THE MUSICAL BOX – THE LAMB LIES DOWN ON BROADWAY (Club Nokia 10.20.11 review)

 

The Musical box is a Genesis re-creationist group from Montreal and they take their job seriously. This outing they are tackling the very heady Genesis prog rock concept record from 1975 The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway with vintage everything. Slides from the original tour as well as costumes and gear to match. In short they have recreated the show that you would have seen on the 1975-1976 tour (including Peter Gabriels weird little set up between the acts). I was too young to see Genesis with Peter Gabriel and I love this record so much that I could not resist. The band did not disappoint. All members are extremely talented and are playing note for note on most accounts. There was only one mini train wreck during the Colony Of Slippermen where the drummer lost his place. All in all between the sets, slides, outfits, amazing pacing and attention to detail I was blown away.  The sound at Club Nokia is perfect and the club is run very well (maybe too well as the ushers were in the isles all night holding signs that said no filming). The reason I have dubbed this as re-creationist rather than calling it a cover band is that it is no different from seeing a touring theatre company doing a production of Wicked. If you are a fan of theatre and a fan of prog rock this show is way worth it. To add a cherry on top, after finishing The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway they launched into a fantastic re-creation  of The Musical Box as well as Watcher Of The Sky’s (again complete with costume change for the singer etc) I think for those bands that are gone (KISS Grrrr…)  this is a cool way to lovingly preserve the work that was initially put in. I feel lambs wool under my naked feet.

 

4.5 (out of 5)

 

J.S.L.


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