The Musical Box Hammersmith Apollo

Went to see the Genesis tribute band, The Musical Box, at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on Friday, 16th. This is a French-Canadian band. Went on the bus, only £14 return, a few pints in the pub walking down from Shepherds Bush and a quick Thai meal before the group started.

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The Musical Box played ‘their acclaimed reproduction of Genesis’ most loved album, The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway’. Haven’t actually seen Genesis live, but apparently this is one of the most faithful renditions which is actually given performing rights by Peter Gabriel and Genesis, plus exclusive access to archives, audio tracks and original slideshow.
This is not actually my favourite album, I like the earlier ones best, But….

 

It was brilliant and after the album had been played in its entirety, the band continued with a version of The Musical Box and possibly my best Genesis track, Watcher of The Skies from the album Foxtrot.

Must ‘dust’ of my Genesis albums and have a re-listen. The early albums were, in my opinion, far the best, they kinda lost the plot and went a bit bland, 80’s pop trio, when Phil Collins took over.

The Australian Classic Rock Show

Went to the see ‘The Australian Classic Rock Show’ at the New Theatre, started at possible my favourite pub in Oxford – Far from the Madding Crowd Crowd.

 

Below is a write up found on the internet –

From the producers of the phenomenally successful tribute concert, ‘The Australian Pink Floyd Show’ comes a brand new concept. Using the same winning formula of impeccable musicianship matched with a spectacular sound and lights show, animations and a sprinkle of Aussie humour, The Australian Classic Rock Show presents two and a half hours of classic rock’s best moments! A virtuoso band of the finest musicians on the planet will perform a mix of selected classic rock album sides plus a special anthem-by-anthem climax to the show, including tracks by Supertramp, Dire Straits, Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Steely Dan, Genesis, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd and The Who. An unforgettable evening of guitar rocking, air punching, chorus singing, foot stomping fun. Sore throat guaranteed!

And I got to say it was rather brilliant. The tracks from Dire Straits were especially good.