Renowned progressive rock singer and songwriter Fish has announced a 30th anniversary tour where he will be playing Marillion’s 1985 album Misplaced Childhood in full.
The announcement comes following the former Marillion frontman detailing his retirement plans earlier this year.
The Farewell To Childhood tour will begin in Sweden in June and take in an array of shows and festivals throughout the remainder of 2015. The legendary Cropredy festival in Cambridge on 14th August and the inaugural Midstock in Fish’s hometown of Dalkeith on 12th September will be the only two opportunities to take in the tour outdoors in the UK before more intimate indoor shows later in the year.
“I started to consider my future and I came to the decision it was time for a major change in my life,” says Fish. “A plan was required that fulfilled all my needs and desires and gave me an exit strategy where I could have fun and give the fans of my music a celebration rather than a wake.
“The first part of the plan begins this year with my last performances of the 1985 album Misplaced Childhood that catapulted Marillion and me to fame. It holds a lot of memories from a period that was very exciting and crammed with experiences both dark and magical. The lyrics on that album hold a very special meaning to me as they were written by a young man on the cusp of fame and dealt with a lot of personal issues. It was not only a breakthrough album for the band but also for me as an artist because I was finally discovering my own individual style as a lyricist and singer. To be performing it on its 30th anniversary has a lovely resonance.”
Seven of Fish’s solo albums are also undergoing a remastering and repackaging programme and will be released throughout the year. The first four – Sunsets On Empire (1996), Raingods With Zippos (1998), Fellini Days (2001) and Field Of Crows (2004) – will be available for pre-order in May and released in July.
Internal Exile (1991), Songs From The Mirror (1993) and Suits (1994) will follow at the end of 2015.
Confirmed UK dates for the Farewell To Childhood tour are as follows:
August 14th – Cropredy Festival, Cambridgeshire
September 12th – Midstock Festival, Dalkeith
December 3rd – Bristol, O2 Academy
December 4th – London, Islington Assembly Hall
December 5th – London, Islington Assembly Hall
December 7th – Cambridge, Junction
December 9th – Birmingham, Town Hall
December 10th – Sheffield, City Hall
December 11th – Manchester, Academy 2
December 13th – Glasgow, O2 ABC