Prog is hip again – and so is plagiarism

Compare and contrast:

Rush, Wembley Arena, Guardian Unlimited (12 October 2007)

Prog rock is hip again, apparently, although “hip” is not how you would describe the masses of white, middle-aged men gathered here tonight. But who’s to say they aren’t? Balding pates and comfort-fit jeans could have become the very pinnacle of fashion and then fallen from favour in the time it took for this concert to run its course, and we would have been none the wiser. Rush play for a very, very long time. This is due in no small part to the fact that the ageing Canadian trio are essentially their own support act. They play two full concert-length sets, with an intermission, presumably to give you the chance to phone relatives and loved ones worried about your extended absence.

Marillion, Academy 1,  Manchester Evening News (3 December 2007)

THE progressive rock genre is gradually becoming hip again, although “hip” is not how you would describe the hordes of white, middle-aged men gathered here tonight. But who’s to say they aren’t hip? Balding pates, comfort-fit jeans and beer bellies could become the very pinnacle of fashion in 2008.

Aylesbury’s finest prog-rockers, Marillion play for a very long time. This is due in no small part to the fact that the group are essentially their own support act. They play two sets, with an intermission, presumably to give you the chance to phone relatives and loved ones worried about your extended absence.

One thought on “Prog is hip again – and so is plagiarism

  1. Wow, that’s pretty blatant theft there.

    I really, really, really hate it when rock reviews take jabs at the audience and this is no exception. But what’s more boring than anything is how identikit rock reviews are: for prog, it’s almost like there’s a law that says you have to mention drum solos (blame Ginger Baker, not prog), Rick Wakeman’s sparkly capes –that both reviews linked didn’t mention that is shocking– the length of the songs, that the lyrics are about elves (not true), the length of the guitar solos etc. Very, very boring.

    Re: Marillion, saw them twice in June, in Leeds and Newcastle and the Geordieland gig was a blinder. Great live band and Steve Hogarth certainly has one of the best voices in rock.

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