|Born on: 25.11.1959
Rothery began to play the guitar at the age of 15. In 1979, he saw an ad in the music press for a band called Silmarillion that needed a guitarist. He auditioned successfully for the band (August 19, 1979). From this point he concentrated more on melody, composition and mood and less on his technique (similarly like The Edge of U2 does). Later, Silmarillion shortened its name to Marillion. Rothery is the only member of Marillion's founding lineup who remains in the band to this day. As well as work with Marillion, he started a solo project under the name The Wishing Tree (with Hannah Stobart providing vocals), and released an album called Carnival of Souls.
In 1995, Rothery performed the Marillion song Easter with American progressive metal band Dream Theater (and fellow band member Steve Hogarth) at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club in London.