Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On. Part Two

What is the process of recording Marillion songs?

Marillion drummer Ian Mosley invites punters into the world of Marillion in Part Two and also discusses his feelings about Steve Hackett of Genesis fame.

Ian’s thoughts on retirement also come up along with advice to up and coming drummers.

Please listen below to Part Two of my chat with Ian about his life as a drummer and his new book. Keep in mind – if Ian owes you money, he won’t respond.

Ian? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene – Marillion Drummer Ian Mosley; The Beat Goes On …

What kid does not bang on things?

Marillion drummer Ian Mosley was one of those kids and unlike many – the now sixty-five year old Brit has not stopped.

Banging the skins with Marillion since 1984, Ian’s musical education commenced long before that. Privy to up close and personal performances by the likes of Buddy Rich, Ian is schooled in drumming.

Please listen below to Part One of my chat with Ian about his life as a drummer and his new book. Keep in mind – if Ian owes you money, he won’t respond.

Ian? What’s up?

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Rick Keene Music Scene- 2013 Top Ten Interviews

I have been blessed …

Combined with a little bit of elbow grease and in the pathway of many talented artists who make their way into Montreal – I was fortunate to have many insightful conversations this past year.

Far too many to put a list together as the best. Each one of my talks – informative about music, the music business or the character of whomever I am speaking with. To say these conversations have not changed me as a person would be a gross understatement …

Each person teaches something new through life experiences. A unique perspective that is truly theirs and no one else’s. I am privileged and appreciative of the time musicians give me. My first reward for promoting their show is the opportunity to hear and see them play. My ultimate reward is to meet and shake their hands. It is not monetary, it is not to pose for pictures. They work hard at what they do and so do I.

I sincerely believe the reason I get to meet so many is my ability to treat each one as a person and not a star. After all – they are only people like us who happen to possess gifts of music.  

Without further ado – here is my list of the 2013 Top Ten Interviews. As you check out each one – I hope you will be as fascinated as I was.

10. Glen Matlock – Bass Player; The Sex Pistols

How often does one get the opportunity to speak with someone who hung around with Sid Vicious? Matlock was one of the original Pistols and was replaced by Vicious as the group’s bass player. The composer of ten  songs on the 1977  album; ‘Never Mind the Bullocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols’. One of the original punk rockers and a part of music history. I spoke with Glen on the phone and for an hour following his show with Scott Kempner of The Dictators.

Read the interview here!

9. Vinny Appice – Drummer for Axis, Derringer, Black Sabbath, Dio, John Lennon and Heaven and Hell.

Did you know that Vinny Appice – by chance, played drums for John Lennon at The Record Studio in New York? Or – his brother Carmine (also a drummer) co -wrote Rod Stewart’s ‘Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? Neither did I until I spoke with him on the phone from California and once more in person before and after his Drum Wars show with brother Carmine. The guy played drums for John Lennon for Pete’s sake!

Read the interview here!

8. Lee Rocker – Double bass player for The Stray Cats and solo artist.

Lee and I spoke over the phone from his home in New York as well as about a half an hour in person before his show. We had a delicious conversation about the roots of Rockabilly and Rock n Roll. A very open guy who just loves to make sure everyone respects Carl Perkins and Scotty Moore. His tale of Keith Richards laying down a track on Rocker’s solo album – priceless!

Read the interview here!

7. Holly Cole – Canadian Jazz Singer

I spoke with Cole for an hour on the phone from Toronto. She spoke candidly of her recent album ‘Night’. The tale of her riding her Father’s shoulders on a foggy night in Nova Scotia-  ‘so many moons ago …’;  a sheer delight. An honor to speak with this Canadian legend …

Read the interview here!

6. Ian Mosley – Drummer for Marillion

A gentleman! Mr. Mosley gave me an hour of his time on the phone and I was very lucky to spend two nights backstage following Marillion’s shows at The Olympia. Mosley lives in England yet his daughter lives in the West Island of Montreal. A drummer who got his start/ lucky break by going to the washroom? Check out this kind man’s story …

Read the interview here!

