The band Marillion are no strangers to the Rock – frontman Steve Hogarth has performed a solo show at Saint Michael’s Cave as well as been a judge at the Miss Gibraltar pageant, while the band themselves played a successful 2007 concert at the Tercentenary Sports Hall that proved to be one of the best attended of a lengthy European tour. Now they are about to strengthen their links with Gibraltar even further by helping a charitable venture in aid of the Children’s Ward at Saint Bernard’s Hospital and Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Local lawyer and former Government Minister Fabian Vinet, a former patient at Great Ormond Street, will soon be announcing details of a charitable venture he will be undertaking together with his wife Genevieve. Helping to increase the funds collected will be Marillion, who are auctioning a deluxe copy of their latest album, “Sounds That Can’t Be Made”, signed by all five members of the band. This deluxe package of the album is in itself already a collectors edition as it includes not only the band’s excellent 17th studio album but also a DVD featuring a documentary and exclusive live-in-the-studio performances, both in a 128-page hardback book containing artwork and lyrics, but the fact that it is signed by the entire band will make it particularly attractive for any fan of the veteran outfit.
Fabian Vinet, a close personal friend of singer Steve Hogarth, explains that an even more unique and valuable item is also up for grabs: “I contacted the band’s manager, Lucy Jordache, asking for the band to provide a signed CD to auction and she immediately agreed, for which I’m very grateful, but a few days later Steve called and without any prompting from me said he would also personally handwrite any three lyrics of his songs, allowing the three highest bidders to each choose the lyrics to any one of his songs, which he would then sign and frame. The availability of these much sought-after and unique items of memorabilia could potentially raise thousands of pounds for the Rainbow Ward at Saint Bernard’s as well as Great Ormond Street Hospital which as everyone knows has performed many miracles and helped a great number of Gibraltarian children. Steve’s offer is an act of selfless, gracious generosity that I am particularly grateful for and touched by.”
Mr Vinet went on to explain that just one day into the bidding process, substantial offers had been received from a number of European countries, but he wanted to ensure that Marillion fans in Gibraltar also had a chance to bid. Serious offers should be sent to email@example.com with the subject line ‘Marillion Auction’, specifying which item is being bid for as well as full name and contact details. The auction will close at midnight on 30th April 2013.