Bringing Genesis to Life
We scope out more than our fair share of strange local events here at Guru Central, but yesterday, we came across one that really caught our attention.
Witness The Musical Box.
This Canadian group re-creates entire Genesis concerts from the years 1972-1975, when both Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins were part of the band.
The Musical Box will be performing two shows at the State Theater on Oct. 17 and 18. The first night brings 1973-74's Selling England By The Pound Tour to life; the second focuses on the Foxtrot tour.
Think I'm making this up? Check out their site. For $40 each night, you could find yourself living through the psychedelic spectacular that was a Genesis concert -- complete with costumes, sets, lighting design and, of course, Peter Gabriel's theatrical delivery of those rockin' 70s songs.
Early '70s Genesis was a little before my time, so I don't know too much about the tours from back in the day. Just listenting to a few clips from the Foxtrot and Selling England by the Pound albums, though, it's clear that groovy '70s Genesis is way different than the pop-friendly "Invisible Touch" Genesis I came to know and love when I was 5. The early Genesis was a band committed to being taken seriously, as a rock-and-roll band and as a stage show.
So maybe I'm missing something when I see a $40 ticket price as way too much for a tribute band concert. Granted, the Musical Box has invested a lot of time and money in checking out newspaper clippings, videos, photos and slides in order to re-create the entire Genesis experience. If the reviews on its Web site are any indication, the musicians do what they do quite successfully. But why pay $40? Aren't you going to get less of a show for your money when you check out a tribute band? Isn't that part of the fun?
What say you, Guru readers? What really makes a tribute band worth it? Is this Peter Gabriel wannabe too hard to resist?
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