Want to hear Steve Rothery play Grendel?

Steve Rothery

OK, we've all been at a Marillion show when some clever clogs calls out for Grendel. It really is an occupational hazard these days for both band and fans alike.

So of course, at a recent Steve Rothery Band show at Manchester's Band On The Wall, one plucky punter/dullard (* delete where applicable) called out, Steve Rothery actually toyed with the first few notes. He then stopped prompting groans from the excited crowd, and followed this up by saying if £10,000 was raised for charity, he and the band would play the song in its entirety!

Now, along with the Trinity organisation, for whom the Steve Rothery Band had just headlined Trinity III at Islington Assembly Hall, Steve has agreed that, should enough money be raised for the three trinity cancer charities - Teenage Cancer Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK - then the Steve Rothery Band WILL play Grendel in full.

If the song wins through, this will happen at Steve's Collection Of Musical Curiosities which takes place at De Pul, Uden, Netherlands on October 5 and 6. The show, headlined by the Steve Rothery Band will also feature performances from RanestRane, Dave Foster Band, Riccardo Romano and Sylf.

Fans are being offered the chance of not just one, but two JustGiving pages… one page is for donations for SRB to play Grendel while the second page is for SRB NOT to play Grendel – the choice is yours. everyone who donates will be sent a link to download the desk recording of Grendel from the Uden show. Use the links below to donate.

 JustGiving – Yes Play Grendel 

JustGiving – No Don’t Play Grendel 


Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.