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Hibernian FC supporting ex-STONEDOME and, more prominently, MARILLION vocalist Fish was born Derek William Dick on 25th April 1958 in Dalkeith, Scotland. Having tasted a great deal of fame fronting the hugely successful MARILLION, the big man departed the band's ranks in September of 1988 although Fish's first venture into solo territory came whilst still a member of the band on the 'Shortcut To Somewhere' single with GENESIS keyboard player TONY BANKS.

Fish's first studio band included former GILLAN guitarist Janick Gers, guitarists Frank Usher and Hal Lindes, BIG COUNTRY drummer Mark Brzezicki and CAMEL keyboard player Mickey Simmonds. Whilst wriggling out of his EMI deal, having released the 'Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors' album in 1990, Fish indulged in a spot of thespianism by putting in a cameo appearance in the TV drama 'Jute City'.

With his move to Polydor Fish retained the services of Usher and Simmonds, adding BIG BIG SUN guitarist Robin Boult, bassist David Paton and drummer Ethan Johns although Ex MICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP drummer Ted McKenna also contributed to the first Polydor related album, 1991's 'Internal Exile' album. Whilst the album achieved a solid placing in the British top 30 album charts, Fish's subsequent 'Innocent Exile' tour was affected when promoters Dance Factory went bust, necessitating the cancellation of some all important Scottish gigs. These were later rescheduled.

Oddly, the man's next studio release, the 1993 album 'Songs From The Mirror', turned out to be a record of cover versions including interpretations of tracks by ARGENT, PINK FLOYD, THE KINKS, T REX and GENESIS.

Later that year and disillusioned with the corporate record industry Fish formed his own record company, Dick Bros, with 'Sushi' being the first product through the label.

With keyboard player Mickey Simmonds departing Fish nabbed Foster Patterson in his place, also placing drummer Kevin Wilkinson in Ethan Johns' position behind the tubs. FISH's 1994 touring line up comprised of Boult and Usher on guitar, Paton on bass, keyboard player James Cassidy and CAMEL drummer Dave Stewart.

In 1995 Fish simultaneously released two new albums, 'Yin' and 'Yang' and the single 'Just Good Friends' featured a duet with female pop vocalist and PINK FLOYD live backing singer SAM BROWN.

Fish has since issued a brand new record through Dick Bros, namely 1997's 'Sunsets On Empire' set recorded with Usher, Patterson, Boult, Stewart plus guitarist Steve Wilson of PORCUPINE TREE and bass player Ewen Vernal. Touring the same year found Fish sharing the stage with Simmonds, Boult and Stewart once more together with Steve Frances on bass.

The big man signed to Roadrunner Records in 1999 and made a further appearance on TV amusingly playing the character of Scottish Rock star 'Derek Trout'. Live work had Fish retaining Usher and Stewart but adding guitarist John Wesley, bassist Steve Vantsis and POSITIVE LIGHT keyboard player Tony Turrell.

The 2001 'Fellini Days' album was promoted by touring in the UK, Europe and South America. Fans would be in for a surprise later in the year as FISH doled out a free 'Companion disc' to accompany the record. FISH also found time to appear on the music quiz TV show 'Never Mind The Buzzcocks' and also as an S&M obsessive in a low budget movie!

In January 2002 FISH appeared alongside Dutch band DE KAST and FOCUS guitarist JAN AKKERMAN on a European TV special. Shows later in the year found FISH performing a two night run at Liverpool's famous Cavern Club, performing the MARILLION 'Misplaced Childhood' album in its entirity on June 24th and 25th.

FISH promoted the 2007 album 'The Thirteenth Star' with a lengthy UK tour throughout September.

Fans would be shocked to learn Fish was retiring from music with an announcement concerning his health in December 2008. The singer wrote in an official blog "I had an examination. As soon as I heard the phrase 'irregular cell growth' my mind went cold. I knew what it meant. In all honesty, I am 50 years old, I smoke, drink, have a 'colourful' history, have sung at nearly 1,700 gigs over 27 years and have conducted three times as many interviews. It's like standing on the M1 and expecting not to be hit by a car." 

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