5. Joe Louis Walker – Blues Guitarist / Teacher

Mr. Walker hung out with Jimi Hendrix and roomed with Blues legend Mike Bloomfield. Currently he hangs out ( once in a while ) with Ron Wood of The Stones. Walker gave me two hours of his time on the phone and another hour in person before and after his show at L’Astral. Say what you want – reading about the history of The Blues and talking face-to-face about it; two very different things. I was blessed for two evenings!

Read the interview here!

4. Gowan- Keyboardist / singer Solo and with Styx

Lawrence Gowan donated an hour and a half of his time to speak of everything from his beginnings in music to his ( then ) upcoming show with Styx. A very intelligent guy with opinions which make you go hmmmm …

Read the interview here!

3.  Wanda Jackson – Queen of Rockabilly

Not everday one gets to speak with one of Elvis Presley old girlfriends. Not everyday you get to speak with a lady who toured with Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash … Need I say more? I spoke with Wanda on the phone for an hour and again for another half hour at her show as part of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Read the interview here!

2. Rod Argent – Keyboardist with The Zombies and Argent

Rod Argent spoke with me for an hour to promote a new Zombies’ album! That’s right and he was so pleased and appreciative that I took the time to speak with him about it. Very insightful conversation of the old days and the history of The Zombies. The Zombies were part of the British invasion. Need I say more …?

Read the interview here!

1. Buddy Guy – Blues Guitarist

My conversation with Buddy Guy was limited to ten minutes on the phone by his publicist. In that ten minutes –  Guy spoke of his new book and how important it is for everyone to know the truth about the Blues. Mr. Guy invited me backstage before his show where I was fortunate to spend  forty-five minutes once more – talking about The Blues. Mr. Guy promised me a glass of wine on the phone and preceded to give me heck when I did not have one in my hand upon our meeting. A legend and a class act …

Read the interview here!

Many, many thanks to all the musicians I spoke to over the past year! I have learned so much from you guys and looking forward to many more!

Please scroll through the archive section to read interviews with so many talented people!

Happy New Year!

A Marillion Festival

What gives radio stations, Grammy selectors and anyone else who is responsible for turning music into money – the right to label and deprive listeners from great music so they can sit around their pools and discuss things that really do not matter?

Let’s get one thing straight.

Marillion matters …

The band, consisting of Steve Hogarth ( known simply to his fans as ‘H” ), Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas and Ian Mosley – are quite aware of just whom they matter to …

Photos courtesy of Richard Tremblay

” Oh ya …” Says guitarist Steve Rothery following Saturday night’s show. A day which saw the band perform their entire Brave album – twice!

” We definitely feel the love that our fan base delivers. We have a following, so we see a lot of our fans every time we go on tour and in these conventions.  It’s not simply adoration, it is love we feel on stage. This has been a long day but well worth it !”

“We did the whole album in sound check this afternoon.” Explains ‘H’. ” It was a good run through and prepared us for tonight. I am tired now! This album of the three that we do, drains me more emotionally. I’ll have a drink and be fine …” He laughs.

Singer Hogarth, parlayed the ‘love’  message to a ‘standing – room – only’ crowd near the end of Saturday’s show at  L’Olympia in Montreal.

” We know …” Stated Hogarth on stage. His hand making more than one journey to his heart. “We feel it, we know the love. I am not saying that in a politician kind of way. It’s about truth. It’s not about lies …”

7The crowd responded as a crowd of folks seeking ‘truth’ would. With enthusiasm and more love …

” We came from Florida.” Says Sandra. A original New Yorker who has followed the band since the beginning. ” I turned my husband into a fan  and now we traveled all the way here to see and hopefully meet them afterwards. ” ( A dream that turned into a reality as the band members come out and greet their fans following shows).

Marillion weekends – are a three day event, a convention. An opportunity for fans to get together for a trio of music sharing days.

Photos by Richard Tremblay

Friday night saw the band perform the entirety of their album Radiation. In the daytime, Marillion tribute bands performed for the fans.

Before their weekend shows, on Thursday, the group also reserved the second floor of the popular Brutopia Pub on Crescent Street to ‘meet and greet ‘ their fans.

Saturday it was the album ‘Brave’s ‘ turn and Sunday, following a ‘Swap the Band’ event in the afternoon and a quick Q and A –  their new album; Sounds ‘That Can’t be Made’ took center stage.

