For over 30 years Steve Rothery has been shaping the sound of Marillion with his tasteful guitar playing. Although he had a project called The Wishing Tree at the start, he always invested most of his energy in his master tape. Until now, because with "Live In Rome" the Neo Prog co-inventor has for the first time expressed his solo ambitions, playing five Marillion songs as well as many tracks from his album "The Ghosts Of Pripyat" which will be released in October. Even though Rothery presents himself here outside his usual environment, he unfortunately does not use this solo effort for musical experiments, but remains within the limits he has set himself. As this recording was made at the second concert of Rothery's band, not everything is perfect here: Rothery himself otherwise performs more precisely. And the second guitarist as well as the drummer deliver only an average performance here. On "Afraid Of Sunlight" and "Easter" singer Alessandro Carmassi gives a passable Steve Hogarth imitation. And also the archive pearl "Cinderella Search" is interpreted appealingly.
Top track: Afraid Of Sunlight