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Fish Update

As many who know me, both online and in person, are aware, my favorite singer is ex Marillion frontman Fish.  I became a huge fan when I first heard him sing on Misplaced Childhood, some 20 plus years ago. His departure from the band, and difficulty of getting his CD’s in the states, never deterred my enthusiasm for the man and his music.

This all culminated in my finally seeing him live this past July at the House of Blues in Hollywood, CA. The avatar I have on SL and Odark as well as one on my blog here are of Fish and myself. For me, it was liking meeting Stephen King or CLive Barker. It was a highpoint in my life, and one I will remember until I become worm food.

In an email this morning, Fish had this to say:

She took internal photos of my throat and vocal chords with an endoscope and pronounced that I didn’t have nodules.
I thought everything was going to be diagnosed as down to heavy usage and prescribed a rest from singing for a while.
Just as I thought I had an all clear she pointed out a white area on one of my chords and said “But this is worrying!”
As soon as I heard the phrase “irregular cell growth” my mind went cold and focused.
I knew what it meant.

Needless to say I was shocked. He then went on to write,

I was in hospital yesterday and had an examination under general anaesthetic which involved taking a biopsy from one of my vocal chords.
I now wait on the results.

Either way I have come to grips with this as much as I can under the circumstances.
In all honesty I am 50 year old, I smoke(d), drink, have a “colourful” history, have sung nearly 1700 gigs in 27 years and have conducted probably three times as many interviews. It’s like standing on the M1 and expecting not to be hit by a car  😀

I wish Fish and his fiance Katie nothing but the best. My thoughts go with the Big Man and his family, in hopes that everything comes out okay.


December 17, 2008 Posted by | My Life | , , | Leave a comment

Marillion: The Early Stages 1982-1987 The Official Bootlegs

 It’s official! The box set of some of Marillion’s early concerts will now be available on November 17th. All orders made directly from former lead singer Fish’s website will also receive an autographed copy of the cover (Mark Wilkinson is the artist,who also did the banner on my website-which is from Fish’s album 13th Star) by Mark, himself and the members of Marillion. 

For those not familiar with their work, this is a great way to sample some of the best music of the 80’s.

They’ve been compared to early Genesis, King Crimson and every other progressive rock band you can think of; but they were (and still are)their own creature. I heard about them from a roommate, and I was an instant fan. While I don’t care for some of the more recent work, preferring Fish’s solo stuff much more, what’s packed into the 6 CD’s represents the best of the best. Check out Fish’s website for more info including track listings here: http://www.the-company.com/disco/daes.htm

September 13, 2008 Posted by | Reviews | , , | Leave a comment