MARILLION - STEVE HOGARTH08 February 2017
On Sunday 24th September MARILLION will be performing at an exclusive show in the magnificent Roman theatre in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
The prestigious evening will be promoted by the Bulgarian independent radio station Tangra Mega Rock - tickets are available through Eventim.bg at this location.
And this is a great occasion to talk to frontman STEVE HOGARTH.
an interview conducted by Vassil Varbanov, photo: Alison Toon
Transcript of the interview starts below the photo:
HELLO STEVE, HOW ARE YOU AND WHERE ARE YOU?
Hello, good morning! I'm very well, thank you. I’m in the studio at the moment. We’re busy rehearsing.
2017 IS SHAPING UP TO BE ONE OF THE MOST SPECIAL AND SUCCESSFUL YEARS IN THE BAND’S HISTORY…HOW DOES IT FEEL?
Amazing really, considering we’ve been around so long and we’re all getting old and everything…I would like to feel that after all these years it’s great that we’re still making music that is moving forward. It’s particularly great that we’ve had such a positive reaction to our latest recording work as well. We’re thrilled to bits about that, we put a lot of work into it and we still feel like we’ve got something to say.
SOME VERY EXCITING LIVE SHOWS COMING UP AS WELL – THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL, YOUR MARILLION WEEKENDS AND OF COURSE THE SHOW AT THE ROMAN THEATER IN PLOVDIV. HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO SEE THE VENUE IN PLOVDIV?
Yes, I’ve seen pictures of it, it looks really beautiful. I know that our guitar player Steve said he’s actually been there and he says it’s wonderful, so as long as the weather is OK, it should be amazing.
MARILLION WILL BE CELEBRATING 40 YEARS AS A BAND IN 2019. ARE YOU ALREADY TALKING ABOUT DOING SOMETHING SPECIAL?
OBVIOUSLY F E A R WAS A VERY WELL RECEIVED ALBUM. ARE YOU ALREADY THINKING OF THE NEXT ONE?
Erm, no. Personally, I’m not thinking about the next one yet, I’m just recovering from the last one. I’m thinking of what we’re gonna do next in terms of live stuff etc. I’ve currently got my head in the Conventions – thinking of the creative and the production aspects of that at the moment. That’s taking up quite a bit of time.
I’m actually going to be working with Richard Barbieri in four days time. I’ve got a show in London at the 100 Club and I believe he’s going to get up and play something with me there. We have started work on another album, which we’re hoping to finish at some point. Finding the time is tricky, but once we both do, we do have plans to resume work on that album, so I think there will be another Hogarth/Barbieri record.
MARILLION’S SHOW IN PLOVDIV IS PART OF AN ONGOING ANNUAL MUSIC FORUM CALLED SOUNDS OF THE AGES. MANFRED MANN’S EARTH BAND AND THE DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT WILL HEADLINE THE TWO PREVIOUS NIGHTS LEADING UP TO YOUR SHOW. HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO MEET ANY OF THOSE ARTISTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS?
We actually did a gig in Germany with Manfred Mann’s band last summer. I don’t know if I met any of them at that show, but I did meet Manfred Mann years ago, in the 80s, when I was in The Europeans. He wanted to cover one of our songs and I remember meeting him in the pub. So I have met Manfred Mann, but it was a very very long time ago.
ARE YOU STILL ALLERGIC TO CATS, BY THE WAY?
Yes, I am. They give me asthma and I can’t breathe. They also make my eyes sore, so I tend to stay away from them.
IN THAT CASE WE PROMISE TO KEEP ALL THE INHABITANTS OF THE OLD ROMAN THEATER AWAY FROM YOU…
It’s full of cats, is it? I’ll wear a plastic bag, don’t worry.
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