Friday, June 22, 2012

The Great Keyboard Fiasco

Marillion's second show at Irving Plaza lived up to its billing, with a completely different set list than the previous night.

The highlight of a great evening came during the second encore, when the band broke into "Kayleigh," their most famous hit (which isn't played all that much these days).

H goes over to sit on the edge of his keyboard while singing the first verse. "Not a good idea," was the thought running through our heads. The keyboard just didn't look that stable, at least not for swaying and singing.

Sure enough, a few seconds into the experiment...BAM!!!

Down goes the keyboard. Down goes H. (It's all recorded right here, close to two minutes in...) But the singing doesn't stop, with H still on the keyboard, only sitting essentially on the ground now.

On the ground, that is, until he decides to get up, and jump on top of the keyboard, where he proceeds to perform the rest of the song. (See the attached photo, with, by the way, Z at the very left of the audience. He's the tall guy...)

At that point I'm thinking, "I hope H isn't playing piano in the next song."

Sure enough Mark Kelly comes down from his equipment, and says, "If you want to play 'Three Minute Boy' you can do it at my keyboard." And so launches a hysterical finale, featuring Mark holding the microphone for his band mate, and all other kinds of loose shenanigans. You can check out the whole scene here on YouTube...

Splintering Heart
Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
Slainte Mhath
Out of This World
Somewhere Else
Afraid of Sunlight
The Great Escape
Cannibal Surf Babe
Lucky Man
Between You and Me

This Strange Engine

Three Minute Boy



At 5:15 AM, Blogger Lost Marbles said...

Just read about this incident i the very lovely and amazing H's diary, and am searching the web for a video - in his own words: "Needless to say, the whole thing is now on YouTube and very funny." Sadly the first link in your blog is broken - do you know where to find a recording of the beginning of Kayleigh?
Great review btw ;)


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