Mick Pointer's Script For A Jester's Tour
December 17, 2010 - De Pul, Uden (NL)
For several weeks, low temperatures, snowfall and slippery roads had harassed The Netherlands as Mick Pointer's Script For A Jester's Tour arrived to perform in Uden and Zoetermeer for their annual Christmas-shows. On the day of their first live show in Uden, the weather-forecast wasn't very hopeful. The weathermen even urged not to go outdoors if not necessary. However, on the website of venue De Pul in Uden it was said that Mick Pointer's show would continue since the musicians had already arrived there. Only lead singer Brian Cummins hadn't arrived yet, but he would be expected soon. When I entered the building it surprised me to see so many devotees of progressive rock. They all wanted to relive a part of their childhood by enjoying a trip down memory lane with Script For A Jesters Tear. They hoped to see a Fish lookalike who would be able to fabulously imitate the former singer of Marillion. I had witnessed one of the first live shows myself in May 2008 and I was very impressed by Brian's performance.
However, when support act The Dec Burke Band entered the stage - half an hour later than announced - it became clear that Mr. Cummins hadn't arrived at the venue in time. Dec Burke had the difficult task to get the audience ready for what seemed to become an unexpected concert evening.
During the break, Mick Pointer's wife handed out a piece of paper to all visitors containing the lyrics of Marillion's debut album and a couple of B-sides. Soon after these papers were distributed Mick Pointer explained the absence of their lead singer.
Before a song was performed by the band, Mick Pointer explained some historical facts about it. This meant that all tracks were interrupted, so the album wasn't performed as a whole piece of music. Guitarist Nick Barrett mostly took over the lead vocals, but after the show he explained that singing those songs was much more difficult than the ones he does with
For a while it seemed the audience didn't make enough noise for the musicians to return. Maybe this wasn't the gig they had in mind when they bought a ticket? Maybe they had enough of singing along with all those classic Marillion pieces... Well, eventually the band returned for an encore. They performed the expected piece Margaret in a proper way. This song was also a nice vehicle to introduce the musicians on stage. Just like the audience they had a concert they will probably never forget. Even without a proper lead singer I enjoyed this special occasion. I won't remember this performance as being one of the best of 2010, but certainly as one of the most surprising gigs ever!
Henri Strik (edited by Peter Willemsen)
Setlist Dec Burke:The Last Time
Winter To Summer
Signs Of Life
Destroy All Monsters
Breathe It In
Pictures Dec Burke by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Dec Burke:(left to right)
keyboard, bass guitar
lead vocals, keyboard, guitar
Setlist Mick Pointer & friends:Script For A Jester's Tear
He Knows You Know
Charting The Single
Market Square Heroes
Pictures Mick Pointer by Arthur Haggenburg
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Line up Mick Pointer:(left to right)
bass guitar, vocals
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