Marion air new material at first London gig in six years

90s rockers make live comeback

Marion air new material at first London gig in six years

Photo: Press

Marion returned to the capital last night (April 12), playing their first London show in six years at a full-to-capacity O2 Academy Islington.

The fivesome played a string of tracks from their debut album 'This World And Body', as well as a brace of early B-sides, and one track, 'Sparkle', from their ill-fated second album, 'The Program'. They also aired five new songs taken from their current 'Alive In Manchester' live album, of which 'Oh Lord' solicited the best response.

Singer Jaime Harding took to the stage wearing a Johnny Cash-style black suit, and swigged from a bottle of vodka throughout, occasionally sharing it with members of the audience. At one point he told the crowd jokingly, "You look like wrecks! But then so do we" - a reference to the fact he's not quite the skinny androgyne he was back in the '90s. The crowd's most enthusiastic reaction was for 'Let's All Go Together' and closing track 'Sleep', both originally released as singles in 1995.

Marion formed in Macclesfield in 1993 and enjoyed the patronage of Morrissey early in their career. They played the NME Awards Tour (then called the Brats Tour), and were tipped for big things, until their second album tanked in 1998. The band split up the following year, after which Harding's drug habit - already a problem before the break-up - spiralled out of control. He hit rock bottom in 2000 when he was arrested for stealing garden ornaments to feed his habit.

Marion staged a comeback in 2006, playing a string of sold-out gigs, but it was cut short when Harding contracted blood poisoning - the result of injecting heroin and crack - and was rushed to hospital. It took until 2011 for him to be well enough to perform live again. You can read more about Harding's years in the wilderness in this interview.

The current Marion line-up boasts four original members - Harding, guitarists Anthony Grantham and Phil Cunningham (also these days a guitarist with New Order), bassist Julian Phillips - and a relative newcomer in the form of drummer Jack Mitchell. Having returned to the live scene they now plan to record a new studio album, their first in fourteen years.

Marion played:

'Fallen Through'
'I Stopped Dancing'
'Hurricane'
'Sparkle'
'Oh Lord'
'Time'
'I Won't Pretend'
'The Collector'
'The Vines'
'Vanessa'
'Violent Men'
'Let's All Go Together'
'The Biggest Painkiller Of All'
-------
'The Only Way'
'The Late Gate Show'
'Sleep'

You can watch footage below of Marion in their mid-90s prime, performing 'Sleep' on The Word. And below that, watch the music video to 'Let's All Go Together'.




Read More On This Artist

More News
Mark Ronson's 'Uptown Funk' returns to Number One and breaks own streaming record
Three more Madonna demos including reported Lady Gaga diss track surface online
John Lydon: 'I'm absolutely oblivious to Band Aid 30'
Kiss to perform 1975 album 'Alive!' in full during Kiss Kruise 2015
K-Pop artists threaten legal action over music used in 'The Interview'
The Killers reveal Christmas single tradition came from turning down Bono's Gap advert offer
The Weeknd and Ariana Grande share acoustic performance of 'Love Me Harder' – watch
Mica Levi on scoring 'Under the Skin': 'I dreamt the world came out of Scarlett...
Taylor Swift becomes first artist to top Billboard Artist 100 for ten weeks
Skrillex and Diplo share remix of Beyonce’s '7/11' - listen
Girl Band debut new track ‘Sexy Wife’ - watch
Grimes shares festive track and video 'Christmas II (Grinch)' - watch
Frank Sinatra collaborator Buddy DeFranco dies, aged 91
Brian May: 'We need a change of government or we will all slit our wrists'
Beyonce’s father sells her old belongings for £1,200 at a garage sale
N.E.R.D. reveal first new song in four years, ‘Squeeze Me’ - listen
Thom Yorke shares new song 'You Wouldn't Like Me When I'm Angry' - listen
Metric share new song 'The Fatal Gift' - listen
Fall Out Boy share their 'Drunk History' with Panic! At The Disco's Brendon Urie -...
Nile Rodgers announces release of new track 'I'll Be There'
Beyoncé shares photos from her and Jay Z's holiday to Iceland
Father John Misty shares video of 'pop-up art' for 'I Love You, Honeybear'...

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM