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The Musical Box plays Genesis’ Foxtrot ‘the white show’

Friday, 21st November 2014
Cultuur Podium Boerderij, Zoetermeer, The Netherlands

Article and photos By Menno von Brucken Fock

For those who know: it was simply breathtaking superb. If you have missed this show, you did miss a lot. For those who don’ t know: please read on…

The Musical Box

The Musical Box is a Canadian tribute band who have taken on the delicate task to perform the most illustrious Genesis shows as original as possible. I have yet to see a band who perform all the songs so close to the original songs as the Musical Box. And then the theatrics: the original outfits, masquerades, tools and (in other shows) the images: everything as close to the original show as possible with maybe one exception: Gabriel surely was an entertaining character, even in his younger days, but his voice failed him now & then, Denis Gagné hardly misses one note, so in fact one tends to hear the songs performed even better than the original band did, as confirmed by more than member of the great Genesis.

The Musical Box

As tribute bands tend to get more people to the venue than most ‘neo-prog’ outfits, this was no exception. Although ‘De Boerderij’ wasn’t sold out completely, ‘upstairs’ was open and the venue was nicely filled.

The Musical Box

The majestic intro of Watcher Of The Skies gave goose bumps to everyone in the hall and although ‘Gabriel’ had one or two falters in his speeches, the overall message was clear: they really ‘were’ Genesis! Stunning renditions of The Musial Box and the superb song Get ‘Em Out By Friday, lyrically a true protest song from the early seventies!

The Musical Box

After a nice story by ‘Gabriel’ it was time for Supper’s Ready. Admitted, apart from ‘Peter Gabriel’ the show was quite static, but … so was the original performance! Tremendous handling of the keyboards on The Return of the Giant Hogweed and again it sounded the same as on Genesis Live (1973).

The Musical Box

Seeing these guys play, one can only conclude Genesis in their heydays were a fantastic bunch of musicians with incredibly craftsmanship and a high level of originality. From the first ‘real’ ‘prog’ album Trespass the band performed The Knife, one of my personal favorites.

The Musical Box

As encores songs I never heard live before: Fountain of Salmacis (Nursery Cryme) and Can-Utility and the Coastliners from the album Foxtrot.

The Musical Box

As the all other shows by The Musical Box, the authenticity of both the music as well as the vocals were extraordinary. In all its simplicity the songs performed are probably close to the very best Genesis recorded and should there be another opportunity, go catch this band live, you won’t be disappointed.

Setlist
Watcher of the Skies
The Musical Box
Get 'em Out by Friday
Supper's Ready
The Return of the Giant Hogweed
The Knife
Fountain of Salmacis
Can-Utility and the Coastliners
Slideshow

Links
The Musical Box official Website

Cultuur Podium Boerderij

 


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