The last couple of weekends have been great if you are a Genesis fan. You had the chance to see ‘The Musical Box’ performing Genesis classics at the Keswick Theatre in Glenside PA and Mike Rutherford (Mike and the Mechanics) last Friday in Asbury Park NJ and in NYC last Sunday. Most people will always remember him for his time with Genesis. He was in the area for a handful of small shows to promote his new album, “Let Me Fly”.
If you missed that show, you had the option of going to the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City to see the Genesis tribute band, ‘Trespass’ last Friday night. They do a Peter Gabriel era show complete with show props from early 1970’s. They have been around for quite a while now and have a loyal fan base that swears by Gabriel’s era of Genesis and will not have it any other way.
Then there is ‘THE GENESIS SHOW’. If you are a fan of the Phil Collins, Steve Hackett (1977) era of Genesis, this band is definitely for you.
‘THE GENESIS SHOW’ performed to a near sold out show at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in Collingswood NJ last Saturday night. That was the option I chose to satisfy my thirst for prog music last weekend. Genesis is my all time favorite band and I have covered many tribute bands and past members of Genesis including Mike Rutherford and Steve Hackett.
This is the first time I have covered a band that plays the post-Gabriel era of Genesis (1976-1982) and ‘The Genesis Show’ does this with masterful precision. This marks the band’s 5th show in just a year since they first started but that doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to this band.
There was a lot of buzz going into this band prior to their first show back on April 02, 2016. They had sold out the Landis Theatre in Vineland NJ !! The place holds over 500 seats and the band calls Vineland home. That first show has helped carry their reputation ever since. It didn’t happen overnight for them either. The band rehearsed for close to 3 years before doing a proper show.
The show they focused on in last weekend in Collingswood was from the setlist that Genesis actually played on March 08, 1977 at the Spectrum in Philadelphia PA. The show was complete with the addition of one extra song, “Blood on the Rooftop”. The 1977 Tour is also known as the ‘Seconds Out’ Tour named after the double live album of the same name. The band’s lead singer, Jeff Guilanni, is also the band’s second Drummer. Jeff is able to drop into his set just as Phil Collins would have done during these songs when they were performed some 40 years ago. On the other Drum Kit was Vince Corda.
Both drummers were excellent and the drum solo they did during ‘Los Endos’ was amazing !! The rest of the band was just as awesome with Stephen McQuaid on Guitars, Andre De Champlain on Bass and Matt Thomas on Keyboards. The band played straight through for nearly 2 and 1/2 hours with no intermission.
A lot has to be said about their light show as well. Not only have they put a lot of effort into reproducing the sounds of that era but the light show is amazing. They are paying attention to the details of the shows that Genesis did back in the day for the fans of Genesis today. There were a lot of fans on hand that were not around for those shows in 1977.
Here is a look at the setlist…
ONE FOR THE VINE
ROBBERY, ASSAULT AND BATTERY
YOUR OWN SPECIAL WAY
FIRTH OF FIFTH
BLOOD ON THE ROOFTOPS
IN THAT QUIET EARTH
I KNOW WHAT I LIKE
ELEVENTH EARL OF MAR
DANCE ON A VOLCANO
THE LAMB/MUSICAL BOX