Genesis: 3/1/1987

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I don’t remember a whole lot about this concert. I don’t even recall who it was I went with. I do remember not being very impressed with the show. We had seats in the upper deck way in the back, and Genesis was not able to connect with a stadium crowd, in my humble opinion. I remember them opening with “Mama,” which was good, but then as I watched the ants mill about on stage, and had to sit through a plethora of their poppy songs, I lost interest rapidly. I did manage to make it through the entire show, in spite of it all.

Peter Gabriel solo was way better in concert than Genesis with Phil Collins at the helm. But that’s just my opinion.

Anyway, I found the setlist online, so here it is. Really, that’s about all I have to share on this show. Rock on!

Setlist:

  •  Mama
  •  Abacab
  •  Domino
  •  That’s All
  •  The Brazilian
  •  In the Cage
  •  …In That Quiet Earth
  •  Afterglow
  •  Land of Confusion
  •  Tonight, Tonight, Tonight
  •  Throwing It All Away
  •  Home by the Sea
  •  Second Home by the Sea
  •  Invisible Touch
  •  Drum Duet
  •  Los Endos

Encore:

  •  Turn It On Again

The Musical Box: 7/22/2014

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So I decided on this stub as a follow-up to my last post on Peter Gabriel. The Musical Box is a Genesis tribute band, and while tribute bands are generally not my thing (I have only seen a few over the years), I was prompted to check this band out for a couple reasons. First, I heard from several musician friends that they were outstanding. Next, I love early Genesis with Peter Gabriel and when I saw Genesis, it was without Peter (that’s another stub and another story). Finally, they were performing “Selling England By The Pound” in its entirety, which is my favorite Genesis album. I figured I would have to go and check them out.

I went with my wife, but there were also a lot of my friends there: Bill, Audrey, Chris, Bob, Anne, just to name a few. When I saw the elaborate stage setup, I knew we were in for an impressive show. They did not disappoint.

The band opened with “Watcher of the Skies” and I was wowed right off the bat. Not only did they sound like Genesis, but they looked like them. It was kind of spooky. There were times when I it almost felt like I was seeing the original and not a tribute.

From a musician’s perspective, I was very impressed by the technical ability of everyone on stage. Pulling off early Genesis and doing it well is no small feat. They were balanced, tight, clean, basically flawless in their execution.

If you’re a Genesis fan, I recommend checking this band out if you get the opportunity. They are well worth it.

Cheers!