MARILLION, the most successful neo-progressive rock band of the 1980s, are on the road in the spring, booked into York Barbican on April 22.

Formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, in 1979 and now heading for their 40th year of musically experimental, emotional rock, they released their latest studio album, FEAR (F*** Everyone And Run) – their 18th – in September 2016.

Warner Music are in the process of reissuing eight Marillion studio albums from their EMI days in deluxe editions, beginning with Misplaced Childhood last year and continuing with Brave in a four CD and Blu-ray box set and a five LP version on March 9.

Both sets will feature the original studio album newly remastered by Steven Wilson and, for the first time, a complete recording of Marillion's April 1994 performance in Paris, newly expanded with nine unreleased tracks. Remixed by FEAR producer Michael Hunter, it includes a performance of Brave in its entirety.

The CD/Blu-ray also contains the album’s original mix by producer Dave Meegan, plus 96/24 audio of Steven Wilson’s remix in stereo and 5.1; promotional videos for the album’s singles and a new documentary about the album with concert footage and interviews with all the band members and Meegan.

Brave is available to pre-order now at "We will be hand signing a special A4-sized print for anyone who orders from us before midnight on February 16," say the band.

Marillion have their place in rock history as innovators. In 2001, they took the groundbreaking step of asking fans to pre-order their album Anoraknophobia a full 12 months before release. Anyone doing so would receive a specially packaged CD that would include their name in the Thanks list.

No fewer than 12,000 people signed up, helping not only to finance the recording, but also to create a budget to launch the album. In doing so, Marillion invented "crowdfunding". They have since funded a number of albums this way, while the crowd-funded business model has been embraced globally to finance music, film and art that otherwise might never have existed.

Tickets for April 22 are on sale at £34.15 and £39.75 on 0844 854 2757, at or in person from the Barbican box office.