H Natural

Posted: July 3, 2007 in Uncategorized

I hate today. It’s a letdown day. You know the type. The day after the day before which was, for whatever reason totally transcendent…

Last night you see, I went to see a show. Remember Marillion? The show I saw in Paris that I raved about before even seeing it? Well, Steve Hogarth, the lead singer, was in Montreal doing a solo show. H alone on stage with a piano. Who knew he was such a great pianist. Singing his songs, singing other people’s songs, chatting with the audience.

It was brilliant. Granted, he didn’t have to work to win us over. It was his only show in North America and he played for a bunch of die hard fans, so he had everyone in his pocket from the get go. He could’ve come out done a little something and left. But no. He came out and played for over three hours. Three. Hours. Straight. How often have you seen that in a show? Played and chatted and took questions and requests from the audience.

Everyone was feeling the luuuuuurve. It was flowing, electrifying the room. In all my years of seeing shows, I’ve never seen anything like it. The closest I’ve ever come was at other Marillion shows and when I saw Pat Metheny on McGill College Avenue at the Jazz Fest many many years ago.

Hence the letdown. Neither Hogarth nor Marillion will be in Montreal again anytime soon. And the Jazzer? She wants more. I’m thinking she and Mr. Jazz will have to jump the pond for the next Marillion tour.

I find it sorta just a bit pathetic to be so hooked on a particular musician/band at my age…

  1. ticknart says:

    Jazz, you do not reach pathetic when liking a band until you start throwing your underwear at the stage. (Unless it’s a Tom Jones concert, where it’s just part of the show.)

  2. geewits says:

    Slightly odd I guess, but as good an excuse as any to visit Europe.I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Ian Lidster says:

    I’d walk over broken glass to see Deborah Harry, so I know just what you mean. Glad you more than enjoyed, my friend.Ian

  4. Jazz says:

    Tick – ok, just the thought of the panties… EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWGeewits – Slightly odd indeed.Ian Lidster – Barefoot?

  5. Erica says:

    I’m VERY late commenting on this post (Sept 2008) but I just wanted to thank you for writing it. I’m going to see Marillion in Montreal in April 2009, driving all the way there from North Carolina, and I CAN’T WAIT. I’ve never seen them before, but have loved them forever. Your description of just an H show enthralled me. They’ve got to be incredible as a group.

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