.12.1981 - The Wheatsheaf - Dunstable, England (cancelled show)
15.12.1981 - Wheatsheaf - Dunstable, England
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 The Web
04 Madcap's Embrace
05 Charting The Single
06 Grendel
07 Margaret

"This evening became known as the "drink more beer" night... origin long forgotten! It was something to do with Fish saying onstage
"drink more beer, throw money" which as the evening progressed became "drink money, throw more beer" " Mike Eldon
15.12.1981 - The Grammar School - Aylesbury, England (cancelled show)
16.12.1981 - Electric Stadium - Chadwell Heath, England
Setlist unknown

SUPPORT: The Theatre Of The Absurd

Ad: Electric Stadium, Chadwell Heath - 16.12.1981
21.12.1981 - Bouncing Ball Club - London, England (cancelled show)
PIC: Ad by Denis Thomas
24.12.1981 - Starting Gate - Milton Keynes, England
01 He Knows You Know
02 Garden Party
03 Forgotten Sons
04 The Institution Waltz
05 The Web
06 Three Boats Down From The Candy
07 Charting The Single
08 Madcap's Embrace
09 Grendel
10 Margaret
11 I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrope)

PIC: Flyer by Claude Micallef Attard
PIC: Ticket
PIC: Ticket
PIC: Demo Tape by Denis Thomas
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