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.
As the unofficial mayor of Nippertown, I do hereby declare this to be Prog Rock Week! Yes, oh yes, this just might be the single most progressive-rock heavy week since the lamb first lied down on Broadway.
We start off with live-local, shred-national fretburner Mike Campese, who lands at Hot Shots in Glens Falls on Monday. The mighty, mighty guitar god Allan Holdsworth graces us with a performance at the GE Theatre at Proctors in Schenectady at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, sporting the A-list rhythm section of drummer Chad Wackerman and bassist Jimmy Johnson. Also on Tuesday, the one-man, mandolin-and-sequencer sonic assault team known as the Disposable Rocket Band blasts off at Valentine’s, opening the show for Steve Gaylord/Gay Tastee and the Destroying Angel.
The Big Bash implodes on Friday night – the Montreal-based prog-rock band/theater company the Musical Box, who have made a career out of slavishly recreating the music and live performances of (yes, let us all now bow down) Genesis. At the Mainstage at Proctors they’ll be firing up “A Trick of the Tail,” which sadly enough means that we’ll all be pining for the Peter Gabriel vibe bigtime. Nippertown prog heroes Fear of Flying launch the evening. Also on Friday, Brit power-metal juggernaut DragonForce breathes sonic fire at Northern Lights. Also blasting away at yer eardrums at NL will be the legendary Flordia prog-thrashers Cynic, who are back in the saddle once again.
And wrapping it all up on Saturday night at the Bearsville Theate in Woodstock, guitarmeister Joey Eppard melts his frets as hometown boys 3 pull back the curtains for a sneak preview of their new Metal Blade Records release. Just as cool, the Dear Hunter opens the show.
Oh my goodness gracious, honey, let’s slip into our silver platform boots and wrap those matching faux-silk scarves around our necks. Gas up the car. We got some shows to see…