Marillion emerged from the short-lived progressive rock revival of the early '80s to become one of the most enduring cult acts of the era. The group formed in Aylesbury, England, in 1979, and adopted its original name, Silmarillion, from the title of a J.R.R. Tolkien novel. Marillion issued their debut album, Script for a Jester's Tear, in 1983, and on the strength of a relentless touring schedule, they won a loyal following. Subsequent albums cemented the band's reputation, but frequent lineup changes (which resulted in a flurry of solo releases) in the late-'80s and early-'90s kept the band's output inconsistent. ~ Jason Ankeny & Dale Jensen
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