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!

Peter Gabriel: 8/4/1993

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I have to say, I was FLOORED by this concert. Peter Gabriel is a musical genius, in my opinion, and his stage show was nothing short of mindblowing.

This tour was in support of his album “Us.” I really connected with that album and was listening to it a lot at that time. My wife is also a huge Gabriel fan, so when the show was announced, we immediately bought tickets.

Gabriel had two stages for this performance: a “male” stage that was your traditional stage at the end of the arena and a circular “female” stage in the center. The two stages were connected by a long runway with a conveyor belt that symbolized the connection between the masculine and the feminine.

He opened the show with “Come Talk To Me.” An old-fashioned phone booth rose out of the main (male) stage with Peter inside, singing into the telephone. As the urgency of the song increased, he began pulling on the phone line, coming out of the phone booth and making his way down the runway to the circular (female) stage, all the while tethered to the phone booth by the cable and singing into the receiver. As he finished the song on the circular stage, the telephone cable pulled him back into the isolation of the phone booth. That was just the first song… it kept getting better after that.

The entire show was nothing short of amazing. He played everything you would expect him to play and his theatrics captivated everyone there. This is one of those concerts that is forever etched in my memory.