Musical Box, The (October 2006)

Date of Performance: October 29, 2006
Venue: Proctor's Theater, Schenectady, NY, US

"The Musical Box plays Genesis better than Genesis." You can't get a better endorsement than that quote from Peter Gabriel himself. Having seen the Musical Box twice before (The Lamb... & Selling England...) still did not stop me from attending the band's latest romp through the capital district. Gracing the stage at Schenectady's historic Proctor's Theater ( one could not ask for a better venue to see the music and stage show of Genesis being performed. The band is currently playing the Foxtrot and Selling England By The Pound shows on this tour. I was hoping for Foxtrot since I had already witnessed SEBTP. But, that did not stop me from dropping the cash to see these guys perform again. All three shows have been amazing, and for someone who was too young to see the originals perform this material, you feel as if you have.

The band employs all the props, costumes, video footage, and even the same instruments that Genesis used so many years ago. Opening with the monstrous "Watcher Of The Skies," vocalist Denis Gagne stands completely still, with the makeup around his eyes glowing, adding to the eerie mellotron sounds. Gagne seems to become Gabriel, based on the videos I have seen, his movements and vocals are so good that once the show gets started, you don't feel like you are watching a tribute band. Everything is done so well, you actually just sit back and enjoy the music and feel like you are watching Genesis. Unfortunately, the show did have some technical problems, the keyboard levels seemed off for the early part of the show, but the sound mix was finally corrected about 4 songs in. Personal highlights include their amazing rendition of "Firth Of Fifth," played brilliantly by the band, and the solo sections were stunning. "The Musical Box" is another song that gives me Goosebumps every time. The highlight of the show was the performance of "Supper's Ready." The band stumbled coming into the 666 vocal section, but other than that it was a great performance. They also seemed to stretch out the encore "The Knife," getting a little playful with the ending. Great musicianship and music, the band is so convincing in their performance, this is a must see for any Genesis fan.

Fear Of Flying, a local progressive act opened the show. A 4 piece band consisting of the standard guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, their music has a rock vibe to it, with complex drumming and a lot of guitar. It has to be difficult to get a crowd that is completely focused on hearing some classic Genesis to give you a shot. I got to see about 30 minutes of the band, and the crowd seemed to be drawn into the theater to hear these guys. By the end of the performance, the crowd was quite appreciative giving the band a good round of applause. They closed with the self-named track "Fear Of Flying," and I really enjoyed their instrumental music. They also feature vocals (courtesy of bassist Tearle Ashby), and the song that sticks in my head was titled "Windows." I was very impressed by the musicianship, especially that of guitarist Carm Grasso, and the drumming of Tom Occhiogrosso. The band currently has a CD (and other merchandise) available on their website Check out their audio samples, and watch for a new CD to be coming out soon. This is a band I will make sure to catch in the future.

Added: November 1st 2006
Reviewer: Eric Porter

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