Ruim vier jaar later dan oorspronkelijk gepland, gaat het dan toch gebeuren. De iconische Schotse zanger-songwriter-muzikant Fish geeft dit najaar twee afscheidsshows in België tijdens zijn ‘Road To The Isles 2024-2025’-tournee: La Madeleine in Brussel op dinsdag 5 november, en een dag later in Trix Antwerpen. De euforie over het vooruitzicht om deze levende legende eindelijk weer live aan het werk te kunnen zien wordt echter wel enigszins overvleugeld door het nieuws dat dit tevens zijn definitieve afscheidstournee is…

La Madeleine Brussel: €44,- (incl. servicekosten)
Trix Antwerpen: €46,- (incl. servicekosten)

De voorverkoop van de tickets start overmorgen – vrijdag 23 februari - om 10:00 uur via en via de websites van de respectievelijke poppodia.

Omdat de vijf shows in Nederland eerder deze maand in no-time uitverkochten, voegt Fish daar eenmalig drie extra concerten aan toe: PHIL Haarlem (donderdag 7 november), Muziekgebouw Eindhoven (zaterdag 9 november) en Muziekgieterij Maastricht (zondag 10 november).

Fish laat weten dat er hierna geen nieuwe tourdata meer worden toegevoegd: "I was genuinely surprised that the five Dutch shows sold out so quickly. It really took me aback. Once promoters in other countries saw the demand out there, I had more offers come in from Germany and also for 2 shows in Belgium. I haven't played Belgium for many years and the chance to get shows in Brussels and Antwerp on this Farewell Tour were offers I couldn't refuse. Also, there were Dutch fans already missing out on tickets after the quick sell outs. So it made complete sense to add another couple of shows in Holland to fill the gap between the Belgian and German shows and satisfy the huge demand."

"It hadn't been planned like this, but I'm not complaining and I don't think the Dutch fans in the other cities are either. There's no more shows to be added in Europe after this. I'm really looking forward to this tour and it's the right length and the right number of shows to keep it fun and energised and it's a fine way to say farewell with a bit of style and grace!"

(de groen gemarkeerde data zijn de nieuw toegevoegde shows)

  • Woensdag 2-10-2024: Centre Culturel Opderschmelz, Dudelange (LUX) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Vrijdag 4-10-2024: Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Zaterdag 5-10-2024: Muziekcentrum, Enschede, (NL) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Zondag 6-10-2024: Oosterpoort, Groningen (NL) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Dinsdag 8-10-2024: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (NL) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Woensdag 9-10-2024: TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht (NL) UITVERKOCHT!
  • Dinsdag 5-11-2024: La Madeleine, Brussel (BE)
  • Woensdag 6-11-2024: Trix, Antwerpen (BE)
  • Donderdag 7-11-2024: PHIL, Haarlem (NL)
  • Zaterdag 9-11-2024: Muziekgebouw, Eindhoven (NL)
  • Zondag 10-11-2024: Muziekgieterij, Maastricht (NL)

Fish: "Nominating a tour as a 'farewell tour' has a certain amount of gravitas. I’m so glad that I have managed to bring together a 'best of' line up of musicians from across my live career to come out on the bus with me on my final sortie out on the road. They're not just highly talented musicians but old friends and co-writers of some of the finest songs I've released in the 35 years as a solo artist. It feels more like a Hollywood movie of veterans getting back together for one final mission rather than a rock and roll tour and the personalities and characters involved will ensure it's going to be fun both on and off stage."

Hij vervolgt: “I don't want to be sticking to the same setlist every night and there are so many potential songs for the set we all felt that having a moveable feast was the way forward. We are rehearsing around 25 -30 songs to give us enough material to bring in and out of the set when we want, which keeps it interesting and fun for us as well as the fans who won't know what songs will be played on the night they come to. The setlist will be covering 12 solo albums and of course there will be material from my time with Marillion. There's a few epics from that time that I'd be remiss if I ignored and to be honest, I'm actually looking forward to revisiting a couple of those tracks. The band members have all played them at one time or another and are all more than capable of delivering fantastic renditions across the board. It's going to be actually quite exciting revisiting a lot of the material with this historical line-up."

De Europese etappe van de tour begint op 2 oktober 2024 in Dudelange (LUX) en doorkruist acht shows in Nederland, zeven in Duitsland, vier in Polen, twee in Noorwegen, twee in Zweden, twee in België en een show in Denemarken, Zwitserland en Oostenrijk. Na een korte pauze van de shows op het Europese vasteland begint Fish aan de dertiendaagse Britse etappe van de tour, die start in zijn huis Haddington Corn Exchange op 19 februari 2025 en eindigt met een epische aller-, aller- allerlaatste show ooit in de Glasgow O2 Academy op zondag 9 maart 2025.

Fish: “There's a great sense of circles being closed with all aspects of the tour and the album releases this year and I'm enjoying the sense of completion that it brings to this current stage in my life as I literally move on to new pastures. It's a wonderful feeling."

De ‘Road to the Isles’-tour is geïnspireerd op het feit dat Fish en zijn vrouw Simone zich later dit jaar zullen terugtrekken in een boerderij die ze hebben overgenomen op een ruig eiland in de Outer Hebrides ten noordwesten van Schotland. Ze verhuizen eind dit jaar definitief naar deze Western Isles (in het Schots: Na h-Eileanan an Iar).

Fish verkoopt in mei zijn voormalige opnamestudio het huis in Haddington, East Lothian, waar hij woonde sinds hij Marillion in 1988 verliet: “It's going to be sad in some ways to leave East Lothian after so many years and having written, recorded and created so much here at the Studio. All my solo albums apart from 'Vigil' were recorded in this building. It was a strange feeling recently sifting through the demo material for the 2024 'Vigil' and ‘Internal' re-releases and listening to the early versions of those songs that were written here soon after I moved to Haddington. I'll be leaving behind a lot of memories in the house and the garden where I've lived since 1988 and it will always hold a special place in my life. The croft however is a completely new adventure and one my wife and I are excitedly looking forward to.

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