Fish Announces ‘Road To The Isles’ Final Farewell Tour
Fish, the icon of progressive rock, front man and lyricist extraordinaire is announcing his farewell ‘Road To The Isles’ tour, bidding a final goodbye to the music industry after four decades of hits, memories and touring. He will be touring across both Europe and the UK, with the mainland Europe dates being announced today.
The ‘Road To The Isles’ European dates kick off in Dudlange, Luxembourg on 2 October 2024, finishing in Berlin Germany on 3 November 2024. Tickets for these shows will be on-sale to the general public on 2 Feb 2024. A full set of UK dates will take place in February / March 2025 and will be announced on 27 February with UK on-sale coming on 1 March. Visit the artist’s official website for further information.
“Nominating a tour as a ‘farewell tour’ has a certain amount of gravitas,” comments Fish, “and 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.”
He adds “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 ‘Road To The Isles’ set list 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.”
The ‘Road to the Isles’ tour is inspired by the fact that Fish and his wife Simone are retiring to a croft they have taken over on an island in the Outer Hebrides. They are permanently moving to the Western Isles at the end of this year and Fish is selling the former recording studio and house in Haddington, East Lothian in May after living there since he left Marillion in 1988.
“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.
“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.”
The 24 date European leg of the tour starts in Luxembourg on 2 October 2024 and traverses five shows in Holland, seven in Germany, four in Poland, two in Norway, two in Sweden and a show in each of Denmark, Switzerland and Austria.
FISH: ‘ROAD TO THE ISLES’ EUROPEAN TOUR DATES:
Wed Oct 2nd 2024: Centre Culturel Opderschmelz, DUDELANGE, LUX
Fri Oct 4th 2024: Muziekgieterij, MAASTRICHT, NL
Sat Oct 5th 2024: Muziekcentrum, ENSCHEDE, NL
Sun Oct 6th 2024: Oosterpoort, GRONINGEN, NL
Tues Oct 8th 2024: Tivoli Vrendenburg, UTRECHT, NL
Wed Oct 9th 2024: Tivoli Vrendenburg, UTRECHT, NL
Thurs Oct 10th 2024: Grosse Freiheit 36, HAMBURG, DE
Fri Oct 11th 2024: Carlswerk Viktoria, COLOGNE, DE
Sun Oct 13th 2024: Im Wisemaan, STUTTGART, DE
Tues Oct 15th 2024: Volkhaus, ZURICH, CH
Wed Oct 16th 2024: Muffathalle, MUNICH, DE
Thurs Oct 17th 2024: Arena, WIEN, AU
Sat Oct 19th 2024: A2, WROCLAW, PL
Sun Oct 20th 2024: Progeresjam, WARSAW, PL
Mon Oct 21st 2024: Studio, KRAKOW, PL
Tues Oct 22nd 2024: Srtary Manez, GDANSK, PL
Thurs Oct 24th 2024: Rockefellar, OSLO, NOR
Sat Oct 26th 2024: Byscenen, TRONDHEIM, NOR
Mon Oct 28th 2024: Pustervik, GOTHENBURG, SW
Tues Oct 29th 2024: Berns, STOCKHOLM, SW
Wed Oct 30th 2024: Amager Bio, COPENHAGEN, DK
Fri Nov 1st 2024: Alter Schlachtof, DRESDEN, DE
Sat Nov 2nd 2024: Tollhaus, KARLSRUHE, DE
Sun Nov 3rd 2024: Metropol, BERLIN, DE