Singer Paul Tovell goes by the name of Fish and has done for as long as anyone can remember. He’s loud and proud, like the Marillion front man. Born and bred in Bermondsey under Aquarius, as a mere child he witnessed Noddy Holder and Slade strut their stuff at Wembley. Like Noddy, Fish can belt a tune or do soft and sensitive, as he does on the Whitesnake cover of Bobby Bland’s Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City. A lifelong Status Quo fan, Fish rarely misses one of their shows and rates the Frantic Four’s reunion at Hammersmith as his best ever gig. Too young to have seen The Beatles in concert, but wishing he had, Fish has a soft centre for early 70’s glam-rockers Sweet. He naturally checks Thin Lizzy and Whitesnake as influences.
There’s nothing Chardonnay about Fish – like his favourite Simpsons character Homer, he’s an ice-cold beer man. Appropriately, Fish loves the sea. His favourite holiday is a cruise, when he can relax with a good read like “Phil Lynott – The Rocker” but if the ship goes down he’ll be quite at home on his desert island with a DVD player watching Westworld and From Dusk Till Dawn or listening to Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars.