The Musical Box is to Genesis cover bands what Civil War reenactors are to kids playing with toy soldiers. The band is so much like the real thing that it’s easy to forget you’re watching both a dramatic and musical performance. The members of The Musical Box inhabit the characters they portray in the way a method actor might. From the clothes to the voices to the gestures to the playing of their instruments, you’d swear you were watching Genesis.
On Thursday at The Egg in Albany, the band played the set list that Genesis used during its 1976 tour in support of “A Trick Of The Tail.” This was the first album of the post-Peter Gabriel band, and the first tour in which Phil Collins had to serve as the front man.
They made their Nippertown debut back in December, 2004, with a recreation of Genesis’ performance of the classic “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway” at the Palace Theatre in Albany.
Last May, the band returned to town for a performance at Proctors in Schenectady, where they served up “A Trick of the Tail,” Genesis’ first post-Peter Gabriel album.
David Singer of The Daily Gazette raved, “To call The Musical Box a Genesis cover band is to sell it far short,” raved David Singer of The Daily Gazette. “It’s unfair to compare covers to originals — a different time and place in history — but I’ll say Musical Box would give their forefathers a run for their money.”
Now the Musical Box is bringing “A Trick of the Tail” back to town – this time performing it at The Egg in Albany on Thursday evening.
The Musical Box re-creates rather than interprets. “We’re not playing the band’s greatest hits or playing our own interpretation of Genesis music,” explains the Musical Box’s artistic director and archivist Serge Morissette. “We don’t do any improvisation or adaptation. That’s not what we do. Our purpose is to reconstruct the original show.”
As they did at Proctors, Nippertown’s own premier prog-rock combo, Fear of Flying, will open the show at 7:30pm.
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