“Swap the band …” Says drummer Mosley. ” Is the opportunity for a fan who can play an instrument, to come and sit in with us on one song. The players are chosen by video. They send them in and if they prove they can play and know our songs – they come and play with us. It’s fun for everyone.”

One guy who was having fun, was the son of astronaut Neil Armstrong. Eric – along with his younger brother Mark, are two huge Marillion fans. 

“My brother was at the Holland convention with me but unfortunately could not make the trip to Montreal. ” I think we will both be at the final one in England.”

Eric Armstrong started to follow the band with the Misplaced Childhood 6album in 1985. An album that contained the band’s biggest commercial hit; a song by the name of Kayleigh. Lavender, also from that album –  is  one of the all time fan favorites as well.

” We wont be playing Kayleigh. ” Says Hogarth. “It is what it is and we are not about playing hits necessarily. It was before my time and a long time ago. We are focused on playing these songs from these albums.

The band did play Lavender on Friday along with  a song from their new album which hit close to home for many Montreal – ers in attendance. The song; ‘ Montreal’  started the whole weekend off with smiles all around.

“What do you want to drink?” Asks Rothery backstage. ” I enjoy this part. I love making drinks for everyone!” He smiles.

“Careful”. Says Armstrong. ” He makes his concotions and they can be lethal. Which color do you want? Green ? Blue …?”

That is the beauty of a Marillion convention. It’s about a group of musicians9 having fun. It is about a group of musicians who have played together for  thirty years. It’s about a bunch of guys sticking to their beliefs of a style of music. ‘Progressive Rock‘.

It’s also about a bunch of fans, some dressed in red suits and holding stuffed animals –  who get ‘it’. Followers who come from all over in all shapes, sizes and age …

“My son is nine.” Says Brian from Philadelphia, pointing to a young boy by his side. ” My son has listened to this music since he was in diapers. Now that he is older, he chooses what he listens to and he loves it more than ever.”

Brian Jr. nods approval as he ‘hides’ behind Dad’s leg.

“Ten years ago …” Explains Montrealer Luc. ” I was suicidal. I listened to Marillion. I felt the lyrics and music in my heart. These guys saved my life! Now – I work in a place that helps other suicidal people. Marillion, in my opinion has saved many, many lives because their music saved me.”

Photos Richard Tremblay

What gives radio stations, Grammy selectors and anyone else who is responsible for turning music into money – the right to label and deprive listeners from great music so they can sit around their pools and discuss things that really do not matter?

What gives them the right to stop guys like Luc from listening …?

** Montreal band Mystery opened up On Friday night.

*** Band member Pete Trewavas did an acoustic set on Saturday along with Jacob Moon

**** Sunday it was Lucie Lynch and Sound of Contact





Rick Keene can be heard on k103.7fm every Friday at 5:15pm discussing his week’s events.

Ian Mosley: Walk This Way! (keenemusic.wordpress.com)

Sounds That Can’t be Made; A Marillion Masterpiece?

Style: Progressive Rock/Neoprogressive rock
Release Date:
September 17, 2012
 Ear Music


Marillion is a classic progressive rock band from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England. The band is Steve Rothery (guitar), Pete Trewavas (bass), Ian F. Mosley (drums), Mark Kelly (keyboards) and Steve Hogarth (vocals).   Sounds That Can’t Be Made is the bands 17th studio album.   If you’ve never heard of Marillion, they have over 14million albums sold to date, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Sounds That Can’t Be Made is a very lengthy album, the opening track is 17 minutes long. I’m talking about the modern classic “Gaza”. The band takes a risk here as “Gaza” addresses the conflict between Israel and the Palestine. Not many bands are brave enough to step into this kind kind of territory. “We all want peace and freedom that’s for sure/But peace won’t come from standing on our neck/Everyone deserves a chance to feel the future just might be bright,” Steve Hogarth sings with sadness.”With the love of  our family/We can rise above anything/Some day surely someone must help us”. Musically, the song is a roller coaster of emotions which can seem controversial at times. Overall “Gaza” is an effectively brilliant masterpiece.


