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Dec 9th 2017 @ Islington Assembly Hall

London, United Kingdom
I Was There
IQ live at Islington Assembly Hall, London
Saturday, December 9th, 2017
7:00 PM
Islington Assembly Hall
London, United Kingdom
Tidal Concerts proudly presents:
IQ at Islington Assembly Hall

No Support – Early Show – Band on-stage at 8:00pm
Doors - 7:00pm // Price - £20.00 Adv.
Tickets -


With a 35-year history, IQ are widely regarded as one of the world’s most highly respected progressive rock bands. Formed in 1981 by guitarist Mike Holmes and keyboard player Martin Orford, they recruited bassist Tim Esau, followed by vocalist Peter Nicholls and drummer Paul Cook. Their first cassette album ‘Seven Stories Into Eight’ was released in 1982. Constant gigging throughout the UK led to them becoming a regular fixture at London’s legendary Marquee Club.

Their first vinyl album ‘Tales From The Lush Attic’ was released in 1983, and was followed by the genre-defining classic ‘The Wake’ in 1985. The live set ‘Living Proof’ followed shortly after. However, tensions within the band, plus a punishing live schedule, resulted in the departure of Peter Nicholls in 1985, at the end of a UK tour with Wishbone Ash.

With new singer Paul Menel, the band headlined London's Piccadilly Theatre and secured a lucrative record deal with Phonogram. New studio albums ‘Nomzamo’ (1987) and ‘Are You Sitting Comfortably?’ (1989) were promoted by extensive European tours with Magnum and Mike And The Mechanics.

In 1990, dissatisfied with the lack of support from Phonogram, Menel and Esau left IQ. The remaining members recruited Les 'Ledge' Marshall on bass and a chance meeting with Peter Nicholls led to his rejoining the band, but tragedy struck when Les died suddenly and unexpectedly in the summer of that year.

The 1991 release of the live and rarities album ‘J'ai Pollette d'Arnu’ was a significant event, being the first release on Giant Electric Pea, a new label founded by members and associates of IQ. This year also saw the arrival of John Jowitt as the band’s new bassist.

With a stable line-up once more, IQ resumed live work in the UK, Europe and North America while writing new songs which would form the basis of ‘Ever’ (1993). The sumptuous live box set ‘Forever Live’ was released in 1996, followed in 1997 by the band’s magnum opus, the monumental double concept album ‘Subterranea’. This was promoted with a completely new multi-media live presentation, featuring the album performed in full, which earned the band universal acclaim.

In 1998, IQ re-recorded their first cassette album as ‘Seven Stories into ’98’ and released the rarities album ‘The Lost Attic’ in 1999. New studio album ‘The Seventh House’ followed in 2000, and 2002 marked the release of the ‘Subterranea: The Concert’ DVD and live CD. The release of 2004’s ‘Dark Matter’ and the ‘IQ20’ 20th Anniversary Concert DVD saw IQ back at the very top of the progressive rock tree. ‘Dark Matter’ was voted Album of the Year in countless music magazines around the world.

In 2005, Paul Cook left IQ after 23 years’ service. He was replaced by Andy Edwards (ex-Robert Plant Band) who features on the 2-DVD live set ‘Stage’, filmed in the USA and Germany that year. Another line-up change followed in 2007 with the departure of Martin Orford after 26 years. His replacement was Mark Westworth, formerly with Darwin’s Radio. After a short autumn tour in 2007, IQ set about completing work on their next studio album.

‘Frequency’, IQ’s ninth studio album – ‘a musical tour de force’ – was released in 2009 and found the band still very much at the top of their game, receiving universally positive reviews. Later that year Andy Edwards’ decision to leave the band led to the return of original drummer Paul Cook, and in 2010 IQ marked the 25th anniversary of their seminal album ‘The Wake’ with the release of a deluxe 4-disc collector’s box set featuring a host of previously unheard studio outtakes, demos and live tracks. The accompanying tour resulted in a live CD/DVD of the album performed in its entirety. At the end of the year, Mark Westworth and John Jowitt both announced their departures from the group.

The return of bassist Tim Esau early in 2012 meant that 4 of the 5 original members of the band were once again in IQ, the line-up being completed by new recruit Neil Durant on keyboards. Later that year the band marked the 15th anniversary of ‘Subterranea’ by releasing the album on vinyl for the first time and re-staging the original show in full, updated with improved technology and production values.

2013 saw the 30th anniversary of IQ's first album 'Tales from the Lush Attic' being celebrated with a completely new mix from the original 24-track masters, released in both 2-disc CD/DVD hardback book and gatefold heavy duty vinyl editions. This was shortly followed by the vinyl release of the band's 1993 album 'Ever'.

In 2014 IQ released their eleventh studio album ‘The Road Of Bones’ to unanimous praise, rightfully taking the ‘Album of the Year’ slot in virtually every progressive rock poll that year. A special edition 2-disc version included an album’s worth of extra new tracks. The double live CD ‘Live On The Road Of Bones’ appeared in 2015, and the band’s first Blu-ray ‘Scrape Across The Sky’, filmed at the band’s ever popular annual Christmas concert in Holland, followed at the end of 2016.

And so to 2017: IQ are planning gigs in the UK, Scandinavia and Canada, in between writing sessions for the next, as yet untitled, studio album.
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