After recent over-runs by Madge I bet the staff at The London Palladium were relieved to hear at 10:35pm last night these words from the stage, "We only have one more song to play for you." Little did they know...
In 2018, in an all-out performance of live visual signature stunts, a museum-worthy array of vintage instruments and a dizzying pace of hit tracks and stage rarities, Genesis tribute act The Musical Box indulged in, for the first time in its 25 year existence, an intense trip of their own imagining into the world of early Genesis. In 2020, they returned with Part II of this, their Genesis Extravaganza.
As the only band ever licensed and supported by Genesis and Peter Gabriel, The Musical Box took us on a journey through the dusty delights of the music of Trespass, Nursery Crime, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, A Trick of the Tail and Wind & Wuthering.
For three hours Paul, Colin and I sat entranced. It was joyous. It was wonderful. It was prog.
And that last song? Supper's Ready. All 25 minutes of it. The last note of which rang out on the stroke of 11pm. Madonna would have been proud.
What the members of Genesis say about The Musical Box:-
"The Musical Box recreated, very accurately I must say, what Genesis was doing." – Peter Gabriel
"They’re not a tribute band, they have taken a period and are faithfully reproducing it in the same way that someone do to a theatrical production." – Phil Collins
"I cannot imagine that you could have a better tribute for any act. They not only manage to sound, but look virtually identical. It seems as though nothing is too difficult for them." – Steve Hackett
"It was better than the real thing actually. It was great, that was fantastic." – Mike Rutherford
"The guy who does Peter Gabriel is brilliant."– Tony Banks
The set-list was as follows:
Eleventh Earl of Mar
Dance on a Volcano
Down and Out
...In That Quiet Earth / Robbery, Assault and Battery / Wot Gorilla?
The Fountain of Salmacis
Can-Utility and the Coastliners
Looking for Someone
Firth of Fifth
The Cinema Show
The Musical Box
a. Lover's Leap
b. The Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man
c. Ikhnaton and Itsacon and Their Band of Merry Men
d. How Dare I Be So Beautiful?
e. Willow Farm
f. Apocalypse in 9/8 (Co-Starring the Delicious Talents of Gabble Ratchet)
g. As Sure as Eggs Is Eggs (Aching Men's Feet)