Damn, it's hard to believe it's been 10 years. 10 years ago tonight, I dragged jedi jawa to Pittsburgh (and away from the first renewal of the WVU-Marshall rivalry in decades) and the now defunct Grafiti Showcase to see Marillion, touring America in support of their album This Strange Engine. Aside from being a hell of a concert and pre-show, it was part of the historic Tour Fund tour:
Marillion are no strangers to the internet, in 1997 after the release of This Strange Engine informed their fans that they would not be able to tour North America, to support the new album due to lack of a US record deal. What happened next was an unbelievable show of dedication, love and support from the fans, many of whom are part a huge and well organized network of web sites and mailing lists, the 'Freaks' decided to start a tour fund and donations flooded in from around the world, some from as far away as Australia (even though marillion have never played there!) they managed to raise more than $60,000 US in donations and made it possible for them to complete a successful 22 date tour of North America.10 years! I've verging into "kids, back when I was in school . . ." territory!