Montreal” is a magical tune it feels like a gift to the Quebecois.  ”We were welcome through arrivals without the usual transatlantic fuss/And greeted by the fans who led us to the chilly street onto the bus”. Without a doubt, Marillion will be playing this song when they play Montreal March 22-24 at Théâtre L’Olympia.  Keyboardist Mark Kelly is the star on this song.   “Montreal” is the song that resonates most with me on this challenging album.

“Power” is a diamond in the rough, it’s a song that didn’t hit me on the first listen. However, it grew on me after listening to the album in it’s entirety. It is a mid-paced song and packs a ton of emotion.

“Lucky Man” is worth a mention (I thought this was an Emerson, Lake & Palmer cover) it has the best intro. It sounds promising with the powerful intro yet the song trails off later on.

I’d totally recommend fans to buy the deluxe edition. It includes a ‘making-of’ DVD, plus a 128-page book lyrics/artwork. Prog listeners have been welcoming to the band in recent years as their fan base continues to grow.   Marillion are very DIY these days and normally spend effort connecting with fans personally at shows.  Any prog fan should make it their obligation to delve into this work.

With Sounds That Can’t Be Made Marillion has stepped into another realm of musical possibilities that delivers on it’s promises.

Recommended Song: There are many songs I could choose, but I’ll go with “Power” if you want to relax.

The good – It has a tremendous amount of melody and impressionable lyrics. This album is very much a masterpiece.

The bad – The album is not radio accessible. I  don’t see it getting into the charts.

The ugly – The band took a big risk,  ”Gaza” addresses the conflict between Israel and the Palestine.  Sadly, Marillion lost many Palestinian and Israeli fans as seen in the comments on the video above.

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Review: By Giancarlo Cortez – courtesy of The Scene Magazine

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Ian Mosley: Walk This Way!

Drummer Ian Mosley joined Marillion in 1984, it was the group’s second album. His journey to that point – a learning curve.

Photo by Christian Grube


Mosley started  playing drums when he was eight years old – officially.

” I have been told that I received a toy drum when I was three and I drove everyone mad banging it all over the house …” He laughs. ” My father was a classical musician, a violinist. I was raised in a musical family but I rebelled against classical – I wanted to play something a little more aggressive!”

Ian ‘aggressively’ pursued his craft. Foremost in Jazz music and the Big Band sound. His music teacher was responsible for that but then, like most teenagers of that era, soon learned to love and want to play rock music. Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and many more soon became Ian’s new – found love.

” I never was in a proper rock band.” says Ian. I studied in The Guildhall school of music under teacher Gilbert Webster in my late teens and floated around as a session guy. I was based at the Redan studios in  London and basically if the phone rang and someone needed me – I was there. That studio was very popular in those days. Genesis, Yes and a few other bands were always there …”


It was at the studio, in the kitchen – no less, where Mosley met a man who would ultimately change Ian’s life …

Steve Hackett from Genesis asked me if I could walk. He needed footsteps for his album.” Mosley laughs. ” I said ya – I am pretty good at walking thank you very much!  Steve then recorded me walking up and down in a stairwell for a song on his album. It was a real ambient kind of sound.”

Hackett learned that Ian was a drummer and asked the (then) twenty-six year old percussionist if he would like to jam with him.

“We got along very well and then Steve asked me if I wanted to go on a tour of the Americas with him. It was a quite an honor if I think about it. The most important thing is that Steve is such a nice guy. I ended up playing with him for two or three years and was on his solo albums. It was a great apprenticeship for me playing on the albums Highly Strung, Till We Have Faces, Time Lapse Live, and then Feedback.”


Mosley does think that his Father’s influence of violin and classical music did end up playing a role in his musical path. Marillion, Steve Hackett  and his other  influences, all along the lines of ‘Progressive Rock‘. A sound within popular music which many consider  ‘classical’.


” I enjoy playing music in what I call  movement which is the classical format.  I enjoy music that has light and shade and is multi – dimensional really. Prog – rock tends to be that – anything over three minutes …?  I am still not sure what ‘progressive rock’ means. I do not like the term, to me, music is either good or bad, it does not matter if it is two minutes or twenty minutes long. I don’t like the image of progressive rock as Stonehenge with gnomes dancing about and stuff … I am not really into that! I suppose people like to pigeon – hole stuff, if a song takes more than one listen, then they will say – that’s progressive rock. I suppose it makes them feel safer.”

Marillion has been together for thirty years. A fact which leaves Mosley proud and a bit surprised. He thinks it is an amazing accomplishment for not just his band – any band or group of musicians to stay together that long.

” If you had told me in the 1980’s that we would still be playing, I would have thought you completely mad …” Says Mosley. ” It is a lot of hard work and at the same time, a lot of hanging around. A lot of waiting in studios, airports, hotel rooms and dressing rooms. Because of the nature Marillion records, we write everything by jamming. Weeks can go by and nothing happens and then suddenly you can create a couple of real gems. It is well worth it and we ( Marillion) still enjoy it and believe we have a lot of energy to offer. We  still feel we are moving forward.”


Marillion has just released a new album. It is called ‘Sounds That Can’t be Made’.  The response from the fans has been very positive and Mosley says they have received thousand of emails which gives the band inspiration and a real morale boost.

“You don’t know what people will feel about an album when you are making it. You just make your baby and hope it is accepted. With Marillion, things do change a lot. My theory with the band is that things run in cycles of three albums. In  the early days, the most successful album – Misplaced Childhood, followed by our next two – we had everything written out. When we wrote our second album with  Steve Hogarth, Holidays in Eden, we had a blank canvas and it was the first time ( as a band with that line – up), we were writing together. It was difficult and a lot of hard work. By the time we recorded Brave,  it felt as if we became a complete unit and we were a band traveling down the same road. Usually it takes a year or two before I can listen to one of our albums objectively, with the new one – I listen to it and I believe it is a great album.”


Mosley, when he is not listening to his own music,  is all over the place in what he listens to in his spare time.

” I like Keane, I think they write great songs. I tend to like bands who have melody. I like Coldplay, I still like Pink Floyd and at the other end of the spectrum I like some of the heavier bands. System of a Down are a great band, they are a little heavier but I think they are a real band. It is them against the world and they have the balance down.”

As far as personal influence goes, Mosley’s  early idols retained a definite connection to the big bands.

” I loved Buddy Rich, Billy Coghlan, Elvin Jones on the Jazz – type stuff. In rock, I loved John Bonham, he was phenomenal. Neil Peart is an amazing player. We opened up for Rush on our Misplaced Childhood tour. He is a great player and Rush is a phenomenal band. They have also been around a long time and are huge here in England. They are also a bunch of great guys, they deserve to be elected into the Hall of Fame.”

Mosley believes that all types of music transport people back to certain simpler times in their lives. Occasions such as  kissing their first girlfriend. He stills get that feeling when he listens to Cat Stevens, a memory bank of a happy childhood comes streaming back. It is for that reason,  he loves doing it and it is why the band has been on the current tour. One which has lasted over a year now.


” We just finished our first convention in the Netherlands, it was so much fun. It is hard work since we do over eight hours of music over a weekend. On Friday we play the Radiation album and Saturday night – the whole of The Brave album. Sunday we play our new album plus a few greatest hits tossed in. It’s a lot to remember for guys our age. Any age for that matter.”

Following their weekend in Montreal on March  22, 23 and 24th, the band heads back home to do another convention weekend in April. Once the last convention is over, the band is taking a break for a few months.

” After that, we may write in the studio or do a few gigs. I know at Christmas time, we will be doing some shows, it is a tradition with Marillion that goes back to the beginning. When we play gigs, it reminds us why we do this in the first place.”

Mosley admits that the band has gone in cycles with their stage presence. When the budget was there and the band was hungry, a lot of money went into lasers and lights.”


” I always thought we were Pink Floyd on a smaller budget …” Laughs Mosley. ” We have built our own environment in these conventions. For the weekend gigs, we have a lot of lights and put effort into the shows that way. Regular shows – it is more scaled down. Over the years, it is cheaper and easier to carry stuff around on trucks. Most of the time it is about coming up with ideas that work. For me, it’s all about the music. You do not want to go backstage after a show, look at each other and say – great light show ! I mean if the budget is there – a light show is a bonus!”

After thirty years – it’s a learning curve …

Marillion is playing this coming weekend at Olympia Theatre in Montreal.